Capital Region Scrapbook: August places to be (with photo gallery)
In ’86, dogs had their day at the track; fairs, toga party among other summer fun
Some claim Saratoga Race Course is the August place to be.
Maybe — and maybe not. Other places around the greater Capital Region offer decent diversions as summer begins its slow fade toward autumn.
In 1986, people in Cobleskill rode rocket cars on metal tracks at the Cobleskill Sunshine Fair. Folks in Schenectady found time to jump rope at Jerry Burrell Park and dress in Grecian styles for a toga party at the former Canal Square. Summit Mountain Day at Summit Methodist Church put friendly faces on men, women and zucchini. The Bannertown Fair in Mayfield crowned a queen.
The queen of Saratoga Springs’ social scene also found time for fun at the original “August place to be.” Who knows how many people Mary Lou Whitney fooled on the day she dressed in an elegant, black-and-white spotted outfit — complete with facial scarf — and escorted a four-legged friend at the race course’s annual Saratoga Pet Show for Dogs Only.