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Eammon Moneypenny-Hall gets dunked by Brooke Brown Saturday during the Dryden Lake Festival.

Soaking up good times at Annual Dryden Lake Festival

By TODD R. McADAM
Associate Editor

DRYDEN — The sun-baked the shores of Dryden Lake on Saturday and the heat slowed wandering thoughts to a gentle meander through the town.

It didn’t matter. The Dryden Lake Festival wasn’t about shouting barkers, stomach-turning rides or deep-fried bacon grease.

It was about bounce houses...

Silas Coburn made a bee line for the bounce house, stripped off his sandals and climbed inside before his grandmother, Janice Vojtecky of Freeville, could say “Whoa, slow down.”

“We’ll make the rounds,” Vojtecky said as 3-year-old Silas bounced for an astounding 17 seconds before sprinting to the kiddie pool filled with soap bubbles. He left his sandals behind. “Maybe he’ll take a nap for me later.”

It was about fishing...

Eddie Porter stared over the water of Dryden Lake with the practiced eye of an angler whose thoughts are far away even while waiting for a nibble. He had a new lure he wanted to try.

“They’re more life-like all the time,” he said. “I want to say there’s good fishing here, but it’s hard to do when you don’t have a canoe.”

A hundred yards away, his fiancee, Rhonda Kowalski, just shook her head. “He’s crazy.”


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