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  • ‘Festival of Elephants’ coming to Little Falls

  • A herd of elephants may soon make their home in the city of Little Falls.

    Little Falls Republican Committee Chairman Roger Stock on Monday afternoon announced the city will be home to the “Festival of Elephants” throughout the month of October.

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  • A herd of elephants may soon make their home in the city of Little Falls.
    Little Falls Republican Committee Chairman Roger Stock on Monday afternoon announced the city will be home to the “Festival of Elephants” throughout the month of October.
    “While traveling around New York some communities have horses and some have cows on display. In response, the city’s Republican Committee would like to announce a contest called the ‘Festival of Elephants.’ It will be a contest of decorating various sizes of elephants to be put on display,” he said.
    The horses Stock referenced can be found in the city of Saratoga Springs. Thirty-five painted fiberglass thoroughbreds were decorated by chosen artists and sponsored by businesses, and have been put on display in and around Saratoga Springs. The horses range from life-size to tabletop size.
    The cows can be found throughout the village and town of St. Johnsville and were created as part of a community service project developed by Sara Thibodeau, an art teacher at St. Johnsville Junior-Senior High School. Thibodeau surveyed her fellow teachers at the school as to what animal they thought would epitomize the surrounding area and received two suggestions — the white-tailed deer and the cow. Made of plywood, the painted cows have become a focal point in the community.
    Stock said the Little Falls Republican Committee’s contest came about as a result of a discussion about education, politics and a blog that will soon be established on wordpress.com.
    “The contest will have two categories this year — youth and adult — depending upon the response,” he said. “Elephant outlines will be available to all those wanting to enter.”
    Stock invited anyone wanting more information about the contest to call him at 823-2786.
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