HOPKINTON - This weekend’s version of Hopkinton’s Summer Festival will have a bit of an old western cowboys and cowgirls feel to it.
“(Howdy Hopkinton) is all for the kids. It has a theme every year, and this year all the kids will be getting cowboy hats,” Town Clerk Vickie L. French said.
The town of Hopkinton’s 12th annual SummerFest kicks off Friday night and will include the aforementioned “Howdy Hopkinton” event from noon until 6 p.m. Saturday.
The lead off portion of SummerFest is the third annual talent contest in the park at 7 p.m. Friday. The competition is for all ages, and cash prizes will be awarded.
DJ Wendy Crump will be performing Friday night and a firework’s display will follow the talent contest.
“We do one amazing firework’s show. It’s definitely one of the best in the county that I have ever seen,” SummerFest Committee Co-Chair Shawn Pike said.
“The fireworks on Friday night (are big) and then on Saturday it’s an accumulation of the parade and all the different bands. We have Northbound this year, which will be a new band for us,” Ms. French said.
Saturday’s parade will start at 10 a.m., and participants will march along U.S. Route 11B to County Route 49.
“There’s always a variety of groups that march (in the parade) from Little League teams to local fire departments, the Parishville ATV group etc... We also have a lot of politicians taking part this year, it being an election year,” Mr. Pike said. “That’s what the kids love a lot - definitely the parade.”
There will be a chicken barbecue at 5 p.m. Saturday at the town hall to benefit the Hopkinton-Fort Jackson Fire Department.
The town’s SummerFest is always the third Saturday in July but features a small schedule rearrangement this year.
“We’re only having it on Friday night and Saturday this year. Our fireworks will be Friday night instead of Saturday,” Ms. French said. “Last year for our talent contest it rained, and we had to have it inside the town hall and it was packed. We have all of the events, rain or shine.”
Saturday will include all day Gazebo entertainment from five different music groups.
Oshier Country will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Drifters will perform from 2 to 4 p.m., Old Timers are on the stage from 4 to 6 p.m., North Country will play from 6 to 8 p.m., and Northbound wraps up the evening for a block dance from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Refreshments will be available, and all events are free. There will be plenty of food sold throughout the festival.
While SummerFest wraps up Saturday night, more fun and entertainment is slated for the community on Sunday.
“The fire department will also have garden tractor pulls that will start at 11 a.m. behind the fire station on Sunday. It’s something new that we figured we would try,” Ms. French said.