by Tiffany Hyman
Bring your adventurous side to the 18th annual Ransomville Community Faire. The all-day faire will be held on Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of the William J. McLaughlin Library (Ransomville Library), located at 3733 Ransomville Road.
The free faire offers many exciting activities and fun for all ages. This year's events include an antique tractor show and a classic car cruise. Locals bring their tractors to the show to demonstrate to the curious how to properly use them. Some of the tractors are true antiques-restored and others are still currently used on the farm.
"It's great for people to see how tractors can be restored and still used today," said Chairwoman Christa Zimmerman.
The classic car cruise offers guests the opportunity to see the history of automobiles. Now in its third year, residents bring their classics to the faire to show how time and technology have drastically changed. Classics range anywhere from the 1900s to the 1970s.
"We get more and more cars every year," said Zimmerman.
In addition to the events, there will also be a wide arrange of activities for all. The family-based, community faire also includes fun for children. Coco the Clown and the Magic of Mr. J. will perform magic tricks and provide entertainment. Children can also enjoy the afternoon by participating in games, such as the beanbag toss and lollipop drop.
The Hot Country Liners will be showing off their best dance moves. The non-profit organization dance team performs a 30-minute, high-energy line dance demonstration. The donations collected are given to local charities.
The dancing continues throughout the afternoon. Guests are welcome to participate in the dance hop, a '50s-style dance, where judges will be looking for the most unique costume. Prizes will be given for the best costume.
"We are really looking forward to the dance hop," said Co-chairwoman Mildred Hillman, who has been on the committee since it was first created in 1993.
Hillman said the faire has vastly grown throughout the years.
"When it first started, it was a small faire and we really only had pulled pork," she said. "Now, we have a lot of food, live entertainment, a garage sale and a plant sale."
She also runs the Chinese auction in the historical building.
The faire is featuring a new event this year. The NIOGA Library System's BTOP Express offers the opportunity to learn the basics of computers. The training class aims to increase access to the Internet in areas such as email setup, filling out job applications and obtaining Social Security information.
"This program works well to help the older citizens in the community," said Zimmerman.
The fun does not stop there. A garden club sale, a performance from 21 Band, Grandpaw's Pet Costume Contest and a basket raffle will occur throughout the day.
The Ransomville Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3733 Ransomville Road, behind the Ransomville Library. For more information, contact Kendra Fellows of the Ransomville Garden Club at 425-2930.
Zimmerman expressed her excitement regarding the eventful faire.
"It is all about giving back to the community," she said.
For more information, visitwww.niagarariverregion.com.
For more information on NIOGA Library System, visit www.btopexpress.org.