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Casey Croucher/Recorder staff Barbara Schuck, left, paints Keira Kwak's arm as Marilyn Sawyer watches during the festivities Saturday in Hagaman.

Casey Croucher/Recorder staff The band Anything Goes performs.

Casey Croucher/Recorder staff Sandra Loveless, left, and Sandra DiMarco, right, sell homemade jewelry.

Casey Croucher/Recorder staff Sharon Bellamy, left, and Donna Howland, right, talk with Paul Tonko, center.

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A day of fun for the people of Hagaman

Monday, July 21, 2014 - Updated: 10:15 AM

By CASEY CROUCHER

casey.croucher@recordernews.com

HAGAMAN -- "Music is my passion, that's why I really wanted to start this festival up originally," firefighter Robert Hassenfuss said Saturday during the sixth annual Hagaman Volunteer Fire Department Music Festival.

"I had the idea years ago to start having a music fest here in the village," he said. "It took about two years for the department to go for the idea."

This year's version of the festival featured local bands and performers including Laurie Travis, Anything Goes, Hairband Riot, Nuthin Fancy and headliner Max Violet.

Along with music, guests sampled a variety of homemade chili, hot dogs, hamburgers and fried dough.

There were vendors selling homemade kettle corn, slushies, cotton candy, jewelry and raffle tickets for a variety of items including a kayak.

There was a bounce house for children and a beer tent for adults.

"There's a little something for everyone here," Hassenfuss said.

The money raised during Saturday's event goes toward the fire department. Residents appeared happy to help out.

"I try to come to this event every year," jewelry vendor Sandra DiMarco said. "This festival brings people together. There's good music, a great environment and it's for a great cause. It just feels nice supporting a great organization."

Cranesvile volunteer firefighter Marilyn Sawyer said she always hopes she's on duty every year for the festival since Cranesville's fire department helps Hagaman's.

"My favorite part of this festival is being able to mingle with all the folks," Sawyer said. "I just love to see the people and talk to them."

U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, said he always comes to Hagaman's music fest and he loves seeing the community come together.

"Seeing everyone here, having a great time, helping to raise money for fire services, it's just impressive and heart-warming," Tonko said. "What the fire department does is a priceless gift for the community and I think the community respects what they do and celebrate with them during this festival."

Before Saturday's festival, the fire department sponsored a motorcycle benefit ride to raise money for the first Leatherstocking Honor Flight in September.

Motorcyclists rode up Midline Road to Route 30 and went around the lake taking a break in Speculator then came back to Hagaman for the music, where they received a meal that came included with their benefit ride ticket.

David Davis, state director of American Legion Riders and director of Broadalbin's American Legion Post 337, said approximately 35 riders signed up for the cruise, raising more than $600 for September's honor flight.

"It was an excellent day," Davis said. "It wasn't too hot, there wasn't any rain and it was just all-around enjoyable. Now we get to have a meal and listen to some music."

Hassenfuss said his goal when creating the music festival was to bring the village together.

"This festival brings the old and the young together," he said. "This is just a great way to see everyone out and about. Even though this is a small community, this is the only time we see some people out and I really have a great time."

Casey Croucher/Recorder staff Amy Stearns holds her son Caiden Stearns.

     

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