(Hamilton, NY – July 2012) With Regents exams and high school graduations upon us, it is a mere matter of weeks before the Fourth of July will be here. The Hamilton Fourth of July committee has been hard at work putting together a celebration to exemplify this year’s theme, “America, the Beautiful.”

The Lloyd V. Evans Post 375 will have a memorial service at the memorial located between village hall and the library starting at 9:45 a.m.

Patti Blocklin returns as the coordinator of the vendors and farmers market. As always, she promises to have delectable delights for the community to try and buy. There will be minimal handicapped parking at the south end of the village green. Musical entertainment will be offered throughout the day at the gazebo.

The annual parade promises to be an event to remember. Back again is the Laurens Central Band, this year’s class D first-place winners in the Sherburne Pageant of Bands. Watch closely as they march backward from time to time.

Recently the Morrisville Eaton drumline performed for the pay what you want movie night at the Hamilton Theater, and will be back to perform again in this year’s parade. You’ll see annual local musical favorites such as the Canastota Community band, Stockbridge Valley band and Madison Central School band.

Returning with a float this year will be local Cub Scout Pack 120, last year’s Green Theme winner. New this year to the parade will be entries from the Hamilton Lions Club and Heritage Farms. Reunion classes from Hamilton Central School and Hall of Honor inductees will be represented, as well.

Also new to the parade this year is the calliope of the Northeast Classic Car museum, as well as the pace car from the Utica Rome Speedway.

Price Chopper is again showing support for the event by being a corporate band sponsor. You will be wowed and amazed at the finale, the largest band ever to march in the Hamilton Fourth of July parade; the three most active and award winning summer marching band programs in Upstate New York will combine and perform as one large ensemble in this year’s event. Can you guess who they are?

The parade takes place rain or shine and kicks off from the airpark at 10:30 a.m. with plans to arrive in the center of town at 11 a.m. Judging for the floats takes place before the parade kicks off from the airpark. Judging this year will be Jon Armstrong, Samanthi Martinez and Dan Rains.

By martha

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