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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.

— At the event, she deferred credit to Tennyson and their committee.

“This is so awesome – it’s what we hoped and dreamed it would be,” she said.

Smith and Tennyson had hired a strong lineup of bands and entertainment from Vermont and Quebec.

Performers included Adirondack singer and songwriter Christopher Shaw, as well as the Dixie Six Dixieland Band from Burlington Vt.

Musical groups that featured North Warren High School alumni included the Hudson Creek Band with Zach Smith and Matthew Kemp, folksinger Colleen Cleveland, and the Prydein Celtic Rock Band with Andy Smith on Bass.

This latter group closed out the festivities at night, singing through the finale of fireworks, that Sylvia Smith said later was the most extensive aerial show she had ever experienced. She reported that acres of people filled up the huge Old Pottersville Fairgrounds, unused for a generation.

“The skies of Pottersville were lit up like never before,” she said, noting she had drooped into the arms of her cousin and cried with joy and relief when the festival concluded.

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