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ALTAMONT: Good old summertime

The historic Altamont Fair will take place Tuesday, Aug. through Sunday, Aug. 19 this year, and the folks responsible for making it all come together worked extra hard to bring in a packed schedule of exciting entertainment for people of all interests and ages.

Our focus has shifted a bit to improving the program and events that are happening at the fair, and the expense for these events has risen considerably, said Marie McMillen, the fair manager.

Last year, McMillen and the Altamont Fair Board of Directors, which is comprised of about 15 members, decided they wanted to bring some new musical acts to the grand stage. To secure the funding needed, the board put together a tight budget and held a few additional events at the fairgrounds throughout the year.

With the funding in place, the board was able to collaborate with Disney Radio to bring in the Jonas Brothers, an up-and-coming pop/rock band; The Outlaws; and Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra. The Jonas Brothers, who are touring the country to promote their new album that will be released on Tuesday, Aug. 7, are scheduled to perform at the fair on Friday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m.

The Outlaws, a southern rock group from Florida who are also touring and promoting a new album, have past hits such as "Sundown," "Green Grass" and "High Times." They are scheduled to perform Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m.

Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra, a huge local favorite known for their Afro- Caribbean rhythms and Latin jazz, are recipients of numerous awards and will perform Saturday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m.

Other musical acts include The Refrigerators, Night Train, Good for the Soul, and Hair of the Dog, who will perform on various nights at 8:30 p.m.

Of course music isn't the only entertainment at the fair, and the program is packed with all of the traditional events that people have enjoyed for years.

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