WEST SPARTA – Old-Fashioned Day 2015 will feature both classic and brand new acts and events all day on July 25, exactly one month from Thursday.
According to a press release from Sarah Booher, Vice President West Sparta Historical Society, new programs include a pre-event dedication at 9:45 a.m. of the historic Byersville millstone donated by Alynn and Mark Mullikin in the Town Hall Garden by Aimee Alden, Livingston County Historian, and a brand new act full of more fun than most people can bear is “Accordian Pat” a lively program presented by Pat Gambacurta of Rochester.
Back by popular demand are the musical talents of the Warsaw Barbershop Chorus and Chordbuster Quartet directed by Bob Fuest.
The day will also include group-participation 19th Century dances by the Genesee Country Dancers, the Tug of War Contest of local teams vying for $300 in prize money, fashion show of ladies’ apparel of the 18th and 19th centuries with outfits modeled by the “We Wear History” friends of Atlanta, NY Library, and mustang training demonstrations by trainers Emma and Jack Minteer.
Other enduring features of Old-Fashioned Day continue with the vintage tractor and car display, the children’s games and prizes, all-day pony rides and petting zoo, various arts, crafts and sale vendors, food tents, historic displays in the Town Hall and by Town Historian, David Palmer. Once again we will enjoy both military and civilian Civil war camps set up by the 140th Volunteer Infantry group, blacksmithing demonstration by Gary Gerken, and all day tractor rides. The traditional Old-Fashioned Day Parade led by Grand Marshall, Linda Johnson, West Sparta’s senior citizen of 2015 will features vintage cars and tractors special vehicles, horses, marchers and is open to all who are ready to go at noon.
West Sparta Old-Fashioned Day is coordinated by a joint task force of the West Sparta Fire Department, West Sparta Methodist Church, West Sparta Historical Society, and the Town of West Sparta and is funded by farm, business and individual sponsors, proceeds of the annual Spaghetti Dinner, and the Town of West Sparta.
Activities run all day and as always are totally free and open to the public. The grounds are accessible and parking is free.
Event coordinators are still seeking vendors. For applications for vendors, tug of war contestants or the tractor/car show contact Sarah Booher, 335 5094 or email@example.com.