Four days of music, fireworks, other attractions begins today in Brasher at annual Tri-Town Festival
BRASHER FALLS – The annual Tri-Town Summer Festival kicks off today for a four days of events, including live music performances, fireworks, drum sessions, touch a truck and frog jumping contests.
The theme for this year’s festival is "Make Some Noise" which is intended to celebrate music and involve singing, dancing, and playing instruments, said organizers.The festival gets started tonight (Thursday, July 25) with two events. At 6 p.m., the PTO is sponsoring a family-style dance party at the elementary school which also offers family swim. The Riverview is also hosting an impersonation contest. Anyone is welcome to come dressed in character as their favorite musical artists and can perform lip sync or karaoke to compete for prizes.
On Friday there will be family activities downtown including a magic show sponsored by the Badenhausen Library at 10 a.m., followed by a free Zumba class for children sponsored by Maggie Engles at 4Me Fitness above the library.
There will be a free lunch for children in the lawn behind the library, which is once again sponsored by the Quad-Town Lions Club. Finally, in that same area there will be an African drumming and dancing interactive session by Len Mackey and Friends.
Later in the day, the 10th Mountain Division Rock Band, "Avalanche" will perform for behind the SLC bus garage. Each town's 2019 Parade Marshals will be announced and there will be food trucks, a photo booth, and other events in that area beginning at 7 p.m.
The evening will end with the traditional Friday night fireworks display.
On Saturday, there will be many activities around the arena, starting with a frog jumping contest at 10 a.m., then the parade immediately followed by the kids carnival behind the arena. The carnival will include bounce houses, games, prizes, face-painting, music, and a rain-gutter regatta sponsored by the SLC Teachers' Union.
There will also be a book signing at the arena by Charlie Gardner, author of "Dannemora."
The day will also include a duck and turtle race, an alumni lacrosse game behind the high school, a steak dinner at the Brasher-Winthrop Fire Department, and other fun at local venues such as the Spirits of Downtown and the Riverview. There is also a car show in Lawrenceville on Saturday afternoon.
The annual fishing derby will be held Sunday, and the afternoon will feature the "Touch-a-Truck" event on the baseball field in North Lawrence beginning at 3 p.m. “Touch-A-Truck” includes rescue and emergency vehicles, construction and farm machinery, vehicles from the highway and sheriff's departments, army vehicles and even a helicopter.
There will also be an impaired driving simulator from Franklin County, and the 96.5 radio station will provide musical entertainment.
Concessions will be available courtesy of the Pit Stop Diner, and a chicken barbecue will be served at the North Lawrence Fire Department.
The day will also feature a free car wash, bands at the Riverview, and movies at Victory Baptist.
The complete schedule of events includes:
Thursday, July 25
• 6-8 p.m. "Family Fun Night" sponsored by the PTO: OJ, dancing, and concession in the elementary cafeteria. Pool will be open with a $5 suggested donation for family swim. TTSF shirt sales too.
• 7 p.m. Impersonation contest at Riverview: Come dressed as your favorite musical artist or musical group. Prizes awarded.
Friday, July 26
• 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Sidewalk art contest (from Rescue Squad to Elliott's). Draw your best music inspired artwork. No paint. Ages 1-100. Write your name and age. Ribbons awarded at carnival on Saturday.
• 10 a.m. "Terri the Magician" hosted by the Badenhausen library (back lawn weather permitting)
• 10:30 a.m. Children's (Family) Zumba Class at 4Me Fitness, hosted by Maggie Engels (above the library)
• 11 a.m. Free kids' lunch (Lions Club) municipal lawn behind the library and TTSF shirt sales
• 11 :45 a.m. African drumming, singing, and dancing for all ages with "Len Mackey and Friends" behind the library. This will be an interactive experience.
• 12:30-2 p.m. Senior ice cream social (LBSH)
• 5 p.m. Musical chairs at High Peaks Winery, 21 and older: $6 entry includes free drink, prizes
• 7-9 p.m. SLC bus garage activities: pictures with Poppy and Branch, last chance to get a TTSF t-shirt too, concessions by Karnival Kravings and North Lawrence Fire Department Food Trucks.
• 7 p.m. 10th Mountain Division Rock Band "Avalanche" performs
• 7:45 p.m. 2019 Parade Marshals announced, other prizes awarded during intermission.
• 8 p.m. Free ice cream served courtesy of Massena Memorial Hospital
• 8:15 p.m. " Avalanche" starts second set
• 9 p.m. Savannah Adams sings National Anthem before fireworks by Al Lavalley of Majestic Fireworks.
Saturday, July 27
• 10 a.m. Frog jumping contest inside arena. Bring your own frog. No glass containers.
• 11 a.m. "Make Some Noise" Parade. Top 3 floats will win cash; 1st place is $150. Line-up is at 10 a.m. by the SLC Elementary School.
• 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Car show and more at the Lawrenceville Fire Department; free popcorn and lemonade, band Timeline performs, local vendors.
• 12-3 p.m. Fun around the Arena. All events are free; concession by Tri·Town Rec. Includes: 12-3 p.m. Carnival of Fun for all ages with bounce houses, slides, face-paint, tattoos, balloon animals, games, prizes and more; bands by the river under the new pavilion: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Voice It Out, 1-3 p.m. Wells & The Gathering; 12-3 p.m. book signing with Charlie Gardner, author of "Dannemora;" 1 p.m. sailboat contest sponsored by SLC teachers' union for ages 3-18. Design a sailboat and compete in the "Rain-Gutter Regatta; 2 p.m. duck and turtle race, prizes, $5 for a duck or turtle. Contact a Tri-Town Minor Hockey Parent for a ticket.
• 2-5 p.m. "Ritas and Readings" Margarita Tasting and Tarot Card Reading with Phoenix Moon Energy at Spirits of Downtown (must be over 21 ).
• 3 p.m. Alumni lacrosse game behind SLC Elementary. Odd years wear white; even years wear blue.
• 4-8 p.m. Band at the Riverview.
• 5 p.m. Steak dinner at Brasher-Winthrop Fire Dept. Meals are available to go.
• 8 p.m. Human foosball at the Riverview: life size foosball by the river.
Sunday, July 28
• 10-11 a.m. Fishing derby at Tower's Pond off Highway 11. Free fishing for ages 1-15. Catch and release; no lures.
• 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Chicken barbecue at North Lawrence Fire Dept. 315-212-7794 to place to-go orders.
• 12-2 p.m. Free car wash at the Brasher-Winthrop Fire Department; sponsored by the National Junior Honor Society.
• 3-5 p.m. Touch a Truck at North Lawrence baseball field behind the playground. Pit Stop Diner will have snacks and refreshments available and Wild Country 96.5 radio will provide music.
• 4-8 p.m. Band on the deck at the Riverview.
• 7 p.m. Free movies and snacks at Victory Baptist: "I Can Only Imagine" (featured upstairs) and "Veggle Tales: Celery Night Fever" (downstairs). All are welcome and may bring a pillow or chair.