The Warwick Valley Community Center will hold its second annual Olde Time Family Fourth fundraiser event on Wed., Jul. 4 with an even greater emphasis on having its guests become participants.
It all starts with the return of the Village of Warwick’s Bicycle Parade and Pageant. And like last year, the E’lissa Jones Band will be the featured entertainer and there will be square dancing, games for kids, homestyle cookout type food for purchase, a dunk tank (yes, you can dunk the mayor), old-fashioned games for kids, and vendors. There will be other contests too.
Joining the Bicycle Parade and Pageant will be a mustache and beard contest and watermelon and pie-eating contests along with contests for best homemade pickles, home baked pies and Jello molds. There is a $5 entrance fee. Submissions will be on display in an air-conditioned, cooling-off room inside the center, where event-goers can cast their ballots for the best. Add to all that a tug-of-war tournament.
The Bicycle Parade and Pageant will begin at 10:45 a.m. at the Railroad Green (participants are encouraged to arrive by around 10:15 a.m.). The parade will end at the Warwick Valley Community Center, located at 11 Hamilton Ave. in Warwick NY, with the Olde Time Family Fourth running from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A local band will play at 11 a.m., followed by the watermelon-eating contest. Then at 12 noon, the Warwick VFW Color Guard will be on hand with both a veteran and a youth involved in the center’s leadership programs leading everyone in patriotic songs.
After the mustache and beard contests, there will be square dancing, led by caller Pat Cannon. At 2:30 p.m., both kids and adults will take part in pie eating contests, followed by Ebony Strings and local singer and fiddle-player, E’lissa Jones and her band.
There will also be a magician, face painting, animals and in the afternoon, circus performers, and demonstrations.
Participants are asked to bring their pickles, pies or Jello molds to the center by 11 a.m. All those riding bikes in the parade are required to wear a helmet. Riders without helmets will be required to walk with their bikes during the parade. The Parade and Pageant are free to enter and there is no registration necessary.
Tickets for the Olde Time Family Fourth will be offered to participants of the Bicycle parade at a 50 percent discount. Winners of the contest will be announced shortly after the parade. The categories are Best Vintage, Most Patriotic and Most Unique, each subdivided by ages under seven, between seven and 18 and 18 and over. The grand prize for the adult category will be two tickets to a Broadway show, courtesy of radio station WTBQ.
Tickets to the Olde Time Family Fourth fundraiser are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and veterans and $7 for kids 5 to 12. Call the center at 845-986-6422 for more information.