Parading around

With the weekend over, the 45th annual Fredonia Farm Festival finally came to a close during its third day on Sunday. However, it did not end quietly, as festival-goers cheered and clapped during the grand parade down Temple Street.

Various organizations in the local area, as well as individuals seeking public office, marched for the event. Several groups even stopped in front of the parade podium (where Master of Ceremonies Jen Merrill officiated) to perform various routines and songs. Groups included the Infinity Dance Academy, Chadwick Bay Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps and Norman Yonkers’ Karate Connection Mixed Martial Arts Academy.

Dunkirk resident Joan Lyons said she thought the parade was “fabulous” this year.

“I liked the karate demonstration and the young dancer groups and I loved both of the bugle corps, that’s my favorite,” she said. “It just went along smoothly. There were no big delays or anything. And my grandson got lots of candy!”

After the parade, individuals scattered from the sides of Temple Street to continue browsing the wide variety of vendors around Barker Common. Many vendors reported positive business throughout the entire weekend.

Linda Puleo, owner of Linda’s Little Greenhouse in Bemus Point, said she loves selling her cactuses and succulent plants every year at the Farm Festival since it’s always a good show for her.

“This is the best show I do. The college kids come back around the same time and they love the plants,” she said. “I’ve sold so many this year, I’m starting to get my greenhouse emptied out because of it.”

Farm Festival Chair Melissa Thompson said this has probably been the most successful year of the event since the current committee started five years ago.

“I have to say, it’s been a record year for us,” she said. “Very smooth, wonderful volunteers, the groups from the parade were excellent. The parks were full, attendance was full and the weather has been wonderful for it. We probably had five or six more groups in the parade than we normally have, which is wonderful. We really had some more unique things this year.”

Thompson thanked all the volunteers, the Fredonia Fire and Police departments, the village of Fredonia and the town of Pomfret for helping out with this year’s festivities.

“This is the first year we’ve seen everybody come together as a whole and work as one entire group, instead of just individuals,” she said.

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