Crashes, bands and birth at Altamont Fair

There's only one place to see a car get dropped 40 feet; a cow give birth; and teen bands rock the house: the Altamont Fair.

This year's fair opened on Tuesday, Aug. 11, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 16.

Andrew King, the fair's president, said there is an abundance of new attractions and old classics for everyone in the family.

The buildup has been tremendous this year, said King.

He said usually the fair has one or two new attractions, but this year has stepped up its efforts.

"This year we got several new, large, engaging things," he said.

King said the Hometown Heroes demonstration will feature emergency service responders showing fair patrons how certain rescues are done, including car rescues, underwater and fire related operations.

He said a car will be dropped from 40 feet to demonstrate a crash, and responders will simulate a rescue of a dummy-passenger.

Jane Lyman, the event's promoter, said the State Police and Albany County Sheriffs Department will participate in the demonstrations, and puppet shows from the Guilderland Police and Fire Department are slated.

She said simulated fires in a dormitory would be presented, one with a smoke detector and one without, to highlight their importance.

For those looking for local talent, Lyman recommended the Teen Battle of the Bands.

Twenty-one local bands have signed up for the battle, which runs from Wednesday, Aug. 12, through Friday, Aug. 14. The bands must be comprised of more than 50 percent teenagers, she said, and there are competitors from Guilderland, Colonie and Bethlehem schools.

Gauge 57, Adrenaline, Seven Second Delay and Drift, of Delmar, are some of the local bands competing in the battle for the title.

Radio Disney star Joey Page will also perform on Friday.

"There's a synergy of new events," Lyman said. "There's something new happening every hour of every day the fair is open."

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