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Hammond Community Fall Festival continues today

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HAMMOND – Community Fall Festival organizers are hoping for a large turnout this weekend.

The fifth annual Hammond Community Fall Festival continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today with a 5K run/walk, cider making, children’s games and a variety of activities all day.

The festival began Friday with a potluck dinner.

“We’re hoping for good weather,” said Lisa J. Gallagher, festival chairperson. “The first year we had it we had nothing but rain, but we had a great turnout.”

Although the festival is sponsored by Hammond Presbyterian Church, all the money raised from the event will support mission projects locally and globally.

Charities include: Soldier’s Angels & Adopt-a-Platoon, the St. Lawrence Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Hammond Food Pantry, Hospice and Palliative Care of the St. Lawrence Valley, Habitat for Humanity, Ministry in the North Country, Church World Services, AIDS Community Resources, Marian Medical Missions: Shallow Well Program, and Native American Traveling College, Akwesasne.

Last year’s festival raised over $2,500.

“We would like to increase the amount over last year,” said Pastor Cathy M. Stevenson. “But mostly we want to provide the Hammond community an opportunity to come together and have a good time, to enjoy being together.”

Festival events today will include the second annual 5K walk/run. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the race starting at 9 a.m. T-shirts will be given to the first 50 people registered. The cost is $10 per person and water will be provided. All proceeds will be donated to AIDS Community Resources.

There will be a bounce house, food, local artist demonstrations, draft horse wagon rides, a bake sale, miniature horses, cider making, pumpkin painting, cake walks, all day raffles and centerpiece making.

Music will be provided by the Rustic Riders from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and The Jack Kelley Little Big Band from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

There will be a “The Beauty of Nature” photo contest in the chapel at the church. The contest has over 35 entries.

Hammond Volunteer Fire Department will demonstrate their new life pack from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the church. The cardiac defibrillator was purchased with donations made by the community.

“We look forward to this event each year and look forward to sharing the time, talents and resources of the Hammond community with our neighbors near and far,” said Pastor Stevenson.

Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children ages 5 to 12. The first 50 children are admitted free, courtesy of Ned’s General Store, 12 N. Main St.

Children under 5 are admitted free. Admission includes a hot dog, chili and beverage.

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