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By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

This year’s Friendship Festival will be held on Saturday, Aug. 26. Pictured is an image from last year’s event. File photo

RAVENA — The days of summer are dwindling and that means one thing in Ravena — the Friendship Festival is almost here!

This year’s festival will be held Aug. 26 at Mosher Park, beginning at 1 p.m. and going all day until nightfall, when the day will be concluded with a massive fireworks display.

The park will be filled with vendors selling their wares, free games and activities for the kids, food, live music and more.

Admission to the festival is free.

Here is the schedule of events throughout the day on Saturday, Aug. 26:

  • 1-3 p.m.: Foam Party
  • 1-7 p.m.: Bounce house and obstacle courses
  • 1-6 p.m.: Rock wall
  • 1-7 p.m.: Face painting
  • 1-5 p.m.: Tie-dye station (limited supplies)
  • 1-7 p.m.: Innovation Station
  • 1-5 p.m.: Science Chef (Discovery Booth 1-5 p.m., show starts at 4 p.m.)
  • 3 p.m.: Watermelon eating contest
  • 4-4:45 p.m.: Science Chef Show

There will also be live music performed throughout the day by three bands. The teenage rock band Currently Nameless will perform from 3:30-4 p.m.; the Musicats Quartet will perform from 5-6 p.m.; and Dusk ‘til Dawn will perform from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

If you would love to show off your watermelon eating skills, the contest will begin promptly at 3 p.m. for four age groups to win gift cards. Kids ages 5-8 years old will compete for a $10 prize; 9–12-year-olds will vie for a $20 prize; 13-16-year-olds will compete for a $30 prize; and the adult category, ages 16 and up, will contend for a $40 prize. Prize amounts will be awarded in the form of Stewart’s Shops gift cards. There is still time to enter the competition, visit the Facebook page for Village of Ravena Celebrations & Community Building to register.

Kids’ games will be hosted under a carnival game tent sponsored by Rail to River Brewing, with games like bean bag toss, plinko, ring toss and tin can slam. Don and Cheryl Gillen made the carnival games.

And in a Friendship Festival tradition, there will be dunk tank sponsored by the RCS Community Business Association, with all proceeds from the tank donated to RCS Youth Football and Cheer. The names of the “dunkees” were not yet available at press time, but stop by the booth on festival day to find out.

One thing that will be different this year is how the face painting station will be conducted. Last year there were long lines and wait times for kids to get their faces painted, so this year there will be a new system in place. To get a face painting session, stop by the face painting pavilion on the hill, near Whitbeck Street, to pick up a free ticket, which will have the time of your session. Tickets will be available until all slots are filled. There is no cost, but tickets will be needed to schedule your time slot. Face painting will be done by Stellar-NY and Face Painting by Crystal.

This year’s Friendship Festival is sponsored by Barton & Loguidice, Crawford & Associates Engineering, CTI, South Town Optical, Mueller’s Auto, Capitaland Filter & Supply, Selkirk Transmission, Coeymans Landing Marine Services, John T. Biscone, Burns & Sons, and C.A. Albright & Sons.

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