Altamont Fair is ready for a week of fun, food, and festivities

August 13, 2019 05:47 PM

ALTAMONT – Festis is a five-year old just happy to be at the 126th edition of the Altamont Fair. He enjoys the snacks and the action all around him and shouting at the top of his lungs once in a while. And he enjoys the pets – but he might nip at you.

Festis is a donkey rescued from a kill pen in Colorado and is at the head of the baby animal section of the fair.


Once called the Altamont Sunflower Fair, the tents are up, the food vendors are out and the livestock are all set in their hotel for the week. In the cattle barn, Sadie Luck is primping Cherry Coca-Cola, one of her Oberhasli goats from her Pine Ridge Farm. She and her mom's Neverdone Farm are adjacent to each other in Schenectady.

"I've done everything from goats to rabbits to horses," said Luck. "I've done fine arts here and then with the 4-H program I've also done the master showmanship so you show beef cows, dairy cows, goats, sheep, chickens, and rabbits."

Gail Mirabella is giving an early workout to "Teaser, the Crowd Pleaser" and three-legged "Tripper," two of her 20 Dynamo Dogs ready for three shows each day from Tuesday through Sunday.

"Dogs will be dogs," said Mirabella. "They don't do everything perfectly and that's what makes it fun."

The Altamont Fair runs through Sunday.

MORE INFORMATION: Altamont Fair schedule


WNYT Staff

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