It’s the first day of the Saratoga county fair.
While there’s a lot of excitement surrounding the 177th year, there are some heavy hearts with the sudden loss of two crucial board members – Jeff Townsend and Paul Lent.
Lent was also the Galway Town Supervisor, a former county deputy sheriff, and director of Emergency Services.
At the fair, he was known for his role with the coordinating the draft horses and he was the Director of the Agricultural Society, which presents the fair.
Tuesday morning’s opening ceremonies included a dedication to Lent and his service and dedication. During a moment of silence, his family was escorted into the equine arena on a horse-drawn carriage.
“Really appreciative of how everyone honored him today and we thank everyone involved in the dedication, he would have loved it,” Joanna Loveland, daughter, said.
“He was a really poignant person overall,” Tammy Ballestero said, President of Saratoga County Fair, said. “I think we all looked to him to be the person who dotted the i’s and cross the t’s. He was the one that safety was his big thing.”
A new horse wash rack that he helped bring to the fairgrounds was dedicated to him as well.