Sinclairville celebrates 19th Annual History Fair
The small village of Sinclairville celebrated its 19th annual History Fair Saturday, a day-long event that brought together the best of the community.
The day’s festivities began with breakfast by the 76ers and a memorial service at the Valley Historical Society museum.
A grand parade proceeded down Main Street, displaying many classic cars and tractors, floats of local businesses, a marching band and several area fire departments.
The event had activities to offer for all ages, from historical displays to a craft show and children’s games.
Susan Sipos, a local fiber artist, spent the day demonstrating spinning yarn. Sipos has been participating in the History Fair since it began 19 years ago. She says she enjoys the event because it brings people together.
“People come to see some things they would not normally see,” said Sipos, referring to the number of historical demonstrations on display at the fair.
A Grandma’s Fruit Pie Contest, held in the firehall, featured an array of homemade pies. First place was taken by Helen Runge with her blueberry raspberry pie, with Lois Anderson and Jane Kryzanowski taking second and third place, respectively. As for the beautiful baby contest, the best overall girl was won by Madalynn, the daughter of Lyndsey Ellis, and the best overall boy was won by Wyatt, the son of Melissa Winton.
The classic car show had a larger turnout than ever before, featuring more than 50 classic vehicles. First place for the cars was taken by Tyler Searle with his 1924 Ford T, with Pat Kelly, and Phil and Shelby Terry taking second and third place, respectively. For motorcycles, Steve Johnson, Dalton Crossly and Jensen took first, second and third place, respectively. The show also announced winners of two memorial awards, honoring past car show attendees. Jason Dorman won the “Spyder” memorial award and Fred Marcello won the Norton Tarr Memorial award.
An antique tractor display accompanied the car show with John Swanson and Frank Gierlinger both placing with their tractors, Gierlinger winning both second and third with his two tractors.
The dog show, with nearly 30 participants, announced 19 winners in categories varying from size criteria to “best bark.”
Winners of the log cutting contest included Roger Clark and Dennis Wilson. They competed in an under 4 cubic inch, under 5 cubic inch and an open class.
Mike Nickerson displayed WWII firearms and artifacts, sharing the importance of remembering the sacrifice of American soldiers.
“Veterans aren’t alive anymore to share their experiences,” said Nickerson, continuing to stress how important it is to remember the service of the soldiers who gave us the freedom we have today.
The Sinclairville Library hosted a display by local artist, George Clever. Clever, who has lived through eight wars in his lifetime, stressed the importance of saving oral history and the power of photographs in saving history as well. For those who missed it, Clever’s work will be available at the library through Oct. 15.
Jessie Andersen, an author and Sinclairville resident, also had her books on display at the library, advertising her new book, “The Gene Rift.”
Music was provided throughout the day by Andy Cusimano, Jamestown Harmony Express, Allygiant, the Rustic Ramblers and D.J. Felony.
The Sinclairville History Fair concluded with a street dance and fireworks display.