Some behind the scene changes as July 6-8 event comes together
ARKPORT — The 31st annual Arkport Summerfest marks a “New Beginning” for the popular village celebration, a top organizer told the Hornellsville Town Board last week.
“We’re busy planning another long weekend right after the Fourth of July,” Bill Robinson, Summerfest Committee chairman, said June 12.
Robinson said the “New Beginning” theme is appropriate for this year’s event (July 6-8) seeing that Arkport and Canaseraga have merged athletic programs. Arkport residents now “bleed” the teal and blue of the Wolves, the mascot that replaced the Blue Jays in Arkport and the Indians in Canaseraga.
“(We’re trying) to tie in the mascot change at the Arkport school, and seeing as it is Alumni Weekend and everybody’s coming into town, we’re trying to get some of the classes — even though they are diehard blue and white — to incorporate the teal and black into some of their floats,” Robinson explained to the town board.
Also new this year, according to Robinson: “Summerfest has insurance.”
Apparently, there was confusion about whether the event was insured in the past, with the Summerfest Committee believing it was covered under a town insurance policy, Robinson said. There is clarity now, with the festival through a policy the committee purchased. The premium is $570, Robinson told Hornellsville officials.
Summerfest is expected to continue further moves toward independence in the coming months. “In the future, Summerfest will probably be applying for their own tax ID,” Robinson said.
Robison asked if Hornellsville will provide financial support for this summer’s festival, as has been the custom. Hornellsville officials said the $2018 town budget includes a contribution. Supervisor Dan Broughton said the town budgeted $600 for Summerfest.
Meanwhile, familiar favorites will be back this year, including Saturday’s parade, the 5K race and vendors in the park.
“Sunday is the same-old, same-old. Car show in the park, the fire company with the barbecue, vendors. We’re just praying for good weather,” Robinson said.