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Colton Country Days kick off Wednesday

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COLTON - This year is the 30th anniversary of Colton Country Days.

So the Colton Historical Society, chief organizer of the event over the years, is partnering with others to make it a multi-day celebration with lots to do for the entire family.

Festivities kick off on Wednesday with the second in a series of summer music performances taking place at the Gazebo on Main Street starting at 6:30 p.m. Sin Wagon, organized by George Cox, combines the instrumental and singing talents of four performers from the area who play old and new country music with some rock and roll mixed in. Ice cream and other goodies will be available thanks to the St. Patrick’s - St. Paul’s Altar Rosary Society. If raining, the performance goes on at the town’s Pavilion on Sugar Bush Lane in the hamlet of South Colton. Seating is on the lawn (or concrete Pavilion floor) so bring your chair or blanket and come ready to enjoy the show.

On Thursday throufh Sunday, a two-part Radio Hour show focusing on the 1940s and World War II in particular takes place in the auditorium at Colton-Pierrepont Central School. First—during each performance listeners will be treated to Stories of a Town written by Bill Riehl based upon experiences, oral histories, photographs and other historic material gathered from veterans and other Colton townspeople.

Second, The 1940’s Radio Hour written by Walton Jones and directed by Karen Wells of the Grasse River Players will be performed on stage. The 1940’s Radio Hour replicates the broadcast of a 1942 radio variety show. The shows begin at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.

On Saturday, traditional Colton Country Day events take place on Main Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., including the ever popular frog jumping contest, children’s games, used book sale, food along Main Street and a chicken BBQ at the fire station on Riverside Drive as well as vendors with antiques, artwork, crafts and more.

In the event of rain, indoor activities along Main Street go on as planned but outdoor activities are cancelled.

While downtown, visitors also can hike nearby trails—including the John Stone Memorial Nature Trail off Pleasant Street (County Route 58,) which has gotten some needed attention by volunteers, and the Stone Valley trails, where expert-level whitewater paddlers will be taking advantage of the second water release of the season by Brookfield Renewable Energy.

The Finish Line Lounge located on Main Street opens at noon to serve as a Whitewater Welcome Center for spectators and paddlers alike. The Museum also will be open for people to reminisce, study the 1940s exhibit and get maps, brochures and other information about things to do in the area.

The Higley Association is hosting an ice cream social starting at 7:30 p.m. at Fireman’s Field (located at the corner of Gulf and Hanson roads) followed by fireworks at dark.

On Sunday, a Youth Fishing Derby for boys and girls ages 3-15 years is being held from 8 a.m. to noon. Registration starts at 7 a.m. behind the Colton Town Hall on Main Street. The derby is free and there will be prizes and raffles supported by many organizations and businesses in the area.

To learn more about these and other summer events in the town of Colton, please check the town’s website (http://www.townofcolton.com). Also there is information on three Facebook pages: Colton Country Days, The Sunday Rock Legacy Project and Town of Colton. Flyers and posters about summer activities are available in the Colton Town Hall plus at the two post offices and the two information centers in town. And posters about Radio Hour are displayed around town and in other communities in the area.

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