by Tiffany Hyman
On Saturday, July 10, and Sunday, July 11, Olde Sanborn Days will return for its annual family fun and entertainment from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Sanborn Fire Co. on Route 429. The event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Niagara County and will include food, beverages, a petting zoo, pony rides, and a bounce house for children.
Olde Sanborn Days has featured "A master of the chainsaw" for many years. This year, Adirondacks native Chainsaw Chix, Sara Winter, is an all-star chainsaw wood carver. She will sell her works of art all day on Saturday and Sunday as she uses a chainsaw as her brush and pieces of wood as her canvas. Lewiston Council on the Arts is the co-sponsor.
Along with Winter, there will be more than 60 artists and crafters inside and outside open to view. They will sell homemade jewelry, garden stuff, and homemade crafts. Photo artists will also be available.
Highlights for Saturday also include the chowder sale, which will be served at 11 a.m. until it is gone. The Boy Scouts of American U.S. Flag retirement will be held at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The U.S. Postal Service will feature the official "Olde Sanborn Dyas Station" on both days. Cancellation stamp is designated for each day of the 20th anniversary. It is based off a commemoration to Bandstand, but instead features an "Olde Sanborn Days" logo. A full service post office will be offered.
Sunday is a packed day for Olde Sanborn Days. Events include Upstate New York Transplant Services from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Donating blood will help to stop the shortage locally and nationwide. To make an appointment, call 512-7940 and walk-ins are welcomed.
UNYTS is new to Sanborn days. Community affairs usually never offer blood drives. Regarding the blood drive, Olde Sanborn Days Coordinator Pat Sullivan said, "I think it's important because it raises awareness amongst the community."
A custom and vintage auto show starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Music by Hank Nevins will play during the show. Oldies music will also be played.
The big event of the day is the large Chinese auction. It is a basket auction that consists of more than 100 gifts. People can buy 25 tickets for only $5. Grand prizes will be raffled.
Members of the Interact Club at Niagara-Wheatfield High School will assist with children's games, face paintings, etc. Their overall goal is to help younger people understand what community service is about. Rotary Club President Bob Graczyk said, "The students show what volunteering is all about. It's so important to impact a younger generation."
Sullivan adds, "The events are free and open to all. It's a good chance for families and the community to join together. It is really something to do and is different than the other field days. We hope to see a good turnout."
The event prohibits drug and alcohol use.For more information, contact Sullivan at 684-5600 or call 693-1946.