Altamont Fair

When he was just 12 or 13 years old, magician Jay Mattioli’s mother had business cards printed for him to hand out at local businesses and schools. He estimates that he has performed magic at over a thousand birthday parties.

Judge Ryan Fedele said that raising rabbits can let kids who live in cities or suburbs have a chance to tend to animals.

Antique farm equipment collected and displayed at the Altamont Fair includes a “bone crusher,” hay rakes, and a refurbished windmill.

The Miss Altamont Fair Pageant kicks off the Altamont Fair on Tuesday morning inside the Village and Carriage Museum with 29 competitors in seven different age groups. The contestants displayed their talents, answered questions, and modeled formal wear for three judges.

ALTAMONT — For Holly VanWie of Clarksville, who is about to be a senior at Bethlehem Central High School, the week of the Altamont Fair is her favorite week of the year. “No one else does agriculture in my school,” she said at the 4-H poultry show on Tuesday, the opening day of the 2019 Altamont Fair.

The tri-county Altamont Fair runs through Aug. 18.

Local drivers, both experienced and new to demolition derbies, can participate in the event at the Altamont Fair. Two winners from each of the first four rounds will crash into one another at the championship event, until the last car running wins.

After last year, the Altamont Fair's director said that she learned to have back-up plans for her back-up plans.

Globe of Death

His children are 10th-generation performers, and people in his family grow up seeing everyone else ride motorcycles and wanting to do it themselves, said Richard Flores. “If they’re not riding in the cage,” he said, “they’re the weird one in the family, because everybody’s doing it.” 

Two boys pour ingredients into a bowl

For some of the kids from Albany’s South End Café, their trip next week to the Altamont Fair will be the first time they have seen a cow, or horse, or goat, or sheep.

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