HEUVELTON The Heuvelton Labor Day celebration is going to be bigger than ever thanks to the efforts of committed community members who want to see the tradition continue.
This years celebration was put in jeopardy when the Labor Day Committee disbanded in June, its members citing health reasons.
But Mayor Barbara A. Lashua and other community members have organized a redneck-themed festival this year that will continue and expand on the 16-year-old event.
The support has been tremendous, and the group that has banded together is one of the most enthusiastic groups I have ever worked with, Mrs. Lashua said. They are doing a phenomenal job.
The events will begin on Aug. 31 with a fishing derby and a 5K walk/run, Mrs. Lashua said.
On Sept. 1 a parade will set off down Main Street at 1 p.m. and end at the village boat launch.
We are encouraging people to enter floats or come up with a redneck vehicle, Mrs. Lashua said. Put your tractor in the parade. We would also like to have a younger section of the parade thats all decorated bicycles.
At the boat launch, Mrs. Lashua said, there will be vendors and crafters, a classic car show and games for the kids.
There also will be lawn mower races, a duck race, an old-fashioned cake walk, a nail pounding competition and a baby contest where a Little Mister and Miss Heuvelton will be crowed, Mrs. Lashua said.
It just keeps going and going and going, Mrs. Lashua said of the planning process.
At 7 p.m. on Sept. 1 the village will attempt to make and consume the worlds largest ice cream sundae.
Following the ice cream sundae effort, at dusk, the village will set off fireworks at the boat launch.
Mrs. Lashua said she is happy with the planning process.
At first we thought if we could get a parade and fireworks that would satisfy us, she said. It has really blossomed.
But the community-wide festival still needs help to be a success, Mrs. Lashua said.
Volunteers are needed to supervise games on Sept. 1 and help organize parking at the boat launch.
Anyone looking for more information, wanting to volunteer or looking to enter a float should contact Mrs. Lashua at 344-7123.