Traditional family fun at Smokeeaters' Jamboree

WARRENSBURG For more than two generations, a midsummer event is annually anticipated with enthusiasm by both children and adults in the North County. Its the Smokeeaters Jamboree, a combination of a carnival and old-time country fair that people eagerly await. For 45 years a fundraiser for the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co., the two-day event combines carnival rides, a midway, an auction of donated goods, top-name entertainment, a barbecue, fireworks and games of chance. The event will be held this year Friday and Saturday evenings July 25 and 26 at its traditional site, the Warrensburg Recreation Field on Library Ave. The Jamborees continued success can be attributed to the wide variety of activities for people of all ages, fire company president Kevin Geraghty said this week. While children can amuse themselves with carnival rides, a midway and a variety of games both days, adults can cast bids in an auction Friday evening of both new and quality used goods and various services donated by area businesses and individuals. Jim Galusha of Thurman has called the shots at the auction for decades. Gates open at 6 p.m. Saturday. Theres a $3 donation both days. The midway and carnival rides are offered by Green Mountain Amusements. The younger set will also enjoy several clowns circulating on premises, while the adults place bets on the roulette-style money wheels and try to multiply their handfuls of cash, or try their hand at the ever-popular blackjack tables. Saturday, gates open at 5 p.m. as the Warrensburg firefighters grill up their famous chicken barbecue. Headlining the stage entertainment Saturday is the rock n roll band Groove Syndicate, which was a favorite with the crowds last year, Geraghty said. Their music begins at 7 p.m. Appearing earlier Saturday for the children is ventriloquist Bob Carroll and Roscoe the Clown. Entertainment is concluded Saturday with a fireworks show, which Geraghty billed as the biggest in the North Country.

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