EDWARDS Muskets boomed in Edwards on Saturday as the town celebrated its 200 years.
The area was first settled alongside a military road in 1812, and soldiers would sometimes camp nearby. Those soldiers were represented during Saturdays celebrations by the re-enactors of Ogdensburgs Forsyths Rifles Inc. Edwards officially became a town in 1827.
Performers, vendors and families gathered in the Lions Club Field for a full day of events designed to showcase life in the 1800s. Children could participate in their own military muster, or learn games from the past. The Lions Club held a chicken barbecue, and vendors arrived from all around.
Each organization in town did whatever they did to make it a good day, said town historian LaVerne H. Freeman.
The town board began to plan the events early last fall. Various organizations chipped in money to line the streets with flags saying Welcome to Edwards, Est. 1812.
The festivities coincided with the annual townwide yard sale. Tents and blankets lined the streets of Edwards as shoppers wandered from sale to sale.
Some people were selling items from their homes, while others came from the surrounding community hoping to sell their wares.
Its actually been very busy, said Carrie A. Foster, who came from Hermon to participate in the event.
The town decided to hold the anniversary celebrations alongside the annual sale.
Thats almost history in and of itself, the annual yard sale, said Linda L. Perry, vice president of the Town of Edwards Historical Association.
While the yard sale has been going on for years, the bicentennial celebrations drew in potential customers from farther away than ever before, said B. Gail Whitmarsh. Ms. Whitmarsh makes and sells jewelry and has participated in the yard sales for 11 years.
Every year I meet someone different, she said. This year drew people from as far away as Fine and Watertown.
You see people you havent seen in years, Ms. Whitmarsh said.