33rd Richmondville Days start Friday


The Village of Richmondville, in conjunction with the Richmondville Fire Department, will host its 33rd Annual Richmondville Days June 5, 6, and 7, with this year’s theme “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”
The festivities will begin Friday, June 5 with the Richmondville Fire Department hosting a chicken barbeque at the Fire House beginning at 4pm.
At 7pm, the Richmondville Little League will get the ball rolling on the 10-year celebration of the Little League field with the rededication of the field just off Mill Street and a game under the lights.
Saturday, June 6 will feature a full day of events, with vendors, music, food, balloons, Schoharie Valley Region Antique Automobile Club of America show, exhibits, bake sales, RVES Flea Market, children’s games, free Child ID Program, historical exhibits, and carnival sweets such as cotton candy, popcorn, and candied apples.
The day’s featured events include St. Paul’s pancake breakfast, and Richmondville Historical Society’s Bunn Mill events and tours. A parade featuring music, floats, marchers, and antique cars will step off from Mill Street at 10am.
The sixth annual Richmondville Day “300” Bed Races will “push off” from the firehouse at 1pm. Race registration and lineup begins at 12:30pm; contact Randy Crapser at 294-7112 for more information.
Food vendors will be selling their goodies all day long which should assure that no one need leave hungry. Visitors will enjoy steak sandwiches and a dessert buffet from the Richmondville Volunteer Emergency Squad, 11am-2pm.
Also on Saturday, in keeping with the “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” theme, several exhibition games will be held at the Little League field on Mill Street and at the ball field adjacent to Radez School. Vendors and baseball enthusiasts will display baseball memorabilia throughout the weekend celebration.
Again this year the “Richmondville Trolley” will provide transportation to and from the various event venues or just a leisurely ride down Main Street. There will also be two scheduled Trolley Tours, narrated by Richmondville resident Arnie English, which will highlight many of Richmondville’s historic sites and points of interest.
Children’s activities include the Bounce House, baseball speed pitch and batting cages, Richmondville’s largest ice cream sundae, face painting and Freckles the Clown, with glitter tattoos, frog races, and a magic show beginning at 12:30pm.
This year the Richmondville Days Celebration will end its full day of Saturday events with a fireworks show near the school grounds. Food vendors will be on site. Bring a blanket and/or lawn chairs for fun family evening event.
As is tradition, the annual Richmondville Central School Alumni Association will host the 105th alumni banquet at Boreali’s Restaurant Saturday evening. Social hour begins at 5pm, with dinner at 6pm; reservations are required.
Sunday’s events begin with an Ecumenical church service at 10:45am under the tent at the firehouse, sponsored by Grace Assembly of God, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, and the Richmondville Methodist Church.
At 12:30pm, the Richmondville Historical Society will host a pork roast at the Bunn Mill on High Street, with the bluegrass group “Wild 9s” providing musical entertainment. The Grace Assembly of God Church’s old-fashioned ice cream social will also be at Bunn Mill, with donations benefiting the Richmondville Volunteer Emergency Squad.
A volunteer committee of more than 30 Richmondville residents, Village employees, and Richmondville Volunteer Fire Company members has worked for the last year to put this year’s celebration together.
Additional information regarding Richmondville Days 2009 may be obtained by contacting the Richmondville Village Office.