Family Fun at the Altamont Fair 2012

by Gina Martin on August 18, 2012

in Arts and Culture

The Altamont Fair is back again, running through this Sunday, 8/19. We’re expecting great weather, so if you haven’t checked it out, you should!

Lots of critters to see, starting with the ones you’d expect to see on the farm:

Altamont Fair Draft Horse Team

Altamont Fair Longhorn

Altamont Fair Dairy Cow

And ones you’d see on farms, or in town:

Altamont Fair Bunny Snickers

To ones that you might never see anywhere else in the US but a zoo:

Altamont Fair Giraffe

And one pony who wanted more to eat than just the carrots he was allowed:

Altamont Fair Pony Rage Wants Your Brains

I like machines and technology. Of all eras. The Altamont Fair did not disappoint, with lots of cool old turn-of-the-last century farm machines chuffing away at the antique farm equipment display.

Water pump Altamont Fair

Altamont Fair Farm Equipment Belt Driven Saw

There are also lots of gorgeous restored cars. I’m thinking about a replacement for the minivan, I just can’t decide. Which one do you like better?

The 1970 Buick Sportwagon:

1970 Buick Sportwagon red Altamont Fair.

Or the 1969 Buick Special:

1969 Buick Special Altamont Fair

Stephen King fans might do a double-take upon seeing this one:

Altamont Fair Buick Roadmaster 1947.

It’s not the same year as the one in “From a Buick 8”, but pretty close. All I could think of when I saw it was “Low men in yellow coats” driving big shiny cars.

Altamont Fair 1947 Buick Roadmaster closeup

There are lots of rides again this year, and the admission price includes ride-as-much-as-you can privileges, no extra tickets needed.

Ferris Wheel Altamont Fair

Pirate Ship Ride Altamont Fair.

Altamont Fair Vertigo Ride

There’s the usual array of fair food, and we split an order of the family favorite – Ribbon Chips.

Ribbon Chips Altamont Fair

Prices for refreshments are pretty stiff in general, bring plenty of cash if you plan on eating and drinking on site!

Go See It

Altamont Fair
Arlington St and State Rt 146, Altamont, NY
Admission: $15 per person, for everyone over 36″ tall. Under 36″ tall, free.
Admission includes unlimited rides and parking

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| lives in Coxsackie NY with her husband, their two children, and an assortment of Rottweilers and cats. Gina has been a homeschooling parent since 2003, and is also proud parent of a Tech Valley High School student. Gina is the creator of ModSchooler, her blog about 21st -century learning and fun, and is a contributor to From Scratch Club writing on food and food policy. As lifelong learners, Gina and her tween and teen kids like to go off the beaten path to explore quirky travel destinations, unusual cuisine, and all things geeky. Email:, twitter: @GinaMartinBlogs

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