St. Johnsville to throw September Fest starting Thursday

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St. Johnsville will be kicking off its inaugural September Fest this Thursday.

The main attraction of the three-day fair, which is sponsored by the American Legion, will be its food, with booths selling clam chowder, sausage sandwiches, fried dough, fries and more for cheap prices.

“I’m hoping that they feel like the food prices are very affordable for a family compared to most other fairs,” said Chris Arduini, one of the organizers of the festival. “You really get your money’s worth.”

Attendees will also have the chance to enjoy a number of fair rides, live music and a fireworks display on Saturday.

“We’re in good shape,” said Carmen Licari, the festival’s committee chair. “All the way around it’s going to be good for the community.”

Although it is the festival’s first year on paper, organizers consider the event to be a continuation of the town’s Firemen’s Fair, which was held annually until the pandemic.

“The fair was a big thing,” said Arduini. “I’m looking forward to all the young smiles just like I remembered when I was here when I was a kid.”

Overall, the goal of the event is to bring the community together for three days of fun and food. The collected funds will go to future September Fests and community projects.

“All the money is going to go back to the community,” Arduini said. “It’s just all to give back.”

The St. Johnsville September Fest will be held from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday at Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Park. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 by visiting St. Johnsville American Legion, NBT Bank, Bridge Street Diner, Dolgeville Big M or by calling 518-775-7619. Tickets can be purchased for $25 once the festival begins.

By Kristina Handy

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