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Rain doesn't dampen spirits at annual Newcomb steak roast

NEWCOMB The consensus at the start of the Newcomb Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squads annual parade and steak roast on July 28 was, Please dont rain on my parade!

Just as the parade came to an end, the skies opened up and it poured. Luckily, the rain lasted for only a half hour and steak roast goers enjoyed clear skies for the remainder of the day.

The parade ended at the Newcomb Town Beach and Donna Draper, who was in charge of organizing the parade, gave out certificates to the following participants: The Sisters of Newcomb who had a float Dancin to the oldies; the Bagpiper for most original; the Johnsburg Ambulance for most loyal neighbor; The Red Hat Ladies for most spirited and jovial; Smokey the Bear for most civic minded; and the Youth Program for enthusiastic Cowboys and Indians.

George Hurlburt, who was in charge of ticket sales for the steak roast, said organizers added an extra 50 tickets because they sell out each year and they wanted to have enough available for everyone. Again, they had a great turnout and there were between 600 to 800 people enjoying the day. The Butchers, a band from Queensbury, entertained the crowd with their music. The children were kept busy with the many games they had available.

Mark Yandon, chief of the Newcomb Fire Department, was kept busy supervising the grill and said it was a successful day thanks to the many community members that volunteer their time to help out.

Wes Miga, president of the Newcomb Fire Department had a busy day selling raffle tickets.

Miga said the event is the only fundraiser of the year for the volunteer department.

This year we made a big commitment to our Rescue Squad because we are paying for EMS help. We are always looking for more volunteers. There is something that everyone could do for this organization and everybody is welcomed, Miga said.

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