Thursday, July 28, 2011

Amusements of America Carnival/ Fair finishes in Saratoga Springs and opens in Tupper Lake

By Diane Chase

For the 2nd year Amusements of America will be coming to Tupper Lake between stops at the Saratoga and Franklin County Fair. In case anyone is wondering about these traveling fairs, Saratoga County Fair (held in Ballston Spa) is one of the oldest fairs in New York State and still organized by the Saratoga Agricultural Society while the Franklin County Fair (held in Malone) is run by the Franklin County Agricultural Society and has continued to provide this annual event for over 150 years.

Now the Tupper Lake Lions Club has gotten into the carnival game. From July 27-31 at the Tupper Lake Municipal Park there will be an assortment of carnival rides for children of all ages, from rides for small children to something the parents can share like the Ferris wheel, merry-go-round or the “dizzy dragon.” I can’t tell you what the last one is because when I spoke with Maurice from Amusements of America it sounded like he was on the Ferris Wheel at Saratoga County Fair. He assures me that they are bringing rides that will entertain the young to teenagers.

Since this is the second year running, the event is nowhere near the size of the other long existing county fairs. This event will continue to grow and more rides will be added, Maurice assures me, as attendance grows just like the other events Amusements of America organizes around the country. This event will have a great time for all and have something for everyone.

Anywhere from 3-5 tickets are required for each ride. Half price tickets may be purchased until the day of the event at either the Wawbeek QuickStop in Tupper Lake or the Tupper Lake Village Office. During the event each ticket will be $1.00 so it is quite a bargain and worth the stop to purchase tickets in advance.

There will also be all the carnival games of chance and food. A different band will play each night from Wednesday to Saturday.  The Tupper Lake Lions Club will be at the municipal park holding free eye screenings for childhood diseases. The Lions Club will also host a health fair on Thursday, July 28, in conjunction with the carnival.  For more information contact the Tupper Lake Lions Club at 572-6092. 

Cotton candy for everyone!  

 © Diane Chase, author of Adirondack Family Time: Tri-Lakes and High Peaks (Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities)  (with GPS coordinates) available online or bookstores/museums July 2011. Diane is currently working on the next guidebook in the four book-series covering all the Adirondack Family Activities.

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