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Colton ready for annual Country Days celebrations

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COLTON - The town of Colton’s 31st annual Country Days Celebrations will be in full swing this weekend.

The five day stretch of events kicked off Wednesday night with an Evening of Adirondack Music presented by Dave Ruch, Sue Grimm Hanley and Jamie Savage.

Thursday evening continued with the first of three stage presentations of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Colton-Pierrepont Central School.

Tonight at 7 p.m. is the second showing of the play, which is directed by Kimberly Busch of the Grasse River Players.

Saturday (traditional Colton County Day)

9 a.m. - 3 p.m. – Full-day of activities including frog jumping contest, vendors, chicken BBQ by Colton Fire Department and other food, used book sale, kids games, noontime performance on Colton Hepburn Library steps by Sweet Adelines Acapella North Chorus, Museum open house, massages in Gazebo and more

Location: Main Street (rain location for some daytime activities including vendors and noontime performance—Pavilion at Swift Field in hamlet of South Colton)

Contact: Colton Historical Society / Cyndy Hennessy (315-262-2524)

During day visitors encouraged to hike John Stone Memorial Nature Trail off Pleasant Street (County Route 58) and Stone Valley trails where expert-level whitewater paddlers will be taking advantage of the scheduled water release by Brookfield Renewable Energy

7:30 p.m. – Ice cream social followed by fireworks at dark

Location: Firemen’s Field off Hanson Road

Contact: Higley Association / Linden Snyder (315-262-2433)

Sunday:

8 a.m. - 2 p.m. (registration begins at 7 a.m.) – Youth Fishing Derby

Free with prizes and raffles supported by many organizations and businesses in the area

Raffle tickets available in advance at Colton Town Hall—BMX bike, Android tablet, trolling motor and green fees at Potsdam Town & Country Club

Location: Behind Town Hall on Main Street in hamlet of Colton

Contact: Town of Colton Recreation Coordinator / Kevin Lamora (315-262-2225)

3 p.m. – Stage show (final of 3 presentations) / The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee directed by Kimberly Busch of Grasse River Players

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