opening day

Jonny Hirsch blows a cool sax at the Altamont Fair Tuesday as cloudy skies silhouette a near-empty midway ride. Opening day started with heavy rain, which gradually cleared until a sudden evening deluge left a lake to be swept, while reflecting the glow of midway lights, beckoning no one.

Two fair workers — Daniel and Larry — see from their booths on the midway a chance to help others, through a shelter for battered women or the chance to ring the Kitty Striker.

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