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Dancing the Niska-Day away

Town pride to shine at 31st Niska-Day with food, fun and a side of grout

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Debora Gorgos has organized a food drive again in honor of her mother, Nancy, who was one of the original event committee members.

— Debora Gorgos has organized a food drive again in honor of her mother, Nancy, who was one of the original event committee members. After her mother passed away she wanted to do something to honor her in the parade. People are encouraged to bring canned and non-perishable goods to be put in the passing carts. All donations will go to the Sacred Heart/St. Columba Food Pantry.

After the parade ends, the day has only just begun.

Activities start at noon at the Niska-Day fairgrounds area near Craig Elementary School at the Niskayuna Soccer Park on Zenner Road. There is a Community Information Tent for clubs and not-for-profit organizations and a Business Tent allowing customers to connect with local businesses. Also, there is an Entertainment Tent where the dance studios and other acts perform.

“The tents fill up and they get a lot of good individuals, businesses and not-for-profit organizations,” Landry said.

During the day there will be Merdwin the Mediocre, Magic Dan and card magic with Jason Ladanye throughout the crowd. The fairgrounds also hold other activities including a rock-climbing wall, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, balloon animals and the Niskayuna Police Department is holding a bike auction.

New this year, there will be an ATM if you forgot or need some more cash and wristbands will be sold for $18 to provide unlimited access to rides all day.

Girls Scouts Troop No. 2383 will also unveil a new mini-golf styled game that members have designed and built. Donations were used to purchase the materials. There are many other groups that regularly host games, too.

A grout truck will also be at the event, said McGraw, allowing people to see how the town is repairing water and sewer lines, with an opportunity planned for people to make some of their own grout.

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