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The Telegram
  • Field Days underway at Weller Park in Mohawk

  • The Mohawk Fire Department/Alexander Hose Company #1 Annual Field Days are in full swing in Weller Park.

    Late Friday afternoon saw the crowds already starting to trickle in to enjoy the evening’s food, fun and festivities.

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  • The Mohawk Fire Department/Alexander Hose Company #1 Annual Field Days are in full swing in Weller Park.
    Late Friday afternoon saw the crowds already starting to trickle in to enjoy the evening’s food, fun and festivities.
    “We couldn’t have asked for better weather,” said Ron Crewell, Food Chairman for the event, “Last night we probably had the best Thursday crowd ever!” With the delicious scent of cooking food and the evening’s line up of rides and activities it was easy to see why.
    The Alexander Hose Company #1 has provided the food service for the Field Days for nearly 40 years, and the volunteers from the hose company and the Ladies Auxiliary have the drill down pat. Under the direction of Ron Crewell, June McPherson, Roger Neff and Brenda Edick, the crew worked efficiently and with easy camaraderie as people queued up to sample their tasty offerings.
    One of the most popular items on the menu for several years running has been Robert Hyde’s special recipe Manhattan Clam Chowder. “People love this stuff!” said Crewell, “It’s a good thing that he makes a lot of it, because it sure sells fast.” Along with the clam chowder, the food tent offers hot dogs, burgers, sausage with peppers and onions, French fries and fried dough. Mouth-watering strawberry shortcake is available to satisfy anybody’s sweet tooth.
    “We look forward to the Field Days each year,” said Crewell, “It helps the community spirit, bringing people together here in the park. It’s a chance for everybody to come out and have some fun.”
    Saturday’s festivities begin at 9 a.m., with registration for the annual Bike Rodeo. By far the most popular event of the Field Days, the Bike Rodeo gives kids the chance to come out and test their skills and pick up some very important safety tips along the way. The Bike Rodeo has been at the Field Days for two years, but has been going on in the area for about 15 years, most recently at the Herkimer Elks Club.
    Fire Chief Bernie Sommers, Co-chairman of the field days and coordinator of the rodeo, is expecting a good turnout for Saturday morning’s event.
    “Last year we had 45 kids, and it went really well,” said Sommers, “Our ideal goal is to get 100 kids involved. That would be fantastic!” There is open registration beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, with the rodeo getting under way around 10. The event is open to any children in the area through the age of 14.  This year, through donations by local businesses and individuals16 new bikes will be given away. Bikers compete in 4 different age groups: 5 and under, 6 - 8 years, 9 - 11 years and 12 - 14 years. The girl and boy in each division with the fastest time in the obstacle course will receive a new bicycle. The other eight bikes will be raffled off.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We want each kid out there to have a shot at winning a bike,” said Chief Sommers. Organizers will also have bike helmets and good quality used bikes for kids who may want to participate but do not have a bicycle of their own. “We will be doing safety inspections on both bicycles and helmets,” said Sommers, “Any helmet that is defective will be replaced for the kids free of charge.”
    The Mohawk American Legion provides hot dogs and soda for the kids who participate in the rodeo, and Stewart’s makes sure there is plenty of free ice cream for them to enjoy.
    “It is going to be a great time,” said Sommers, “And we want all the kids in the area to know that they are more than welcome to join us.”
     

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