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COLTON - Wednesday will kick off a five-day stretch of entertainment, activities and celebrations in the town of Colton during the 31st annual Colton Country Days. The event is hosted by the Colton Historical Society, who partners with the town and a handful of other organizations.

“It’s always the third weekend in July,” Society President Cynthia Hennessy said. “On Saturday the frog jumping contest is quite popular in the morning. This year, after the contest, we are adding some games that will include balloon contests for the kids and egg tossing contests for adults.”

Other items of particular interest, according to Ms. Hennessy, include the Colton Fire Department sponsored chicken barbecue on Saturday and the used book sale at the library.

“The ice cream social sponsored by the Higley Association and the fireworks are very big,” Ms. Hennessy said. “Jody Wallace will be offering massage sessions in the gazebo on Saturday. That runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.”

The ice cream social gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Firemen’s Field off Hanson Road and precedes the fireworks.

“The total package will draw people and people have different interests, and I just think that they are going to enjoy it. It benefits a lot of organizations that make the event successful,” Ms. Hennessy said.

During this week’s monthly town board meeting, Tourism and Beautification Coordinator Ruth T. McWilliams said that final plans for the festivities are coming together smoothly.

“The Tourism and Beautification Committee worked with the Colton Historical Society and other entities in town that really host Colton Country Day events and the role we take on is to help with publicity,” Ms. McWilliams said. “The historic, traditional Colton Country Day was the third Saturday of the month. In recent years, it’s expanded to a multi-day celebration, and we’ve been kicking it off with the gazebo performance. ... We’ve got an Evening of Adirondack Music performing on Wednesday and with the Sunday Rock Legacy Project, we’ve got three staged performances at the (Colton-Pierrepont Central School) of the 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

Additional parts of Saturday’s full day of activities, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., include vendors, food, kids games, a museum open house and a noontime performance on the Colton Hepburn Library steps by the Sweet Adelines Acapella North Chorus.

In addition, visitors are encouraged to hike the John Stone Memorial Nature Trail off Pleasant Street, where expert-level whitewater paddlers will be taking advantage of the scheduled water release by Brookfield Renewable Energy.

“On Sunday, we have a combination of the last show at the school and (Recreation Department Chairman Kevin LaMora’s) youth fishing derby,” Ms. McWilliams said.

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