Jim Galusha of Thurman fields bids for various donated items up for sale in an auction conducted July 26 at Smoke Eaters’ Jamboree in Warrensburg. Judy Durkin (background) takes notes on the bidding action.
Photo by Thom Randall.
WARRENSBURG Rousing rock music, lively auction bidding, cold beer, an extravagant fireworks display and lots to do for family members was the recipe for success at the 51st edition of Smoke Eaters’ Jamboree last weekend.
A robust crowd enjoyed the action at the Jamboree, a carnival-like event that’s been considered a highlight of summer for generations of Adirondackers. The event, the primary annual fundraiser for the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co., was held July 26 and July 27 — and a larger crowd turned out for both nights, compared to 2012.
Besides the Jamboree’s hot band the AudioStars, headlining the event this year was the auction of new and used goods and services on Friday evening — with Jim Galusha of Thurman serving as auctioneer, as he has for more than three decades.
Whether it was a stay at a local Bed & Breakfast, a dinner for two at a local restaurant or a vintage 45 record player, bidding action was substantial, Fire Co. President Kevin Geraghty said.
“People were generous — A lot of the businesses’ certificates for services went for face value,” he said, noting that 125 businesses and dozens of people donated toward the auction. “The support each year is unbelievable!”
Hiram’s bicycle sparks interest
One of the notable items up for auction was the bright yellow vintage Atlas one-speed bicycle used daily by Hiram Kennedy for over a generation to deliver the daily newspaper in Warrensburg.
Complete with a foot-deep wire basket attached to the handlebars, bulbous tires, flared fenders and lots of rust, this artifact of recent Warrensburg history commanded attention.
“This should have gone to the Warrensburg Museum,” firefighter Rob Nelson said as he brushed dust off its wide saddle.
Tony Trapasso took a look at the bicycle that may have carried well over half a million newspapers during its life.