WILMINGTON - An end-of-summer tradition returns to this mountainside village next weekend when Wilmington hosts the seventh annual Festival of the Colors, Saturday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the ball field on Springfield Road.
This multi-hued event draws hundreds as it celebrates the coming of autumn with live entertainment, local arts and crafts, fresh produce and baked goods, and plenty of free activities and games for children.
As in the past, there will be a special appearance by the characters of Santa's Workshop and a performance by Pipsqueak the Clown. The popular pie-baking contest also returns.
New kids' activities include a blow-up slide, obstacle courses, and horse and pony rides.
"We're doing a special 9/11 tribute because it's being held on Sept. 11," said Michelle Burns, operations manager of the Whiteface Region Business and Tourism Center.
Vendors will be on hand selling locally-produced art, photography, furniture, and other goods.
Winning bids for the Chairs of Wilmington project will be announced during the festival. The project features 17 Adirondack-style chairs, uniquely decorated by local artists in partnership with community youth.
The chairs are located at sponsor businesses throughout Wilmington, and a map and silent auction bid instructions are available at the Visitors Bureau office. Bids will be accepted until Sept. 11, and all proceeds benefit the Wilmington Youth Center.
"The main focus of this is for the local resident and our neighboring communities," said Burns. "It's a great way to wrap up the summer and get together with friends in a fun festival atmosphere.
For more information about the Festival of the Colors, contact the Whiteface Mountain Regional Visitors Bureau at 946-2255 or visit whitefaceregion.com.
Festival of the Colors schedule
10 a.m. - Festival opens
10-11:30 a.m. - drop off pies for contest
12:30 p.m. - Pipsqueak the Clown comedy routine
1:10 p.m. - Pie winners announced
1:30-4 p.m - Organized Chaos performs
2:45 - Special 9/11 Tribute
4 p.m. - Chairs of Wilmington bid winners announced
4:30 p.m. - Santa's Workshop Performance
5 p.m. - Festival concludes