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Stanford to celebrate 65th annual Community Day

STANFORD —  “Stanfordville will be the place to be on Saturday, Sept. 16,” said Ryan Orton, Stanford Grange secretary and chair of Stanford’s 65th annual Community Day. 

This is a special year because the “Community Day celebration coincides with our town’s 230th birthday,” said Town Supervisor Wendy Burton. To celebrate these milestones, there will be a new event, the Stanford Birthday Dessert Contest. All entries must be from scratch without the use of mixes. Entries can be “a cake, pie, brownie, ice cream sundae, cookie—anything is possible!” said Orton. At least one candle should adorn the dessert.

“We have many new exhibitors joining the festivities,” said Burton, “with displays and activities running the gamut. 13 Hands Equine Rescue will have a mini-horse and petting zoo, the Animal Farm Foundation will have pets for adoption. 

“The most solemn component of the day is the 9/11 Memorial which our remarkable volunteer fire company has once again organized on Town Hall Hill,” Burton added.

The day begins at 9 a.m. and all events will be outside at Stanford Grange Hall and the town’s surrounding recreational property. 

There will be booths from town organizations, including a mum and bulb sale by the Stanford Garden Club. The Stanford Business Association will hold its seventh Car Meet. Not Donut Records will play music, and the new Dutchess County Mobile Health Clinic will be open throughout the day. 

Children will enjoy a performance by Jackie the Magician at 10 a.m. There will be a bounce house, face painting, games and prizes, and a display of peace posters made by the children of Stanford.

At noon, there will be a presentation of the Good Citizen Award to a Stanford resident and the winners of the birthday baking contest will be named at the grandstand.

Attendees will have access to a variety of food options. A takeout chicken barbecue boxed meal will be available for $17; contact Orton at 845-868-7869 to place orders. The Grange snack bar will have hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and more. The United Church of Christ will give out apples and the Bulls Head-Oswego Quakers plan to give away oatmeal cookies. The Lions Club will sell popcorn. 

The day will wind down with music by the Red Barn Band and free ice cream at the recreation pavilion from 6 to 9 p.m. 

For more information and baking contest rules, go to facebook.com/stanford.grange and flyers will also be available at local businesses.

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