The Schoharie County Sunshine Fair is set to kick off Saturday at the fairgrounds in Cobleskill, and will feature for the following eight days a host of rides, shows, food and other entertainment in a fair tradition that dates back to 1876.
Sunshine Fair President Doug Cater said this year is the second year the fair will offer a $15 flat rate for parking and all rides and attractions, a change that prompted a significant increase in attendance last year.
“Once you pay your $15, other than the food, everything is included,” Cater said.
The fair, now in its 141st year, attracts over 30,000 people throughout its eight-day stretch, which this year runs from July 29 to Aug. 5. On the busiest weekend days Cater said the fair attracts over 10,000 people.
“Our last Saturday of the fair, all veterans with ID we let in free,” Cater said. “That’s a big, big day for us.”
Aug. 5 will also feature the championship demolition derby, with qualifying matches running throughout the week.
“It’s a huge draw,” Cater said of demolition derby. “The motorized events are the ones that really bring the people to the fair.”
Other fair favorites include a tractor pull, the Pork Chop Review (a circus routine featuring pigs), a petting zoo and exotic animals display, chainsaw sculptures and the Schoharie County model railroad exhibit.
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