Fairgoers can save a bundle by purchasing tickets to this year’s Columbia County Fair in Chatham in advance. Save $2 each day and $7 on Sunday. Other discounts include half-price for Seniors on Thursday before 4PM and free entry for teens under 18 before 4PM. Discount ride passes let fans ride all day for one price – discounted even further on the first and last days of the Fair. To read about all the Fair has to offer, go to www.ColumbiaFair.com.

Where can you get two shows for the price of one?  Savvy fairgoers know the answer.  By purchasing tickets in advance for the Columbia County Fair in Chatham, the price is reduced from $10 to just $8 each day.  And, for Sunday, when gate tickets are $15 each, the advance price of $8.00 apiece includes two Mainstage shows.

The Fair opens on Wednesday, August 28th at noon and runs through Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 2nd.  Admission includes free parking and all entertainment.  Sunday features two major shows.  First, at 3PM, fresh off the set of American Idol, Latham native Moriah Formica with be performing.  Then, at 7PM, country rock singer and gold recording artist Frankie Ballard will hit the stage with songs including, “Helluva Life”, Sunshine & Whiskey” and “Young & Crazy”.  Both performances are sponsored by Hudson River Bank & Trust Co. Foundation.

Advance tickets by mail are available now through August 17th.  A self-addressed, stamped return envelope must accompany all orders.  Download the ticket order form at the website.  For those who go in person to the Fair Administration office, tickets will be available from July 30 through August 27th.  Advance tickets will also be available at other local outlets from August 1st until August 27th.  These include Price Chopper supermarkets (starting Aug. 5th), Agway stores, Bank of Greene County branch offices and Taconic Valley Lawn & Garden.

Pay one price and ride all day with Special Ride Passes available to Fairgoers – a substantial reduction from purchasing tickets for individual rides. Available for sale at the ride ticket booth across from the cattle area at the North Gate entrance, Special Ride Passes are just $15 on the first and last days of the Fair and $20 for all other days.

Thursday, the 29th, Seniors 62 and over pay half price ($5.00) between 10AM and 4PM and youth 18 years-of-age and under are FREE until 4PM.  Active Military Personnel with ID or uniform can enter FREE every day.  Ticket purchasers must pay in cash at all gates.

There is something for everyone every day at the Columbia County Fair in Chatham – from The Monster Tractor Pull to youngsters’ talents on display in “Columbia County’s Got Talent”, from magician Jay Mattioli (an America’s Got Talent performer) to a strolling Barbershop Quartet, from the bucking, snorting Painted Pony Rodeo to The Kenya Safari Acrobats.  And the food.  Don’t forget the Fair food.  Check out all the Columbia County Fair has to offer at www.ColumbiaFair.com.