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The Telegram
  • Events celebrate the ‘Magic of Ilion’

  • For some village residents, it’s a magical time.

    The 27th Annual Ilion Days kicked off on Saturday, with this year’s theme being “The Magic of Ilion.”

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  • For some village residents, it’s a magical time.
    The 27th Annual Ilion Days kicked off on Saturday, with this year’s theme being “The Magic of Ilion.”
    “There’s a lot of magic happening in the village that probably goes unseen,” said Joe White, co-chair of the Doo-Dah Parade, during a telephone interview on Wednesday, on why organizers decided on this year’s theme.
    Events started on Saturday, with village-wide garage sales and an American Red Cross blood drive. Other events over the week have included an Eastern Star breakfast at the Masonic Temple, a child safety program, a princess pageant and a puppet show of “Aladdin.”
    On Wednesday, Annamarie Lyman, 7, decorated a paper shovel with a rainbow and tiny hearts with the words “Anna’s shovel” written inside it at the Ilion Free Public Library. The “decorate your own paper shovel” event was part of the library’s “Dig Into Reading!” summer program, which coincided with Ilion Days events.
    Children were given crayons or markers to make their own design on a shovel-shaped paper cutout, and a wooden stick to make their own “paper shovel” as a way to “dig” into reading. Thomasine Jennings, library director, said the event was staffed with the help of employees from the county Youth Bureau.
    “It’s a lot of fun for [the kids] and it’s free,” said Christina Lyman, of Ilion, Annamarie’s mother, about the library’s summer reading activity. The library also had a story time on Tuesday that coincided with the Ilion Days schedule.
    On Thursday, the Ilion Civic Band will perform at the gazebo at 7:30 p.m., along with an ice cream social. On Friday, there will be the annual Troop No. 9 chicken barbecue, a movie presentation at the library, a block party at Central Plaza and youth entertainment at Annunciation Parish for grades 5 through 8.
    Friday is also when organizers hold the annual Doo-Dah Parade.
    “I think most people look forward to the parade and the fireworks,” said White, who co-chairs the parade with Kim Maley.
    The Doo-Dah Parade will step off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, and will head north down Otsego Street, before turning onto West Street. The route then turns right onto West Main Street, before ending on East Clark Street. It is expected to last about an hour and a half.
    Sherry Dehart, of Ilion, also brought her three children to make their own paper shovel at the library. When asked what other Ilion Days events she was looking forward to, she said, “The parade, of course.”“We’ve been going ever since the kids were babies,” she said.
    White also said there’s another reason for people to come out to the parade this year.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Because of the flooding that’s been going on in the valley, I think the parade will be a morale booster,” he said.
    The fireworks display is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Whalen Park with Timeless Tunes. Before the fireworks show, there will be vendors and a deejay performing. Organizers will also announce the winners of the Adirondack chair raffle, the 50/50 raffle and Enchanted Forest drawings.
    Also on Saturday, there will be a craft fair and a dog show at Central Plaza. The Troop No. 9 chicken barbecue will start at noon at the GPO parking lot. The final day of events will be on Sunday, with a Rubber Ducky Race at Annunciation Parish and a car show at London Towers.
    White also said the Ilion Days events aren’t just for Ilion residents.
    “We invite all residents of the Mohawk Valley to come and take part in the events this weekend,” he said.
    For more information about Ilion Days, go to www.iliondoodah.com.

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