ELLINGTON - The Town of Ellington will be celebrating its 101st annual picnic, beginning Friday.
"This is one of the things that draws people into town from the surrounding area," said Laura Cronk, Ellington town supervisor. "We have some come from as far as the other side of the country. We have a family that plans their reunion around our town picnic, and they have family members that come from Utah. It's a place where friends come to renew acquaintances and make new friends - it's a reunion of town residents, past town residents and hopefully future town residents."
The picnic is set to begin on Friday at 5 p.m. and will continue until Sunday.
The events will begin with the 2013 Ms. Ellington Queen contest, followed by a dance featuring the Coyote Band.
On Saturday, the picnic will resume at 9 a.m. with a baby contest held in the fire hall.
"Any baby under the age of 18 months is eligible to participate in the baby show," said Cronk. "Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the contest ends at 11 a.m."
A wood-cutting contest will take place following the baby show, and different events, such as chainsaws and two-man crosscut contests will be available for guests to sign up for.
At noon, a chicken barbecue will be held by the fire department. The Backwoods Bluegrass Band will be playing in the park during the barbecue, and guests are welcomed to watch the band while they eat.
A cake and cupcake contest will be held along with bingo, cornhole and horseshoes will be held following the barbecue, with bingo still taking place at the fire hall.
At 3:30 p.m., Maurice Brown and friends will be performing, and a bicycle, tricycle and stroller contest will take place following, at 4:30.
For the evening meal on Saturday, a smorgasbord will be held at the fire hall, which is sponsored by the Ellington United Methodist Women.
At 5 p.m., the annual parade will take place, which begins at the baseball field near the town hall on West Main Street. After going down Main Street, the parade ends at the intersection at Main Street.
On Saturday evening, another dance will be held in the park, with music provided by Paul Zittle and Pure Country, with fireworks beginning at 10 p.m.
On Sunday, a non-denominational church service will be held in the park at 10 a.m., moving to the Ellington Community Church in case of rain.
Finally, at 1 p.m., the second annual Southern Tier mini-tractor pull will take place at the baseball field on West Main Street.
In addition to scheduled events, there will also be rides and amusements for children, as well as food vendors which will be selling treats and meals throughout the weekend.
"It's just a good old-fashioned country get together," said Cronk. "Come and meet your friends, have a hot dog and a glass of lemonade."
There are no fees to attend the picnic, or to enter in any of the competitions. Prices for food vendors and chicken barbecues will be posted at the picnic.