Scottish Games, Ring of Fire, Fonda Fair – The Daily Gazette

With a new week underway, here are five of the events and news that our team of reporters are tracking.


The Scottish Capital District Games are scheduled for Saturday at the Altamont Fairgrounds. 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 am with bagpipe and percussion contests. Highland athletics begin at 9 am Throughout the day there will be activities and games for children, as well as performances by The McKrells, The Fitzgeralds, The Brigadoons and other bands. General admission tickets are $18.

—Indiana Nash


Property owners along the Great Sacandaga Lake are expected to light up the night sky this coming weekend as they celebrate what is a summer tradition along the man-made water destination.

The annual Ring of Fire event will take place on September 5. As dusk falls, people will build fires of different 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 swing of work and school life.

—Shenandoah Briere


The Healing Springs Recovery Community and Outreach Center will hold an Overdose Awareness Vigil in Congress Park in Saratoga Springs on Monday. The group will offer free Narcan training at 6:30 pm and hold a candlelight vigil at 7:00 pm They will invite any member of the community to attend, and will support and acknowledge the pain felt by the families and friends who have Lost a loved one due to an overdose. . One of the group’s goals is to help raise awareness and reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths.

— Natasha Vaughn-Holdridge


Some teams will only play this week, but the Section II football season is scheduled to kick off with 16 “Week Zero” games between Friday and Saturday. Featured matchups include a rematch of last year’s close Class B Section II 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 by the Saber between Christian Brothers Academy and La Salle Institute, a meeting of local rivals Ballston Spa and Saratoga Springs, and a tripleheader at UAlbany involving Averill Park, Colonie and Niskayuna facing downstate opponents.

—Adam Shinder


One of Montgomery County’s oldest traditions returns when the annual Fonda Fair opens Wednesday and continues through Labor Day at the Fonda Fairgrounds. Featuring food, carnival rides, truck pulls, tractor pulls, demonstration derby, horse shows, cow shows, and many other attractions and exhibits, the fair is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. General admission is $12 per person, with $5 for seniors 62 and older on Wednesdays and Fridays. Admission is $2 for children ages 6-11 and free for children under 6. Parking fee is $5.

—Adam Shinder

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