With a new week underway, here are five of the events and news our team of reporters are following.
SCOTTISH GAMES BEGIN
The Capital District Scottish Games will be held at the Altamont Exhibition Center on Saturday. The long-standing local tradition includes everything from live Scottish music to Highland dancing. And, of course, Highland athletics.
The event, which is presented by the Schenectady Pipe Band, begins at 8 a.m. with pipe and drum competitions. Highland sports competitions start at 9am. Throughout the day there will be activities and games for children, as well as performances by the McKrells, Fitzgeralds, Brigadoons and other groups. General admission tickets are $18.
UPCOMING RING OF FIRE EVENT
Landowners along Great Sacandaga Lake are expected to light up the night sky this coming weekend as they celebrate what is a summertime tradition along the man-made aquatic destination.
The annual Ring of Fire event will take place on September 5. As night falls, people will build campfires of varying sizes and light them along the shores of the lake, creating a ring.
It’s a tradition that dates back decades and is often seen as a sign of the end of summer as families prepare to get back into the rhythm of work and school life.
OVERDOSAGE AWARENESS WATCH
Healing Springs Recovery Community and Outreach Center will hold an overdose awareness vigil Monday at Congress Park in Saratoga Springs. The group will offer free Narcan training at 6:30 p.m. and hold a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. They invite all members of the community to attend, support and acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends who have lost loved ones to overdose. . One of the group’s goals is to help raise awareness and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death.
LAUNCH OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Some teams will only play each other this week, but the Section II football season is set to kick off with 16 “Week Zero” games between Friday and Saturday. Highlights include a rematch of last year’s Section II Class B semi-final between Schalmont and Gloversville, the debut of new head coaches like Rick Wallace at Broadalbin-Perth and Mike Mancini at Fonda-Fultonville , the Saber clash between Christian Brothers Academy and La Salle Institute, a reunion of local rivals Ballston Spa and Saratoga Springs, and a triple title at UAlbany involving Averill Park, Colonie and Niskayuna against downstate opponents .
THE FONDA SHOW IS BACK
One of Montgomery County’s oldest traditions returns as the annual Fonda Fair opens Wednesday and runs through Labor Day at the Fonda Fairgrounds. With food, rides, truck pulls, tractor pulls, show derbies, horse shows, cow shows and many other attractions and exhibits, the fair is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. General admission is $12 per person, with seniors 62 and older admitted for $5 on Wednesdays and Fridays. Admission is $2 for children ages 6-11 and free for children under 6. Parking fees are $5.
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