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Altamont Fair on the horizon

Sunday is reserved for the Stoney Daniels Demolition Derby, when local drivers will face off in two shows at 1 and 6:30 p.m. in front of the grandstand.

Once again, young area musicians will face off for the Battle of the Teen Bands, which will run from Wednesday through Friday. Finals will be held on Saturday. Bands have to have a makeup of at least 50 percent teens to enter the contest, and last year, acts came from as far away as New York City to compete.

For those interested in a more natural spectacle, "Wild About Monkeys" will be showing off what Hollywood-trained baboons are capable of during showtimes running the length of the fair. Kevin and Martina Keith's baboons have appeared in films, on television and at fairs around the country.

Yet another national act is the Nerveless Nocks Stunt and Thrill Show, which will run three shows a day for the entirety of the fair. The daredevil troupe impresses not only with aerial acrobatics, but motorcycle stunts like the iconic "globe of death" and even a motorcycle highwire act.

And following the Nocks' performance on Thursday night will be the return of a fireworks show to the fair, sponsored by Quick Response.

But not all of the fair's offerings will be big, fast or loud. Craftsmen and artisans will show off their wares, cooks will offer jellies and baked good and eateries will serve up food to suit all palates .

And in the middle of it all will be the fair's farmland component. As a not-for-profit educational group, the fair seeks to keep visitors connected to agriculture.

Perhaps the most dramatic example of that is "The Miracle of Birth." Each day at the fair, a baby calf will be birthed for an audience. It has been wildly popular since its introduction two years ago.

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