By JAIME STUDD
Recorder News Staff
BROADALBIN--Good wings and classic cars will take center stage this weekend at the 6th Annual Broadalbin Community Block Party. The event will take place on Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. and this year, for the first time, the grounds of Broadalbin-Perth High School will serve as party central.
Hosted by the Broadalbin Youth Commission and the town and village of Broadalbin, with support from the Fulton County YMCA, the annual gathering is rapidly evolving into a community tradition, growing in both size and stature with each passing year. So much so, that the event simply outgrew its former home on school street.
This year's party coincides with homecoming weekend at B-P, which also factored into the decision to relocate the event, said organizer Keith Buchanan.
According to Buchanan, this year's event will feature at least 13 or 14 vendors, not including those serving food.
Participant's in the wing contest include Al's Roadhouse, Pizza Supreme, the Broadalbin Hotel, Kristel's Lodge, Russo's and Vandeline's.
The event is scheduled to take place rain or shine, but Buchanan is confident that the weather will not only cooperate, it will play a starring role.
"It's not going to rain," said Buchanan. "We have the best weekend coming up than we've had in a very long time."
In addition to the classic car show and chicken wing contest, the block party will feature craft booths, food vendors, a DJ, a hay ride, a raffle, a bouncy bounce, an obstacle course, a jousting ring, a Velcro wall and several free games.
In conjunction with the block party, the B-P Lions Club will host a Chicken BBQ just around the corner in The Learning Community area of the parking lot. Members will be plating up delicious chicken dinners featuring 1/2 a chicken, a baked potato, cole slaw and home made cookies. Tickets will be $9 per plate and the dinner will run from 3:30 until everything is sold out.
The block party itself is free and open to the public, but Buchanan said there will be small charges to participate in some of the attractions. All of the money raised will go to offset the costs associated with holding the event.
Because this year's party is being held outside the village, organizers have arranged for a shuttle service to transport residents to the school grounds. Every hour, on the hour, a bus will pick up residents at the village parking lot and drop them off at the high school. The service will begin at 5 p.m. and continue through the end of the event.
Buchanan said volunteers are still need to help run several stations at the party itself. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Buchanan at 598-9266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.