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47th annual Potsdam SummerFest starts today

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POTSDAM - Beginning today, the sounds of summer tunes will be echoing throughout Potsdam, countless dining options will be available and a weekend full of games and activities will commence in the municipality.

The 47th annual Potsdam Summer Festival starts at noon today and will feature family friendly entertainment through the weekend.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marylee E. Ballou says that there were some last minute minor changes Wednesday, but everything is coming together smoothly.

“I’ve had some switching on our main stage schedule,” Ms. Ballou said. “On Thursday, from 3 to 4 p.m. ‘King Kong’ will be playing. It’s a duo that plays guitar/blues/rock music. On Friday from 2 to 3 p.m., the ‘Concessionaires’ will be performing and they play 60s/70s music. This is just a swap because of conflicts with another group. It was easy to do that flip.”

Ms. Ballou noted that Saturday’s craft show, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be full with vendors, as will the street vendor stations.

While SummerFest always includes a parade on Saturday, this year’s version will include a specified theme for the first time. This year’s parade theme is “Fun in the Sun” and starts on Clarkson Avenue, goes down Maple Street, up Main Street and concludes at the Old Snell Hall.

Potsdam and surrounding communities were hit by a nasty thunderstorm Tuesday night, but Ms. Ballou sees the weather event as somewhat of a blessing in disguise.

“I think I was the only one who liked that the storm happened Tuesday night and not this weekend. Our forecast is looking great this weekend and should be perfect for us,” Ms. Ballou said.

Thursday July 10

Throughout Potsdam

Noon – 8 p.m. Vendors, Concessions

11 a.m. – Gone Potsdam Elks, 10 Elm St. Chicken Barbecue

5 – 7 p.m. Tour de Potsdam, Waverly Street. Sponsored by the St. Lawrence Health Initiative, Registration at 5 p.m.; walkers, 6 p.m. start; runners, 6:30 p.m. start.

6:30 – 8 p.m. Potsdam Rescue Squad Ice Cream Social, behind The Clarkson Inn

Northern Music & Video Main Stage

Noon – 1 p.m. Ed Trainor, Acoustic

1 – 2 p.m. Sounds of Nashville in the Adirondacks, Country

2 – 3 p.m. Hermon DeKalb Jazz Ensemble

3 – 4 p.m. King Kong, Blues/Rock

4 – 5 p.m. Country Showdown, Singing contest

5 – 7 p.m. Tas Cru, Blues/Americana

7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Six Foot Midget, Rock

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