by Tiffany Hyman
Bring your appetites and fun side to this year's Town of Porter "Summerfest" on Sunday, July 3, from 2 to 11 p.m.
Taking place at Porter on the Lake on the shores of Lake Ontario, the festival will feature lots of food, drinks, entertainment from award-winning bands and fireworks. This is the first year the event has been moved to the Fourth of July weekend, instead of the usual Labor Day fest.
"It's a great time for people to come to the lake and see people they only see once or twice a year," said Town of Porter Councilman Jeff Baker, who with his wife, Gloria, co-chairs the event with Porter Councilman Larry White and his wife, Linda.
"It's a community effort that brings many people to the area," said Linda White. She said the event brings in many Youngstown, Ransomville, Lewiston and other local area residents.
The popular and locally well-known bands that will perform are Rip and Bandogs, 90 West and JJ Swing Band.
The children's activities will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Children are invited to play in the bounce house, ride on the ponies and participate in the craft show.
"There is a lot for children to do," said Baker.
Children are also welcome to pet the animals at the animal sanctuary to be on site. It will feature many exotic and farm animals, such as sheep, goats, a llama, a pig that its owner, Sandi, claims has "very serious attitude issues," a horse, a chicken, a donkey and the famous turkey, Thomas Thaddeus Butterball. Sandi said the 10-year-old turkey ran for the mayor of Niagara Falls, but sadly lost because he did not have enough votes.
Vendors will be on site providing a variety of food. Guests can enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue chicken and roast beef. Wine vendors will also be present at the festival. The Youngstown and Ransomville volunteer fire companies will be operating a beer tent.
And a number of exhibits will be on site. The displays will be represented by the area fishing interests, U.S. Coast Guard Niagara and more.
There will be a flag raising ceremony with wartime re-enactors from Old Fort Niagara.
After dusk, the families can relax on the park meadow and enjoy the beautiful display of fireworks. They will be shot off the beach, creating a picturesque display for all to see.
"People enjoy the park, like the bands, the vendors, the displays and, of course, the fireworks," said Linda White.
Organizers are hopeful for a good turnout. They point out proceeds from the family event will be benefiting Porter on the Lake.
It's just like old home week where you get to see your friends and family you haven't seen in awhile," said an enthused Linda White.
Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under.