Last year at the end of August, a hurricane ripped through our area. Very much out of character for the weather here in upstate NY. It devastated several communities, leaving them in severe shock and overwhelming destruction.
Clean-up efforts began immediately and once that was taken care of, the rebuilding began.
Ten months later, some of the homes and businesses have been put back together, but some are still in various degrees of restoration. Fundraisers continue.
Today the Altamont Fairgrounds hosted one of those fundraisers, Storm Aid. Various vendors, a bouncy house, bands, face painters, a caricaturist, horse show & competition and an old car show were just some of the activities on site.
Sadly, it was not well attended. But there will be more, and I guess any amount of money donated to the rebuilding of the community is better than none.
It occurred to me as I was walking around taking photos that I could use my images to give a completely different story. I could make it appear as though there were scads of people, that the action never stopped, and that the funds raised were significant.
Instead I just photographed what appealed to me and what I thought would give
a good representation of the afternoon's event.