CHATHAM — Adding new entertainment acts each year, the Columbia County Agricultural Society brings the dynamic Kenya Safari Acrobats to the North Gate Stage this year during the 2017 Columbia County Fair which runs Aug. 30 to Sept. 4 at the fairgrounds here.
The Kenya Safari Acrobats perform Aug. 31 through Sept. 4 at 2, 4 and 7 p.m. on the North Gate Stage, bringing their non-stop ride of gravity-defying human pyramids, balancing, tumbling, limbo dancing, hurling through hoops and breathtaking contortions, all while clapping to a joyful Benga beat. “We strive to find family-friendly entertainment for all ages to ensure our patrons’ experience is one they will remember for years,” said Entertainment Director John Craft of Ghent. New acts are added each year, he said.
Hailing from the heart of Africa, this awe-inspiring and dynamic dance troupe takes acrobatics to exhilarating extremes. Serving as artistic ambassadors for Kenya, the acrobats travel the world entertaining and inspiring audiences of all ages, said Craft. Combining artistry with humor and playfulness, the gymnasts provide a unique and eye-popping blend of traditional arts and circus skills in classic style.
The Kenya Safari Acrobats are just one of the many entertainment acts the 177th annual historic fair offers. Families and fairgoers of all ages get a chance to reconnect with friends and neighbors to enjoy more than 200 exhibits, shows, contests, amusement rides and attractions. Demolition derbies, tractor pulls, the 80th annual Schoolgirl Queen coronation, midway rides, agricultural exhibits and contests, a concert by country music star Travis Tritt, Eudora Farms Petting Zoo & Camel Rides, the annual Firefighters’ Parade, comedians, magicians, “Columbia County’s Got Talent,” games and vendors round out the six-day annual fair.
Advance tickets are available now at the Fair Office at the fairgrounds off Route 203 here and at Agway stores, Bank of Greene County branches, Price Chopper supermarkets, Ginsberg’s and Taconic Valley Lawn & Garden. Tickets are also available by mail through Aug. 17 by sending a check and a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the Columbia County Fair Secretary, P.O. Box 257, Chatham NY 12037. Discounted ticket order forms are available through the fair’s website at www.columbiafair.com.
Advance tickets are $8 and may be used any day of the six-day fair, according to Fair Manager Angelo Nero. Parking is free and children ages 12 and under get in free throughout the fair. Active military personnel with ID or in uniform are also admitted free. On Thursday, Aug. 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., senior citizens ages 62 and over, will be admitted for $5 and youth ages 18 and under will be admitted free. Advance sale tickets may be used at all six days of the fair which runs daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. except for opening day, when gates open at noon.
The fairgrounds are located at the junction of Routes 203 and 66 here.