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If the sleigh’s extra-heavy, local reindeer up to the task

Reindeer graze at the Smith farm in Ballston. (Kelly de la rocha/Gazette reporter)
Reindeer graze at the Smith farm in Ballston. (Kelly de la rocha/Gazette reporter)
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You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, but how about Omega, Athena, Dally and Hunter? Those last four live quite a distance from the North Pole — in Ballston, to be exact — but during the holiday season, those southern reindeer are even busier than Santa’s famous herd. According to legend, the nine reindeer that pull Santa’s sleigh work only one night a year — Christmas Eve — but the four Ballston reindeer ...

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