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BROWNVILLE — The 36th annual General Brown Days mean more to area residents than just selling old junk or taking children on carnival rides.

It’s a way to unite the communities of Brownville, Dexter and Glen Park, from Friday through today.

“It just brings everyone together,” said Alicia Bell, who walked along Brown Boulevard on Saturday while her nephew, Iseiah J.S. Hamilton, 4, rode his battery-operated John Deere toy tractor. “Families have dinners together, and it’s just to see friends and let our nephew look at things.”

It was a little work and a little play for the village resident, who helps her husband, William, man the fried dough booth with fellow Masons.

Yard sale enthusiasts lined Main Street from Glen Park to Brownville, seeking bargains at the various sales residents were hosting. Walking past dozens of vendors outside the General Jacob Brown Mansion, 216 Brown Blvd., people browsed candles, carvings, toys, handmade craft items and jewelry, wine, food and drinks.

Mixed in with area businesses showcasing their products were the General Brown Performing Arts Booster club raising funds for its organization, and a table to educate people on supporting General Brown Central School District’s related professionals.

Many people attended the event wearing blue and gold, which are the school district’s colors.

General Brown Days are held each year to honor Gen. Jacob Brown. He became a land agent here in the early 1800s, and soon after became a colonel in the 108th Regiment of the New York Militia during the War of 1812. Gen. Brown was famous for his involvement in the War of 1812, particularly the Battle of Sackets Harbor. His home was the Brown Mansion, where the village of Brownville office, library and community center now are housed.

Watertown resident Amanda Lewis said she had always heard how wonderful General Brown Days were, but had never been to the event until Saturday. She said she’s glad she came.

“We enjoyed the garage sales, where she found her baby doll,” she said, pointing to her 1-year-old daughter, Allison. “We’ll probably come back for the parade.”

However, the weather hadother ideas, and the parade set for Saturday night was canceled because of the rain.

Mrs. Lewis said she liked all activities and the food and drink options that were stationed close by on Saturday afternoon.

“It’s a good alternative on the weekend, something nice for the kids to do,” she said.

The event continues today.

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