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Guilderland Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, July 14, 2011

Countryfest spawns few arrests

By Jo E. Prout

ALTAMONT — A record Countryfest crowd at the Altamont fairgrounds behaved itself, according to local police who worked the annual event.

“Everything went really well this year,” said Altamont Public Safety Commissioner Todd Pucci. “This year was a record crowd. My department — all 11 — was all inside.”

Out of the 41,000 concert-goers, only three were arrested, he said.

“Security did a more thorough pat-down than in previous years,” Pucci said. “Some drugs like marijuana were confiscated by security and turned over to us for destruction.”

The Altamont Police Department was joined by nearly 80 security officers hired by radio station WGNA, which sponsored the concert.

The Guilderland Police Department handled traffic and the main parking lot, and the Albany County Sheriff’s Department helped Guilderland in the main lot and in the back lots, said Pucci.

State Police and Department of Environmental Conservation officers also worked the concert, Pucci said.

The DEC officers, Pucci explained, graduate from the police academy and study beyond that for their environmental duties.

“They have the same jurisdiction as a State Trooper,” Pucci said.

He said that the village department has not received complaints from residents about noise from the concert, as it had in past years. The concert’s sound system was set up differently than in previous years to keep the noise levels down for the village, said Pucci.


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