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The Times
  • Little Falls festival drums up support for flood victims

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  • Tim Mosher's home in Danube escaped the damage of the June 28 flood.
    His neighbors along the Nowadaga Creek in Little Falls weren't as lucky — but they were lucky to have neighbors.
    At the Mohawk Valley Rock n Roll Relief festival Saturday at Shu-Maker Mountain in Little Falls, Mosher recalled approaching the house on four-wheelers with three others as the rising waters turned the house on its side, leaving two parents and their three kids with no way out.
    "And we waited for the water to calm down a little bit, and we went in and hooked ropes to ourselves, and we got them out," he said.
    Proceeds from the three-day music festival will go to flood victims such as Mosher's neighbors through the Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, which is taking applications from those affected by the flood.
    Jessica Synenki, an event organizer with the newly formed Rock n Roll Relief group, said the goal was to raise $5,000.
    About 100 people attended Friday night, and by 6 p.m. Saturday, about 300 people had come through, she said. A total of 10 bands volunteered to perform and about 15 food and craft vendors set up throughout the weekend.
    "Every once in a while, we get hit hard with something," she said. "This (event) has been a really great way to pull this area together."
    The idea for the event came from brothers John and Mark Tyoe, whose band, The Curtiss Road Blues Band, opened the festival Friday night.
    "I've lived here my whole life, my brother has, too," John Tyoe of Oppenheim said. "We've all dealt with floods. We're just trying to give a little bit back."
    The festival continues from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and will feature a petting zoo and bounce house for the kids. Gravel Yard Bluegrass Band, Chris United and Pocket Change are scheduled to perform.
    Admission is free, but donations to benefit the flood victims are encouraged.
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