SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Every year, thousands of fans pack Saratoga Springs for race season. This is the first weekend without throughbred racing at the track.
"The racing season is kind of like Christmas because all my friends come in to town and then Labor Day Weekend they all leave," said Dave Harmon, The Stadium
But just because the gates are closed at the track, doesn't mean the Spa City is empty. The streets are still bustling with people, the first weekend without a race.
"It's not what it is in the Summer, but we do have a really strong, local customer base and we stay busy right through Christmas," said Maddy Zanetti, Impressions of Saratoga.
Many visitors are sticking around for this weekend's Wine and Food Festival, a fundraiser for childrens education programs at SPAC.
"We sometimes like to say we save the best for last," said Marcia White, SPAC President.
"It's a fabolous wine, food and Fall Ferari fest. It's a combination of great wine, great food and fast cars."
This week has been declared Wine Week by the Mayor in honor of the three day festival- that also boasts a chef competition judged by Food Network's Marc Murphy and live Jazz music.
Meantime, business owners say they look forward to this weekend's wine and food festival to bring in some new customers.
"Well, it always brings new people to Saratoga and generally when they come, they stay in a Hotel," said Marianne Barker, Impressions of Saratoga. "They may take a walk downtown, so it's definitey a benefit to our business."
And as busineness owners look forward to events throughout the fall right up to the first night celebration, their hopes may depend on Mother Nature.
Keeping business running strong until the horses run again next Summer.