Clinton County Fair returns with affordable family fun

MORRISONVILLE - Though a couple bucks can't get you much these days, it can get you some high-quality entertainment that's fun for the whole family - only at the Clinton County Fair.

The fair will return to the Clinton County Fairgrounds Tuesday, July 20, through Sunday, July 25, celebrating its 63rd year. And, just as the fair's tradition has been to bring events, shows and activities to wow people of all ages, it's again focusing on being affordable, said fair manager Glenn J. Gillespie.

The Mega Pass has returned this year, as a means of keeping costs down for fairgoers. The pass - which went on sale June 20 and will only be available until the start of the fair - allows people admission to the fair any one day of the week and includes rides all day long. The pass is being sold at Price Chopper stores in Plattsburgh and Champlain.

The price of admission to this year's grandstand events will also be kept at an affordable level, said Gillespie. The grandstand, which will be sponsored by Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, will kick off Tuesday with "Yesterday," a Beatles tribute band performing on the Casella Waste Management Stage, along with the Champlain Valley Classic Cruisers car show.

"I listened to their tape and I swear I thought they were just dubbing the original Beatles," said Gillespie. "People are going to be astonished."

Admission for that performance - sponsored by WIRY Hometown Radio, AT&T, and Econo Lodge Inn and Suites - will be $5. The show will be followed by fireworks at dusk.

The fair will also feature a crepe eating contest Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m., sponsored by Amier's Kabob Restaurant. Cash prizes will be awarded for first and second place, as well as free ice cream for the winners at the fair for the rest of the week.

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