The Saratoga County Fairgrounds and Expo Center was opened for the first time in 1871 as the Union Fairgrounds, and were taken over by the Saratoga County Agricultural Society in 1882 when we moved from Saratoga Springs to Ballston Spa. Starting with less than 20 acres including parking, over the years the Fairgrounds have grown to 30 acres of exposition area and facilities, and another 24 acres of parking.
The existing Grandstand was the second one on the property, built in 1896, following the collapse of the original in 1895 during the Fair. The Grandstand, the Judging Stand (facing the Grandstand), and the large white barn on the south fence line near gate 6 are the oldest structures on the Fairgrounds.
The newest buildings were built in 2015; The new TRUSTCO Talent Building, the new 8,000 square foot Adirondack Trust Building on the east border of the Horse Arena, and the new 6,000 square foot open animal pavilion on Shrivel’s Way. Also beginning in 2015 was the renovation of the Clements Family pavilion into the new commercial kitchen and dining building that 4-H Teen Council uses fair week, and is available the rest of the year for the other events that occur at the Saratoga County Fair- grounds and Expo Center.
All together we offer 22 buildings of different style and character, large open spaces, paved roads, a 250’ X 150’ show quality horse ring (with covered bleachers and announcing stand), permanent rest rooms for up to 4,000 people, plus shower facilities, and 77 RV campsites with water and electric hook ups. For larger events we contract with the finest providers of tents, portable rest rooms, secu- rity, staging, sound and light, and any other service necessary for a safe, comfortable, and successful event.
Each year we host car shows, truck & tractor shows, motorcycle shows, dog shows, festivals of all sorts (balloon, craft, beer, food, and music), swap meets and garage sales. Some of our clients have been using our facility for over 25 years!
From private parties to large scale public events, please contact us to see how the Saratoga County Fairgrounds and Expo Center can make your day as special as you want it to be.
- 30 Acres of fenced property
- 24 Acres of parking off grounds
- Over 130,000 sq. ft. of buildings including:
- Historic covered Grandstand, seats approximately 1500 people
- 10 large enclosed buildings, over 47,000 sq. ft.
- 6 Covered Pavilions, total 45,000 sq. ft.
- Full Commercial Kitchen (1,600 sq. ft.)
- Enclosed ticket booths at gates 3 & 5
- 2 Restroom facilities
- 2 Shower rooms available
- 77 Camper hookups available
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