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The Times
  • Parade a big draw for Violet Festival

  • Everyone had different reasons for watching the Violet Festival Parade on June 9.

    For Teresa Congdon, she wanted to cheer on her husband, Dennis, as he went by with the Dolgeville Football Hall of Fame trucks.

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  • Everyone had different reasons for watching the Violet Festival Parade on June 9.
    For Teresa Congdon, she wanted to cheer on her husband, Dennis, as he went by with the Dolgeville Football Hall of Fame trucks.
    “He’s being inducted,” she said.
    The Congdons, both originally from the area, now live in Virginia. She said four generations of family were together to watch the parade on Saturday and to be there for the induction on Sunday.
    “I like seeing the parade and seeing old friends,” she said.
    Shannon Smith, of Oppenheim, brought her daughter, Kendall, to see the Oppenheim-Ephratah Marching Hawks perform.
    “I graduated from there and Kendall will be going there,” she said. “We try to come every year.”
    For Paula Fritschi, it was to cheer on her colleagues in the Civil War re-enactment group the 6th New York Cavalry. She said this was the first year her group had been asked to participate, but she was sidelined to recover from surgery.
    Many people lined up along the parade route to watch the varied floats, performers and guests go by. The parade started on West State Street and marched down North Main and into South Main.
    Some of the honored guests who participated included Kathy Winkler, who was awarded the Lyndon Lyon Community Award. Also in the parade were Lois and “Dip” Contino, the King and Queen of the Violet Festival. The winners from the festival’s Princess and Little Mister pageants also participated, along with pageant winners from other competitions.
    Marching bands from Dolgeville, St. Johnsville and Oppenheim-Ephratah schools participated in the parade. There were also pipe bands, including the Mohawk Valley Frasers, and a color guard from the American Legion.
    The parade is one of the highlights of the four-day event that makes up the Violet Festival, now in its 14th year. The weekend also includes food vendors, live music, arts and crafts, an art show at  Dolgeville Central School, garage sales and contests surch “The Biggest Loser” and “The Violet Idol” musical competition. A “sock hop” at Plowe Park took place Thursday, with a 5K run and walk on Sunday. Also this year, the living history street play, “The Chapters of Alfred Dolge,” was performed on Saturday; scene one before the start of the parade; scene two at the village hall and scene three at Heterline Park.

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