MINERVA - The weather cooperated to bring crowds into Minerva to enjoy the fireworks, activities and much more on Minerva Day, Saturday, July 3.
The 23-year-old event began with a breakfast hosted by Minerva Central School's Class of 2011 and was followed by more than 20 garage sales throughout town. Klippel's Maple Knoll Farm on the 14th Road offered refreshments during the day, including Selina LeMay-Klippel's famous homemade doughnuts.
Artisans lined Courtney Park in Olmstedville while local artists exhibited their work at Irishtown School House. Minerva Historical Society Museum opened its doors to offer flair and refreshments in with this year's theme - "Sports & Games, Then & Now."
Minerva's Citizens of the Year Katy Smith and Jake Hitchcock were recognized by Minerva Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey, as was the 25th anniversary of the Minerva Meal Site, the 60th anniversary of the Minerva Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad, and the 55th anniversary of the Minerva Historical Society.
The annual Minerva Day Parade started at Sporty's Iron Duke Saloon and featured many homemade floats.
Parade float awards went to the following:
• Most Creative Float: It's About Thyme Farm
• Most Original Entry: Greg's Barbershop
• Most Crowd Appeal: Minerva Alumni Band
• Best Float Theme: Minerva PTSO
• Most Festive Entry: Minerva Youth Program
• Honorable Mention: Lucky Leprechaun
Many thanks were presented to the Minerva PTSO for planning, organizing and making the parade happen.
The day concluded with a pot luck supper at the Minerva Lake pavilion with live music by Blarney, underwritten by Glens Falls National Bank. Fireworks served as the finale to a successful Minerva Day.