CRG Supports Bacon Jam

Saturday, October 7, 2017 was a busy day for Gloversville! The Fulton County Historical Society and Museum on Kingsboro Avenue held a harvest festival, there was a Witches Jamboree on Main Street, and there was Bacon Jam – a bacon music festival – in Bleecker Square. CRG was pleased to assist Gloversville Downtown Development Specialist, Jennifer Jennings, with the execution of the Bacon Jam event, which she hopes will be an annual occurrence.

Nearly 3,500 people attended Bacon Jam to enjoy bacon-centric foods, a beer garden, and live music all afternoon and into the evening. Bacon Jam t-shirts were on sale at CRG’s tent, and community tents for Lexington Center / The Paul Nigra Center / Transitions and Parkhurst Baseball Field were across from us.

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A community art project took place in the tent next to CRG, initiated with local artist, Nicolina Schonfarber. Young and young at heart participated in a fill-in-the-blank story about their reimagined Gloversville. There was a place for them to draw a picture to accompany their answers. There were also coloring pages, some of pictures of Gloversville landmarks. Once completed, these will be turned into a window dressing for one of the vacant Main Street store fronts. Here’s a preview:

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A string of bands played throughout the event. There was some dancing – both with a partner and without. There was even a dance with an octopus. The music was lively and varied. One group played a song that they wrote especially for the event, appropriately entitled: Bacon Jam.

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Several vendors were on hand to sell bacon-centric foods. The bacon-on-a-stick was so much of a hit, they sold out just before dark! We even had bacon flavored ice cream (maple bacon and vanilla bacon) toward the end of the night (not pictured due to a lack of light) Check out the rest of the pics!

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Smokin’ Hogs BBQ

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Vashti’s Kitchen, Local Fire Fighters and Nurses, Slate Valley Farm and not pictured, but adjacent to this group was Lynn & Walt’s Walk-up Wagon

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Mohawk Harvest Co-op and The Gloversville Library

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The Leader Herald and Weinerland

We had four alcohol vendors on hand in a special “over 21″ area: Saranac, Nine Pin Cider, Stump City Brewery, and Wold Hollow Brewery

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Here is the booth checking IDs for that section. No kids – or dogs were allowed – and no alcohol was allowed outside of this area.

Plenty of seating was available under the pavilion, where spectators could listen to the music and munch on their bacon foods – kids and dogs included.

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Overall, the weather was great – the food was delicious – the music kept people tappin’ their toes, and attendees had smiles on their faces. Our t-shirts all but sold out to those looking for a momento of the afternoon. It was a fun first year and we are looking forward to more downtown events from Jennifer next spring!

written by Becky Hatcher, CRG Executive Assistant

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