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Bicentennial celebration unprecedented in northern Warren County

The North Warren Bicentennial Celebration, observing the 200th anniversary of Warren County, is to be held Saturday Aug. 24 at the Old Pottersville Fairgrounds. This historic photo depicts a regional fair held in 1910 on the property.

The North Warren Bicentennial Celebration, observing the 200th anniversary of Warren County, is to be held Saturday Aug. 24 at the Old Pottersville Fairgrounds. This historic photo depicts a regional fair held in 1910 on the property.

— A gala parade, historical and craft expositions, and live music are planned for the premier event in northern Warren County celebrating the county’s Bicentennial.

The events are set for Saturday Aug. 24 in the hamlet of Pottersville, off Northway Exit 26 northbound and Exit 27 southbound.

The four-division parade of 60 units is considered the largest of its kind held in the upccounty area in many decades. The procession features five accomplished bands, clowns, floats, celebrities, re-enactors of local historical figures, and antique cars. The parade steps off at 1 p.m. at the Pottersville firehouse and extends through the hamlet.

Grandstand viewing of the procession, narrated by Mike Leddick of Olmstedville, will be at the Wells House in downtown Pottersville.

Immediately afterwards, the festivities move to the Old Pottersville Fairground off state Rte. 9 just north of the Pottersville hamlet.

The day-long celebration is to feature a substantial lineup of live music performances, crafts, expositions of history, activities and games for children, demonstrations, food, and vendors.

Exhibits and demonstrations are to include spinning, nature photography, blacksmithing, astronomy, glass blowing, chair massages and paper making. Also to be featured is a student art exhibit from North Warren Central School.

Historical exhibits are to include the legacy of snowmobiling, Warren County and local towns’ history, local church history.

Music is to include various bands, ensembles and individuals performing, from a nationally-known group to bands featuring North Warren High School alumni.

Headlining the roster is the Norwood Firemen’s Brass Band, which has performed at the White House, as well as in Olympic ceremonies.

Also featured is Adirondack singer and songwriter Christopher Shaw, who has appeared at the Kennedy Center in New York City, as well as on national television networks.

Various accomplished groups, performing a variety of musical idioms including Dixieland music, are to be brought in from Vermont.

Groups featuring NWCS alumni include Hudson Creek band with Zach Smith and Matthew Kemp, folksinger Colleen Cleveland, and the Prydein Celtic Rock Band featuring Andy Smith on Bass.

A chicken barbecue will be available, as well as a wide variety of other savory foods.

The celebration ends with a substantial fireworks display at dusk, publicist Margaret Holmes said Aug. 20.

“With all that this event has to offer, the whole North Warren community is very excited about the celebration,” she said.

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