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A fair week for all

Spread throughout the expansive fairgrounds every day will be craft demonstrations, agricultural information, vendors selling everything from homemade soaps to furniture and enough delicious fair food to feed an army.

There will be special events each day of the fair, too.

On opening day, Aug. 16, perennial events like the Battle of the Teen Bands and the Miss Altamont Fair Pageant are scheduled.

Scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 17, senior citizens will receive free admission until 4 p.m., as will Grange members, and there will be a performance by Colleen Pratt.

An 8 p.m. performance by Anthony Garguila on Thursday, Aug. 18, will be followed by a fireworks show best viewed from the grandstand, sponsored by Quick Response Restoration.

Friday, Aug. 19, is WGNA Country Day, with a special appearance by Steven L. Smith Band, the Ramblin' Jug Stompers, the Back 40 Band and the Jessie Stewart Band.

Saturday, Aug. 20, is Irish day, with performances by the Schenectady Pipe Band and the Farrell School of Irish Dance. The McKrells will perform, headlined by Kevin McKrell. Also appearing are Who's Your Paddy, the Fighting 86's and the Wild Rovers.

Sunday, Aug. 21, the Grove music stage will feature all kinds of gospel music as well as the winner of the Battle of the Teen Bands and special guests, Spuyten Duyvil. Sunday is also military day, when a show of military ID will grant free admission.

Patrons can save $1 on regular admissions by ordering ahead of time through altamontfair.com, where more information on all the attractions and a full schedule can be found.

The gates will open every morning at 10 a.m., with vendors and exhibits opening at 11 and the midway starting at noon. Opening day is Tuesday, Aug. 16, and the fair runs through Sunday, Aug. 21.""

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