Horicon Day offers more activities than ever

Local youngsters delve into cream-filled creations in a pie eating contest at Horicon Day 2011.

Local youngsters delve into cream-filled creations in a pie eating contest at Horicon Day 2011. Photo by Thom Randall.

— An annual community festival that’s won over the hearts of area citizens is returning Saturday Aug. 4 with more crafts, games, displays, music, fireworks and food than ever, organizers said this week.

Last year’s event was immensely popular, with crowds enjoying its wide variety of attractions. Citizens have credited the Horicon Day festival with restoring community spirit to its high levels decades ago.

To be held beginning at noon at the Horicon Community Center off Rte. 8 and the nearby firehall, Horicon day features vendors, crafts, a car and boat show, displays by civic groups demonstrations by crafters, live entertainment, a community softball competition, and children’s activities and games.

Activities for youth include a rock climbing wall, a pie eating contest, a greased watermelon contest, and a three-legged race — in addition to face painting and a bounce house.

A wide variety of crafters and vendors will be offering their wares. Items to be available include quilts, rustic furniture, jewelry, pottery, doll clothes, maple syrup products, fresh produce and wood crafts.

Horicon Day includes an antique vehicle show, a boat display, plus free blood pressure and glucose screening by the North Warren ambulance squad.

The event includes a talk at 3:30 p.m. on Big Cats of the Adirondacks by naturalist Paul Jensen and a presentation at 2 p.m. by famed photographer and craftsman Carl Heilman.

A balloon-toss relay contest and a sack race begin at 3 p.m. The festival’s pie eating contest is set for 4 p.m. and the greased watermelon contest follows at 4:30 p.m. The latter two are either at the firehouse or the Mill Pond town beach nearby.

A dunking booth will allow local residents to plunge local politicians into cold water — if the legislators make good on their pledge to participate.

The local Boy Scouts are bringing back their popular “Monkey Bridge” which allows a challenging but safe experience for children to experience rope-walking.

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