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  • Area residents enjoy Dolgeville's 15th annual Violet Festival Parade

  • Family, friends and neighbors gathered along Main Street in Dolgeville on Saturday morning to watch the village’s 15th annual Violet Festival Parade.



    For a full hour and a half bands, area officials, businesses, fire trucks, tractors, antique cars, clowns, horses, street performers and many more marched down the street as part of the celebration.

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  • Family, friends and neighbors gathered along Main Street in Dolgeville on Saturday morning to watch the village’s 15th annual Violet Festival Parade.
    For a full hour and a half bands, area officials, businesses, fire trucks, tractors, antique cars, clowns, horses, street performers and many more marched down the street as part of the celebration.
    Pat and Marty Ralbovski of Herkimer watched in amazement as the parade spectacles went by.
    “This is the biggest parade I’ve seen yet and I come every year,” she said. “I think the parade is so big this year because it is the festival’s 15th anniversary but no matter how big the parade is, it’s amazing to see the amount of bands which you don’t usually see and I think it’s wonderful with the amount of band participation.”
    Dolgeville resident and native Annabellee Hayes grew up in the village and every year she tries her best to make it to the Violet Festival Parade.
    “I really like to see what’s going to come through each year and it’s nice to have something to do. I really enjoy everything that is part of the Violet Festival and I especially enjoy listening to music and the parade marching bands,” Hayes said.
    Eight-year-old Emily Shephard of Herkimer was enjoying her time watching the parade and collecting pencils, candy, and beaded necklaces as they were tossed out to the crowd by parade marchers.
    Originally from Dolgeville, Melissa Shephard of Herkimer said she attends the parade every year with her daughter Emily and husband Joe.
    “The parade has gotten so big and every year the amount of bands in the parade seem to grow,” she said.
    Her husband Joe Shephard said he used to play trombone for the Chadwicks marching band while in high school.
    “As a former band member I’d have to say the Waterville High School Marching Band gets my vote as best band in the parade,” he said.
    To help kick off the Violet Festival the opening ceremony was held on the Friday night before the parade.
    During the ceremony several awards were given.
    Raymond “Dutch” Smith of Dolgeville was named Violet Festival King.
    “It’s great to be king, I’ve lived here all of my life and every year the event gets bigger and bigger. The Violet Festival Parade is the biggest parade in Herkimer County and it’s really great to see everyone come out and take part in the celebration,” Smith said.
    Esther and Larry Austin of Dolgeville were presented with the Community Award.
    “I am honored and humbled to have received this award and I love my hometown,” Esther Austin said.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We really appreciate the award and Dolgeville has been apart of my life for a long time and even before I moved here, I worked here for an apprenticeship,” Larry Austin added.
    Winners of the Dolgeville House Decoration contest named during the open ceremony include:  Grand Prize Winner, Mary Skuza and Motor’s Inn; First Time Winner, Jackie and John Rachon; First Runner Up, Carla Hoffman Sweet; Most Original, Amy and James Becker; Best Nightime Display, Kathy Provorse; Most Colorful, Mary and Paul Puznowski; Best Business, Dolgeville IRA, and Honorable Mention, Beverly Becker.
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