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North Warren’s Bicentennial Festival & Parade wows crowd

The Galloway Gaelic Pipe & Drums Band of Glens Falls was among the eight bands and 60 units featured in the North Warren Bicentennial Parade held Sept. 24 in Pottersville. The gala procession — as well as the Bicentennial Festival held on the Old Pottersville Fairgrounds — were the largest events of their kind locally since at least 1916.

The Galloway Gaelic Pipe & Drums Band of Glens Falls was among the eight bands and 60 units featured in the North Warren Bicentennial Parade held Sept. 24 in Pottersville. The gala procession — as well as the Bicentennial Festival held on the Old Pottersville Fairgrounds — were the largest events of their kind locally since at least 1916. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Standing behind an exhibit of posters and news articles of the 1916 Pottersville Fair during a festival Aug. 24 that drew people from afar, town of Chester Historian Donna Lagoy talked about the historic fairgrounds underneath their feet.

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With a dose of his customary humor, legendary area musician and entertainer Mike Leddick of Omstedville describes fire trucks, bands and marching units as they proceed past the Wells House during the North Warren Bicentennial Parade held Sept. 4 in Pottersville.

An hour or so earlier, thousands of people had lined the streets of Pottersville and watched a gala parade with bands and marching units from as far away as Vermont and Canada. Such a spectacle was not experienced in this hardy hamlet since 1916, Lagoy told those examining her historical display, one of scores on the fairgrounds.

The four-division parade of over 60 units was indeed the largest held in the northern Warren County region in many decades, if not a century.

The parade and fair drew a crowd hailing from all over the Hudson Valley and lower Adirondacks.

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Members of the Lake George Community Band march through Pottersville during the North Warren Bicentennial Parade held Aug. 24. It was the largest local procession in many decades — and the accompanying Bicentennial Festival, held on the Old Pottersville Fairgrounds, was the largest of its kind since at least 1916.

A.P.A. Commissioner Bill Thomas of North Creek, who grew up in Pottersville, gazed at the people crowded around the various booths.

“I haven’t seen Pottersville this busy since Firemen’s Field Days was held here in the early 1980s,” he said, noting he had competed back then on behalf of the North Creek Fire Co..

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Creating free balloon sculptures for children at the North Warren Bicentennial Festival Aug. 24 were Faith Bible Church teenagers (left to right): Emily and Christi Cappella of Chestertown and Morgan Yarosh of Pottersville.

While Parents visited the exhibits and various booths and exhibits, children rode spinning apple-shaped cars and whirling, airborne swings – or played various midway games. They also lined up at a booth sponsored by Faith Bible Church where the parish’s teens created balloon sculptures. Other children tossed dimes into glasses at a booth operated by the local Girl Scout Troop 3151.

Nearby, Boy Scout Dylan Baker of Troop 30 manned a mini-basketball toss concession and raised money for his Eagle Scout project – constructing basketball courts behind the Horicon Town Hall.

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Many hundreds of area residents — as well as visitors from the Hudson Valley and Adirondacks — attended the North Warren Bicentennial Festival held Sept. 24 on the Old Pottersville Fairgrounds.

Among exhibiting at the fair were the Schroon Lake-North Hudson Snowmobile Club as well as the North Warren Trailblazers Snowmobile Club, both displaying the new sleds featured in their respective raffles. The Trailblazers also offered clothing and collectibles emblazoned with their logo, as did the Chester Volunteer Fire Department.

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