Railfest on track to bring entertainment to Gloversville

GLOVERSVILLE – The ninth annual Railfest at Trail Station Park is set to kick off Saturday and will feature a variety of local musicians, vendors and businesses assembling to provide an afternoon of entertainment.

Railfest Committee Chairman Yokie Bertos said this year’s Railfest will feature a wide variety of food vendors and several local musicians – playing everything from rock, country and even folk – to meet everyone’s preference in sound and taste.

This year’s local entertainment includes Kids in Motion, the cast of “Footloose” from CLT, Bentwood Rockers, Slingshot, Borderline, Beth Zaje, Perfect Landing and Above the Flood.

Along with the live acts playing throughout the day, Bertos said, there also will be a variety of carnival games including a dunk booth operated by the city Recreation Commission.

The night will conclude with a fireworks display that is expected to start at dusk or about 8:30 p.m.

Railfest is an annual summer event that provides family-friendly entertainment and provides support to some of the projects in the local community.

“The vision of Railfest is to encourage community involvement and to promote community spirit by providing opportunities for families to spend a relaxing and entertaining day together while raising funds for a deserving community organization,” according to the official Railfest website.

Each year, the Railfest Committee selects one or more local organizations to benefit from the fundraising efforts associated with Railfest.

Previous recipients have included the Little Huskies, the Girl Scouts Troop 2725 and the Gloversville Boys & Girls Club.

Bertos said previous Railfests have earned as much as $7,000 for the donation recipients, and this year they are expecting anywhere between 1,500 and 2,000 people.

This year, Bertos said, the Railfest Committee selected the Fulton County Regional Animal Shelter and the Boys & Girls Club as the 2013 donation recipients.

The shelter will receive proceeds generated by fundraising and sponsorship from the 2013 Railfest, which takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Regional Animal Shelter currently operates the shelter located across from Trail Station Park on West Fulton Street. The shelter is raising funds for a larger facility to be built on Maple Avenue in Johnstown, which will provide accommodation for a larger variety and volume of animals.

Bertos said Railfest is free to attend and no alcohol will be sold during the event.

He said parking will be available in the parking lots behind Main Street.

“We have a pretty exciting lineup of bands this year and hopefully it will be a nice summer day to come out with some friends to enjoy a great family event,” Bertos said.

Levi Pascher can be reached by email at [email protected].

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