Potsdam Summerfest wraps up Saturday with parade, antique car show, firemen's 'run to river'
Friday, July 9, 2010 - 4:50 pm

POTSDAM – A parade, the traditional antique car and craft shows and the firemen’s “run to the river” wrap up the three-day 43rd annual Potsdam Summer Festival Saturday.

Saturday’s special events begin at 9 a.m. in Ives Park with the craft show, the antique car show, a hands-on weaving demonstration at 1 p.m. sponsored by the Potsdam Public Museum, and a bouncy house and face painting.

The Orchestra of Northern New York’s annual “junque” sale is joining the new flea market sponsored by North Country Neighbors at Pine Street Arena from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Music at the Northern Music & Video Main Stage downtown on Market Street again begins at 10 a.m., and there is a whole lineup of musical acts at the gazebo in Ives Park also starting at 10 a.m.

The fire department’s exciting Run to the River, a legacy of volunteer fire companies’ speed competitions, takes place downtown at about 7 p.m., after the community parade around town that begins at 5:30 p.m. The parade will feature local notables, the fire department, and marching bands from high schools in Morristown and Lisbon.

After the parade and the Run to the River, the Main Stage music resumes with The Debt at 7:15 and Ten Cent Green at 9. From 7:30 to 9 p.m., music in Ives Park is capped by a performance from Northbound.

During the day, other events at the Potsdam Public Museum, the Potsdam Public Library, and all around town will also keep attendees busy and entertained.

Market Street between Main and Elm streets will again be blocked off to traffic, and the Northern Music and Video Main Stage will again feature numerous musical acts starting at 10 a.m.

Stores along Market Street, Main Street, Maple Street, Elm Street and Raymond Street will arrange racks and tables of merchandise and set up attractions for kids and adults throughout the festival. The tent over the Main Stage, for the performers, has been supplemented by another tent for the audience this year.

The Potsdam Volunteer Fire Department free shows of movies for kids at the Roxy, “Shrek Forever After,” will be shown at 12:15 p.m.