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HARRISVILLE — New this year to the Saturday, Aug. 16, Harrisville Community Fest will be a jaws of life demonstration.

“We’ll actually have some junk or crashed vehicles. We’ll probably put one fireman into a vehicle as a patient and actually take it apart. We’d bring the patient out as we would at an accident scene and demonstrate how we keep people alive,” said Robert Bellinger, Harrisville Fire Chief.

The demonstration will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Fire Hall, 14226 Church St. Weather permitting, LifeNet will also be on scene to demonstrate helicopter participation. The demonstration will hopefully enlighten drivers.

“When people go by an accident scene they just see fire trucks and once in while a little bit of action. The jaws of life demo shows exactly what we do and why we do it,” said Mr. Bellinger, adding, “Hopefully some of kids that do texting and driving will see what they should not be doing; they could end up like that, not in a demonstration but in real life.”

The ninth annual Harrisville Community Fest will be held Aug. 16 with events planned throughout the village, beginning with the 8 a.m. community wide garage sales and slowpitch softball tournament. The day will wind down with Fireworks at dusk and a 21-and-older dance at the Fire Hall.

According to event organizer Denise Avallone, several businesses in the village will host free raffles with drawings that evening.

“We have activities for all ages. This is a family oriented event and we have a nice little community that would like people to come and see what we have,” said Ms. Avallone.

Bicycles, skateboards and dogs are not allowed at Scenic View.

SLOWPITCH SOFTBALL TOURNEY DETAILS

In conjunction with the ninth annual Harrisville Community Fest, a one-day double elimination slowpitch softball tournament will be hosted at the Firemen’s Field on Church Street.

The tournament will be double elimination and can accommodate up to six teams. Teams are still being sought for participation. Players must be over the age of 16. Registration is $150 per team.

Players should bring their own gloves; bats will be provided.

Last year, the first year the tournament had been held during Community Fest since 2008, saw a team out of Carthage/Fort Drum led by Ron Covell take the win.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

8 a.m.: Community wide garage sales begin. Slowpitch softball tourney begins.

Noon until gone: Chicken barbecue to benefit the Youth Bowling League at Harrisville Lanes and Lounge. Cost is $8.75 for dinners.

Noon to 4 p.m.: Local musicians will perform at Scenic View parking lot off Main Street. There will also be karate demonstrations by local students. Vendors and children’s games, including a bounce house, will be on site throughout the day.

2 p.m.: Rubber duck run down the Oswegatchie River. Ducks are $5 and will be sold at Scenic View throughout the day prior to the race. Race ends at the Grand View Island Park bridge on Route 3. Proceeds benefit the Harrisville Alumni Association. Ducks are currently for sale at Pastamore Pizzeria, 8214 Main St.

7 p.m.: Parade down Main Street.

Dusk: Fireworks over the Oswegatchie River, can be viewed from Scenic View parking lot.

n Following fireworks: Adult dance at the Harrisville Fire Hall, 14226 Church St. Music by Dirty Sally. Entry is $3 per person or $5 per couple.

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