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Celebrate the Potato Chip in Its Birthplace

Prepare Your Taste Buds for a Legendary Experience. Salty? Spicy? Cheesy? Potato? Corn? Thick-cut? Razor-thin? No matter how you slice or flavor them, people love their chips. And that’s precisely why you should join us in the birthplace of the potato chip: Saratoga Springs, NY!

The First Annual Chip Festival will take place on Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs City Center.  The event’s Presenting Sponsor is Wise Snack Foods.  The festival, hosted by The Saratoga Springs Lions Club, will feature sampling and purchasing booths with chips of all types and varieties, plus dips, salsas and other chip-related foods and snacks.  Additionally, the festival will hold a competition in a variety of categories for chips as well as dips and salsas.  Admission is just $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under.

The Chip Festival is being held in Saratoga Springs because local legend has it that the potato chip was actually invented in The Spa City in the 1850s. A dissatisfied customer at Moon’s Lake House restaurant complained that his order of potatoes were too thick, soft, and tasteless. After a few attempts to please the diner, cook George Speck Crum, in a fit of pique, reputedly sent out a plate of thinly sliced, crispy fried, heavily salted potatoes, thinking they would be inedible – and just the opposite happened. Thus, the potato chip was born.

The event plans to feature brands from throughout the country.  The festival will feature a display of potato chip history from the Toga Chip Guy, Alan Richer, who has a wide ranging collection of chip memorabilia and historical artifacts related to Saratoga, and the industry as a whole. Family-friendly entertainment and activities are also planned for the event.

Program of Events:

10 AM – Doors open
10 AM – 6 PM – Main Hall
  • Chip, dip, salsa and snack sampling and purchasing – see our full list of attending companies here
  • Potato Chip History Display from the “Toga Chip Guy” Alan Richer
  • Fun Photos from TapSnap
  • Games for Kids
  • Coloring Contest For Kids – three lucky winners will win a Mr. Potato Head toy
  • Chip Guessing Game – win a year’s supply of Saratoga Chips!
  • Door Prize Entry Booth

Schedule of Performers (subject to change):

Main Lobby

11 AM – Noon – Music by Chloe Sova
1 PM – 2 PM – Music by Chloe Sova

Ellsworth Jones Place (Outside of The City Center)

11 AM – 3 PM – Sean Fagan of Circus Theatricks, juggler & stilt walker
11 AM – 4 PM – Chalk Art with Alexis Broz

Main Hall

10 AM – 6 PM – Darryl Baldwin, Master Balloon Artist
11 AM – Noon  – The Racing City Chorus (various locations throughout the main hall)
1 PM– 2 PM– The Racing City Chorus (various locations throughout the main hall)
2 PM – 4 PM – Magician Jason Ladayne (various locations throughout the main hall)

Chip Competition Schedule:

10 AM – 3 PM – Vote for your favorite chip brand at the festival (signs with a special link will be available at the event)
1 PM – Final Chip Judging Begins on the Main Stage
4 PM – Best of The Chip Festival Awards Announced – Tom Durkin, MC

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