Fireworks cap eclipse celebration at Fairgrounds on Saturday with more events today

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 April 2024 at 8:11 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

KNOWLESVILLE – Fireworks in April? When there is a total eclipse coming to the Orleans County, the first in this area since 1925, it’s worth some hoopla.

The Orleans County Fairgrounds hosted a fireworks show on Saturday night. It capped a day of activities at the Fairgrounds, including the Chamber of Commerce’s Home Garden & Outdoor Show, which is back today.

The fireworks typically cap off Friday night in late July at the Orleans County 4-H Fair. Young Explosives set them off on Saturday night – April 6, two days before the eclipse. There are tractors at the Fairgrounds for the Home Garden & Outdoor Show.

There were several kids’ activities on Saturday related to the eclipse, a S’More Party presented by Orleans Koinonia Kitchen, and cowboy sing-along hour led by Jim Navarra.

On Sunday, there will be kids’ activities during the day, a campfire sing-a-long and S’Mores from 7 to 9 p.m., and then a glow stick party with a DJ at 8:30 p.m.

Jim Navarra taught some cowboy roping skills to kids on Saturday.

On Monday, there will be daytime kids’ activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including samples of astronaut food. Food vendors will be there from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The partial eclipse starts at 2:04 p.m. and goes until 4:30 p.m. with totality from 3:18 to 3:22.

Jim Navarra is on the stage showing some of his roping skills. He also led people in a cowboy sing-along.

Robert Batt, the executive director of the Cornell Cooperative Extension, gives roping a try.

The Fairgrounds has campers in tents or an RV staying in anticipation of the eclipse on Monday.