Lyndonville is ready to host the Fourth

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 July 2014 at 12:00 am

Lions Club will put on 42nd annual July 4th celebration

File photos by Tom Rivers – A man sits back and enjoys the fireworks show last July 4 on the Lyndonville school campus.

The parade heads down Platten Road where it becomes Maple Avenue. Most of the action at the festival is on the school grounds.

LYNDONVILLE – Orleans County’s smallest village will be the place to be on July Fourth. Several thousand people are expected to show up for the parade at noon and stay for many other events, including the fireworks at 10 p.m.

“It’s a lot of work but we take a lot of satisfaction in it,” said event chairman Richard Pucher.

He and other members of the Lyndonville Lions Club are organizing the Fourth of July Festival, which is now in its 42nd year. Pucher said the Lions don’t do the event alone. Village of Lyndonville, the school district, Lyndonville Fire Department, the Town of Yates and M & T Bank all play big roles in the planning and running of the festival.

“It’s a whole community effort,” Pucher said.

The Lions Club has 30 members and divvy up the work with different members heading food, chicken barbecue, the parade, fireworks and other events.

Pucher expects a bigger crowd because the Fourth falls on a Friday. He knows many family and class reunions are timed for the weekend and some of those out-of-towners will likely stop by the festival.

“We know that many residents who have moved away come back for this,” Pucher said.

Some of the events include:

An arts and crafts show on the school front lawn from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hot dog stand on front lawn
Parade on Main Street at noon. Theme this year is “Honoring our American Farmers”
Bounce House for kids from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Concert by Gates Keystone Club Police Pipes & Drums at 1:30 p.m. on the front lawn
Chicken barbecue with baked beans and salt potatoes from 1 to 5 p.m. in LCS Cafeteria
Hospice Duck Race at 3 p.m. on Johnson Creek
WNY Garden Tractor Pull from 1 to 4 p.m. on Housel Avenue
Happy Ending Band from 7 p.m. until the fireworks, in the high school parking lot
Fireworks at 10 p.m. Presented by Young Explosives