June 30, 2010
TC3 fireworks kick off July 4 celebrations
College hosting Ithaca show Thursday as Cincinnatus Field Days, other events on tap
DRYDEN — Tompkins Cortland Community College is confident that it can handle an expected 3,000 people on its campus Thursday for the Ithaca fireworks show, the first of several fireworks displays and other Independence Day events in the region this week.
TC3 President Carl Haynes offered the college as a site for the show after Ithaca College, which had hosted it for years, said construction on campus would make it impossible.
Police are asking spectators to park legally and safely on roads around campus, said the committee that manages the event.
The aerial display, produced by American Fireworks Co., begins about 9:45 p.m. Parking begins at 7:30 p.m., with parking in TC3’s campus lots. Dryden High School will also play host to spectators.
Haynes said last summer’s fireworks show that marked TC3’s 40th anniversary left him certain that the college could help the Ithaca fireworks committee. Fireworks are launched from a parking lot and a practice field next to the athletic fields.
The show has taken place since 1947. It was at Cornell University for many years before moving to Ithaca College.
Fran Benedict, the organizing committee’s chair, said volunteers will be collecting donations to help pay for future shows. The volunteers will wear special outfits and carry identification, showing their affiliation with the show.
Haynes said TC3 would be glad to discuss serving as the host again next year.
Friday marks the start of the annual Cincinnatus Field Days, a three day-event featuring several contests and a parade. It will end with a fireworks display Sunday night. The theme is “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
For almost 50 years, the Cincinnatus Fire Department has been organizing the community event, which draws more than 700 cars for the 30-minute fireworks show that ends the celebration, said Dean Catlin, a member of the Cincinnatus Fire Department and an organizer of the event.
The event will feature all-terrain vehicle drag races for the first time on Friday at 6 p.m. The event also includes snowmobile drag races, which began last year. Lawn mower races will take place on Saturday at noon on a track organizers will form in the shape of the letter “D” using cones. Tractor pulls will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.
An annual parade featuring “anything from goats to farm tractors to antique fire trucks” will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Cincinnatus Banking Center and end at the grounds, Catlin said.
“There’s always something for everyone,” Catlin said. “It’s just a good hometown feeling.”
On Friday, an annual fireworks show will take place at 10 p.m. in Dwyer Memorial Park at Little York. If it rains, the fireworks show will be July 5 at the same location and time.
The event is being sponsored by Cortland County, Alliance Bank, Marietta Corp., Cortland Regional Medical Center, and Cortland Press and Carbon Copies.
Before the fireworks, the Old Timers Band will perform at 6:30 p.m. and JazzHappens Band will perform at 8 p.m. WXHC will play patriotic music that people can listen to in their cars. There is a $3 fee for parking.
On Sunday, Homer will host the fifteenth annual public reading of the United States Declaration of Independence. It will be held in the sanctuary of Homer Congregational Church, next to the Village Green. It has been held outside on the Village Green in past years.
Virgil and Greek Peak Mountain Resort will host a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Sunday at Hope Lake Park.
Starting at 4 p.m., Greek Peak and the town will host a community dinner, to which everyone brings a dish, said Greek Peak President Al Kryger. Hope Lake Park is located on Clute Road in Virgil, next to Hope Lake Lodge & Indoor Waterpark.
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