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The Times
  • Residents enjoy 26th annual Ilion Days

  • The 26th annual Doo-Dah Parade kicked off Ilion Days’ weekend events on Friday evening.

    Village residents and visitors crowded sidewalks in excitement to watch passing floats, fire engines and marching bands. After, a block party took place at Central Plaza with Steve Rigo and Friends.

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  • The 26th annual Doo-Dah Parade kicked off Ilion Days’ weekend events on Friday evening.
    Village residents and visitors crowded sidewalks in excitement to watch passing floats, fire engines and marching bands. After, a block party took place at Central Plaza with Steve Rigo and Friends.
    Ilion Days continued throughout the village on Saturday. Events included a 5K race, craft fair, dog show, children’s art activities, games and a “Minute to Win It” challenge, a newly added event.
    Committee member Elaine Mabry said the challenge was comprised of different games that had to be completed within a minute. “If kids complete the challenge in time they get a prize,” she said.
    Fancy Flamingo was a part of the “Minute to Win It” challenge, in which children had 60 seconds to throw as many beads as they could around a flamingo’s neck.
    The fire prevention station was another activity for children at Central Plaza. The station tought children what to do and how to escape safely from their house if there ever was a fire, said volunteer firefighter Joe White.
    “They learn to check if a fire has spread throughout a house by feeling the temperature of a door. If it’s hot they will know it’s not safe to exit through the door,” said volunteer firefighter Nick Korba, who explained to children how to escape a burning building. “Stay low to the ground and never hide.”
    He added, “If you are scared stay by the window so your family, neighbors and firemen can see and help you escape.”
    The children completed a fire drill exercise as non-harmful smoke filled the station. To safely escape the smoke they crawled to a nearby window and climbed out with the help of firefighters.
    The Ilion Days craft fair featured a variety of crafters. The fair included handmade soaps, melted candle wax, jewelry, a palm reader, carpentry crafts and pottery.
    Cassandra Pagnotta, of Cassandra’s Creations, is student in Ilion. Pagnotta said she began creating jewelry for herself in fourth grade and enjoyed it.
    “I took some jewelry making classes at Michael’s to become more familiar with the craft,” she said. Since then she has continued to make jewelry and sell her creations at local craft fairs.
    Stacey Greene, of S and B Unique Gifts, creates gift baskets from recycled materials found at consignment shops and second-hand stores. Each basket usually has a theme with all the items inside relating to one another. Greene’s baskets included a pizza basket with pizza shaped plates, a pizza cutter and a cheese shaker, a corn-on-the cob basket with corn plates, holders and tongs and a picnic basket complete with an outdoor kitchen dish set and pot holder.
    Page 2 of 2 - “This is my third year selling at the craft shows and people are starting to catch on,” she said. “People really enjoy the unique idea of recyclable gifts.”
    Not only does Greene give many unused gifts a second chance, but she also believes in giving back. Greene said a portion of her sales are donated to local benefit funds.

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