36th Richmondville Days starts Friday


The 36th annual Richmondville Days, this Friday-Sunday, will be a celebration of the "Ole Tyme Country Fair." The weekend will kick off with a barbeque chicken dinner hosted by the Richmondville Fire Department from 4pm Friday until it's gone.
At 6pm there will be a Little League game at the Richmondville Little League Field.
Saturday, June 2 will be full of things to see and do, with lots of food and free activities for everyone. There will be a pancake breakfast at the Lutheran Church from 7-9:30am, as well as a pie sale beginning at 7am until gone; across the street will be a rummage sale at the Methodist Church.
The parade, which features entries from all around the region, will step off at 10am.
Organizers are seeking parade participants and floats are especially encouraged. Parade entry forms are available from Gary Rightmyer, 294-6550; Deb Haslun, 294-6460; or Lisa Crapser, 294-7112.
Throughout the day, there will be children's games, bounce houses, a sticky wall, Freckles the clown, appearances by Sparkles the tall juggler and Magic Dan the magician. The Richmondville Trolley will be available for rides to event venues.
Wes Laraway is bringing his Birds of Prey presentation to Radez School 11:30am and 3:30pm.
Also at the school will be a dunking booth hosted by the Richmondville Volunteer Emergency Squad. In addition, there will be a cider-making demonstration, bake sales, classic/antique car show, and a girls' softball game.
The Richmondville Historical Society will conduct tours at the Bunn Mill including weaving, corn shelling, and broom making demonstrations and vendors.
Bunn Mill will also host the Old Fashion Country Fair Quilt Show.
New this year, a bicycle decorating contest will gather contestants at the Post Office parking lot at 11:45am for a ride to the firehouse where prizes will be awarded.
At 11:30am at the fire house there will be a pie eating contest, as well as an old-fashioned basket raffle, with the drawing for the lucky winners at 1:30 p.m.
Commemorate the day with a photo of family and friends from the Action Photo Booth; they provide the props, you provide the faces.
Back by popular demand, at 2pm teams will vie for the title of the fastest bed in Richmondville at the running of the "300" Bed Races. This hotly contested event is always a crowd pleaser as businesses and charitable organizations put their best teams to the test.
Saturday will conclude with a cookout to benefit the Richmondville Youth Organization, followed at 7pm with family square, contra, and folk dance with Paul Rosenberg.
At 9pm a fireworks display behind the Radez School will cap off the day.
Sunday the firefighters will be up early flipping pancakes for their pancake breakfast at the fire house to benefit the RFD uniform fund, and the winning ticket for the RFD raffle will be drawn.
There will be an ecumenical church service at 10:45am and then at the Bunn Mill, the Historical Society will host a pork roast dinner, an old-fashioned ice cream social, and live music by the Hotpots.
At 2pm the old mill wheel will turn once again, thanks to the efforts of some local volunteers.