Story by Lourice Angie
The Warwick Valley Community Center held its second annual Olde Time Family Fourth fundraiser event on Wed., Jul. 4 with an even greater emphasis on having its guests become participants.
The fun filled day of events began with the return of the Village of Warwick’s Bicycle Parade and Pageant. Children and adults lined up at the Railroad Green wearing patriotic inspired outfits and displaying their beautifully decorated bicycles.
They paraded to the Warwick Valley Community Center, where Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard, his wife, Judy, and event organizers judged and announced the winners in several categories.
For the under seven years of age group, most patriotic was awarded to three year old twins Boe and Wyatt Knuth, while most creative was awarded to Ryan Dorfman, most vintage to April McCosker, and most unique to Bennett Dwyer.
The winners over seven years old were: most patriotic, Cora Collin’ Green; most unique, Frankie Zottola; and most creative, Max Droge. Winners over 18 were Harry Malloy for most retro and Frank Zottola for most patriotic.
Local bands performed under a large white tent throughout the day with square dancing led by Pat Cannon. The Warwick VFW Color Guard was also on hand and both the veterans and youth involved with the leadership programs lead everyone in patriotic songs.
There were dozens of vendors and children really enjoyed face painting, henna tattoos, old fashioned games, a magician, circus performers and a dunk tank, where they received a chance to dunk the Mayor. In addition, home-style cookout type food and refreshments could also be purchased.
By the afternoon, the sun gave way to clouds and the event was delayed for some time due to severe thunderstorms. Festivities continued inside of the Community Center where cooling stations were set up to help people beat the heat.
There was a mustache and beard contest, a watermelon and pie-eating contest along with contests for best homemade pickles, home baked pies and Jello molds. Submissions were displayed inside the center.
The event continued with an outdoor performance by the very talented ‘Ebony Strings’ group, followed by popular local singer/musician, E’lissa Jones and her band who kept the crowd entertained.
To make a donation to the Community Center visit www.warwickvalleycommunitycenter.com or call 986-6422.