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Virtual History Days planned

Due to the COVID-19 virus this year, Fredonia History Days is being conducted in a much different format than usual. It has adopted a more “virtual” and “socially distanced” festival, with a streamlined look for 2020.

Events include:

FRIDAY, JULY 10

¯ 6 p.m. Classic Car Parade — This is instead of the usual Car/Bike show in Barker Common. The parade will begin at the D&F Plaza and proceed down Central Avenue to Temple Street, then turn left on Temple Street to the corner of Temple and Main streets, where the parade will disperse.The Fredonia Police will lead the parade through the village from the plaza. People will be invited to watch the classic car parade along the route and observe social distancing guidelines.

¯ 7 p.m. Music from the Grange – Live Music concert with “V-Syx” Band from Buffalo. The popular “rockabilly” band will perform in the Fredonia Grange which will be closed to the public. Their performance will be broadcast live on Fredonia Cable Access Television Spectrum Channel 1301 for residents, as well as a Facebook Live event on the Festivals Fredonia Facebook Page. This will give people the opportunity to enjoy the music by the band at home or anywhere they have internet access. The band was scheduled to perform for the car show already, so they were kind enough to agree to do this event.

The music event will help promote the festival for the future, as people from all over will be able to watch live on Facebook from anywhere!

SATURDAY, JULY 11

¯ 2 and 7 p.m. — Virtual Tour of Historic Fredonia with Pomfret Town Historian Todd Langworthy. This will be a video program that is being created to promote the history of Fredonia, aboard Fredonia’s own historic Trolley. The program was filmed by SUNY Fredonia’s Mark Mackey, which features a 360-degree camera on the trolley during Todd’s tour. The program will be aired on Fredonia Cable Access Television twice on Saturday. The program will then be made available to the village afterwards to use on their website to help promote the village for the future! Special thanks also to Village Trustee Roger Britz for driving the trolley.

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