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Norsemen return to Essex County Fair

PLATTSBURGH The same group who won a Battle of the Bands contest at the Essex County Fair in 1968 will be playing there again this year. The Norsemen, which includes Serge Bouchard, Terry Infante, and Mark Facteau, began playing together in their teens. After 36 years apart, the band reunited in March 2007 and have been performing at venues throughout the Tri-County area ever since. This is probably our last opportunity to play together, so we decided wed take it while it was there, Infante said. When the opportunity came to perform at the Essex County Fair again, they jumped at it. This is a dream come true for us, were all really excited about it, said Facteau. The trio recalled the 1968 competition where they competed against 10 other local bands. The last group to play, their set concluded with Wooly Bully, a song made famous by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. Fortunately for them, one of the judges for the contest was the drummer from that same group. That guy was just about jumping out of his sneakers when he heard us playing their song, Infante said. These days, the band covers a wide range of music; everything from doo-wop to more contemporary rock-country songs. A lot of people come up and thank us for hitting all the different genres that are out there, Bouchard said. The band will perform at the Fair on Saturday, August 16th from 5-7 p.m. on the south lawn. They look forward to running into a few old fans.

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