Saturday: Maple, Wildlife Festivals and more
Things are shaping up for the 51st Schoharie County Maple Festival, set for all-day Saturday at the Cobleskill Fairgrounds.
Festivities for the free event will begin at 8am with a pancake breakfast by the Cobleskill Fire Department.
All day, there will be crafts, food, maple products, confections, and demonstrations, and free entertainment.
At noon, a parade will leave the SUNY Cobleskill Commuter Parking Lot next to Agway and head down MacArthur Avenue to the Fairgrounds-a route change because of Main Street construction.
And at 2pm, the 2016 Maple Queen will be crowned by 2015 Queen Taylor Shafer in Progressland; candidates are Dayna Handy, Mikayla Gaida, and Heather Knott.
Entertainment throughout the day will include the Iona Troupe with Irish dancing, the Robert Rogers Puppet Company, and music by Roger Shafer and Debbie Fish.
Tickets for a fundraising chicken BBQ set for May 14 at Noble Ace Hardware will be available throughout the day at the maple producers' booths.
Also Saturday, volunteers are encouraged to meet in Centre Park to lend a hand with a village-wide cleanup from 10am-noon.
Bring shovels, rakes, gloves, and trash bags and look for Brian Kaiser or Jacqui Hauser somewhere in the park or call 255-5303.
SUNY Cobleskill's 21st annual Fish and Wildlife Festival will also be held this Saturday, from 10am-2pm, in Centre Park.
The event is organized by SUNY Cobleskill students and among the clubs attending with hands-on activities will be the student Chapters of The Wildlife Society, American Fisheries Society, and Ducks Unlimited.
SUNY Cobleskill students will be stocking the Mill Pond stream with brook trout for an all-day kids' fishing derby.
The Wildlife Society will have molds for making animal tracks, Ducks Unlimited will be hosting scavenger hunts for duck nests, and the National Wild Turkey Federation will have a Jakes Take Aim BB gun-shooting trailer.
Wildlife rehabilitators Kelly Martin and Wes Laraway will be on hand with rescued wildlife and there will be other wildlife exhibits.
Bwana Jim will be back with his reptile show, there will be a petting zoon, Earth Day exhibitors, and arts and crafts.
For food, there will be a tilapia fry, hamburger and hot dog grill, Stewart's ice cream, and a bake sale.
Free. Rain or shine.