08/27/2009 11:21PM

A Night at the Fair


The Washington County Fair, about 15 miles from Saratoga on route 29 between Greenwich and Schuylerville, runs through Sunday and is worth a trip for the hot cider donuts alone.

On Thursday night at 7 p.m., traffic was backed up two miles, but you could still park only a quarter of a mile away.


Marty here is a Clydesdale and, what's more, a Black Clydesdale. Note and heed the sign under Marty's nose:


This is Patsy, a Belgian:


The midway features the usual: Games you can't win, rides you don't want to try too soon after your first corndog, and terrible funhouses with names like The Cuckoo Haus. And maybe it's me, but this futuristic ride just doesn't seem so futuristic in 2009:


All of the goats were cute, but this one caught my eye:


Notice the resemblance to a certain spleenless greyhound?


You do a lot of walking at the fair, and that requires a lot of fuel:


I had my first-ever deep-fried Twinkie. Not as bad as it sounds, honest. Plus, one corndog, one sausage, and four of the best hot cider donuts you will find from sea to shining sea.

And now, with lighter spirits and a heavier torso, on to the Friday card.

Mark S More than 1 year ago
Rogi, Thanks so much for the reply. I checked the "fair" blog on a whim after the Travers. I'm sorry you won't be at Delaware (no cinnamon roll!). As a consolation prize, maybe you'll email and we can catch up on Ohio and the Jug? I hope you and I are the last two blog-watchers reading the "day old" news cuz here's my email: mdschwar@owu.edu If you're an Ohio person you might be able to guess this email.
Rogi More than 1 year ago
Mark S, Unfortunately, no Delaware Fair for me. My dad has cut back this year and we really just do the Knox and Columbiana Fairs in Ohio. We do a lot more in PA- but none with notable harness racing. I would love to go to the Little Brown Jug someday. Or even the Hambletonian, which is just a few miles from me. I always have to work that weekend. Have fun in Ohio. It is, in my humble opinion, the greatest state!
Rogi More than 1 year ago
Steve, I just want to say thanks not only for all of your valuable handicapping insights but for the plethora of gastronomic tidbits throughout the summer. My significant other and I enjoyed three days at Saratoga last week and followed your advice on what to eat and what not to eat. I also walked down the main drag (it had been some years since I had been to town) and saw the unfortunate signs of "progress" (i.e. Ann Taylor and Talbots) through your eyes. More importantly, thanks ever so much for the Washington County Fair update. I grew up in the carnival and fair business and have a delightful cinnamon roll trailer that I showcase at fairs in Ohio and PA. I am hoping to expand to the New York county fair circuit and your coverage of the event was very helpful. Essentially, I am a Manhattan girl who longs to live upstate. I am also in the midst of writing a non-fiction book about fairs, carnivals, carnies and hopefully their intersection with horse racing-mostly harness. Thanks again. I love your blog- and books!
Don Reed More than 1 year ago
The Two Days of the Year when the Weather Channel can just Mail It In: The Haskell: Broiling Sunshine, or Waist-Deep Rain; Mandatory Humidity. The Travers: Olympic champion Mike Phelps will escort you to your seat in Row "S" (in the Sahara); SPF (Sunstroke Pace Figures) recommended.
callmetony More than 1 year ago
The bulbs on the # 10 on the tote still don't work !!!!! Can this be such a big deal to fix with how many millions coming in a day ? Dosen't anyone from NYRA read the blog ! How in the dark are these people?
bochalls More than 1 year ago
We all know that the term is 'crispy' now, not deep fried. The latter sounds too greasy. Just a lil PC update for ya!
Buffalo Mike More than 1 year ago
Steve Man if you keep eating like that you're gonna have the big one (and I don't mean a pick 6 ).
Ralph Conterr More than 1 year ago
Weather not looking to good for this weekend. Hope its ok for saturday with the biggest the of the meet.
callmetony More than 1 year ago
Steve you are too funny . I was going to go thurs for the demolition derby night but changed my mind .
ML/NJ More than 1 year ago
The Los Angeles County Fair is better!