SPRINGWATER — The one-day Springwater Gala had 200 reasons to turn into a successful weekend event as volunteers kept kids smiling, food serving and music playing despite Sunday rain.


The Kern-Robinson American Legion Post 905 in Springwater provided the support for the Bicentennial Gala, which in its 17th year celebrated the 200 years of Spingwater.


Numbers were down but the classic car show went on as well as the popular antique tractor pulls. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department inspected car seats and live music was provided by Lucky Number. All weekend there was a pancake breakfast, a chicken barbecue, kiddie carnival, games and raffles.


Saturday there were several competitions for all ages and music as well into the night.


To put on the annual gala takes many committees and over the years it’s turned into a family affair.


“While one person is the chairman for each event, it seems over the years the people who help each committee change, but more and more family members help and run an event,” said Sharon Ingraham, who chairs a committee with her husband, Ronald and she also chairs the publicity committee. “Each person who has a tractor pull or a car show is responsible for getting help and the help changes from year-to-year, but mostly it’s family, that’s the case with many of us like Don Walker with the tractor pull.”


In addition to the Ingraham family and Walker with the tractor pull, the Springwater American Legion put on a breakfast, Larry Gnau and Steve Cowley chair the chicken barbecue, Don Haywood is in charge of the vendors and Judy Brehm’s committee does the kiddie area. Many other volunteers help as well.


“It was wet, it was cold but in spite of the weather we were there!” said Sharon Ingraham. “But it was a great weekend and we have a lot of help from the Legion.”


In 2017, the gala will be a one-day event again. Meanwhile, the Springwater Bicentennial continues with events each month.


There are so many events that two have been added that are not on the first printed version of the calendar events


On Oct. 22 will be the turkey dinner. Last year it was at the Springwater United Methodist Church, but the church is moving it to the fire hall to accommodate the number of people.


Also on Oct. 22 is the Christmas tree farm tour at All Western Evergreen Nursery and Christmas Tree Farm on County Road 38.


On December 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a Christmas Bazaar will take place at the fire hall.


This event is growing thanks to the fire department who put on a show last year. When the bazaar ended, the fire department had a parade with fire trucks, floats and a special appearance by Santa Claus. That is expected to grow in popularity as well.


The new electronic sign in front of the town hall will update current events and more information can be found online at townofspringwaterny.org.