Colliers festival returns Saturday

COLLIERS – Area residents can enjoy a variety of food and games, a classic car show and live entertainment while supporting a local fire department Saturday when the Colliers Volunteer Fire Department and its auxiliary hold their annual festival.

Phyllis Aria, auxiliary president, said the group’s kitchen, in the house by the fire station, will serve up a variety of hot food beginning at noon and continuing through the day.

Aria said patrons of the group’s Friday fish frys will be familiar with the menu, which has expanded in recent years and includes fish sandwiches, sloppy joes, sloppy dogs, french fries and many appetizers.

At noon a Snap-On Tool truck will arrive with a variety of tools for sale and the classic car show will begin on the grounds by the fire station’s picnic shelter.

Tim Cain, the car show’s organizer, said registration for car owners will be at 11 a.m. He said there’s no registration fee, though participants are welcome to make a donation of their choice.

Thirty plaques will be awarded to winners in various categories, and dash plaques will go to all participants.

There also will be door prizes and a 50-50 drawing during the show, and disc jockey John Fox, a member of the fire department, will be playing a variety of music. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Andrew Reed will take over as disc jockey. The Magic Man Jim Tate will perform his brand of sleight of hand at 7 p.m., followed by the band Cross Creek from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

There will be a cornhole contest at 4 p.m. and a watermelon eating contest at 5 p.m., with registration for both at 3 p.m. The winner of the cornhole contest will receive half of the proceeds, and cash prizes will be awarded to watermelon contest winners in three age groups: 11 and under, ages 12-17 and 18 and up.

The popular Float Your Boat Race will return at 4:30 p.m. Festival-goers can sponsor one of 100 toy boats placed in the creek for $5 each and will have a chance at winning half of the proceeds.

Another festival tradition is a parade along Harmon Creek Road, from the community’s west end to the fire station. Children are invited to decorate their bicycles and join area emergency departments, a local dance school and others in the procession, which will begin at 6 p.m.

Children should line up at Colliers Primary School, while other units should gather at the former Colliers Steel plant.

Following the parade, there also will be a dunk tank, with local officials volunteering to take the plunge.

Aria said as with the auxiliary’s fish frys, the festival is not only a major fundraiser for the fire department but also a pleasant time for people of all ages to get together.

“Everybody comes and talks to each other, and it does my heart good,” she said.