History Fair success with outhouse exception


OBSERVER staff writer

CHARLOTTE CENTER – Music flowed through the center of the Village of Sinclairville on Saturday afternoon at the 15th Annual Sinclairville History Fair.

For the second year, outhouse races began at 3:30. But in the third race, things went south.

Contestants specially built outhouses on wheels, racing them downhill side by side on Church Street. Each outhouse had three pushers and one driver sitting in the vehicle.

Two outhouses collided at the end of the stretch of pavement, and one pusher suffered a minor head injury. The races continued, and then another collision occurred, putting an end to the races. No one was seriously injured, but one pusher did suffer a minor head injury and a driver ended up with an injured knee.

Mayor Kenneth France said that minus the outhouse race collisions, it was a successful day.

“The turnout has been great. The day has been beautiful,” France said, extending a thank you to everyone who volunteered and helped the history fair take place for the 15th year.

Andy Cussimano and Friends provided bluegrass style entertainment in the gazebo while people milled around vendors selling jewelry, crafts and snacks.

Josie Hind of Josie’s Jewelry in Frewsburg was at the fair selling handmade earrings, necklaces and bracelets for the fourth year in a row and said, “People really participate well. There are so many things going on all day. It’s a cute little show.”

The historical society museum, the oldest standing brick building in Chautauqua County, was open all day for tours.

In the museum, Susan Sipos put on a spinning demonstration displaying her talent which has been perfected over the course of 30 years.

Sipos said, “All it is is twisting fibers. Our ancestors all knew how to do this and that’s how they got their clothes. They worked really hard.”

Professionally, she is a fiber artist, spinner, weaver and basket maker.

Sipos was inspired by a trip to the Chautauqua County Fair many years ago where she witnessed a man weaving yarn and decided she wanted to learn about the craft. She taught art at Frontier Central School in Hamburg and has been retired for 15 years but still volunteers when she finds time.

“I go to other historical societies if time permits. I have so many volunteer things to do,” Sipos said.

Other events included pulled pork and chicken barbecues, a log cutting contest, a beautiful baby contest, a tour of the Evergreen Cemetery, a classic car cruise-in and an antique tractor display.

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