Hundreds enjoy River Town Festival in Hersey

HERSEY — The village of Hersey was buzzing with activity during its annual River Town Festival that took place from Aug. 7 through Aug. 10.

The festival hosted a variety of events for both adults and children, including craft shows, city-wide yard sales, a beer tent, kids games, live music, a chicken barbecue and more.

"This has been the best festival we've ever had," said Ernie Clark of The Hersey Group, which organizes the annual event. "It's been busy early and we couldn't ask for a better weekend. We're growing substantially each year."

The volunteers and village supporters make the festival possible and able to go off without a hitch, he added.

Hersey resident Jenna Thompson was enjoying the festival while watching her 7-year-old daughter, Kylynn, ride ponies. She enjoys the event's yard sales and likes to take advantage of the time to walk the streets of the village and spend time with family.

"We like going to the parade," Thompson said. "My daughter saw that Larry Lupo had his ponies out, so she had to ride the ponies."

Throughout the village, friends could be seen shaking hands and giving hugs.

Hersey Village President John Calabrese was one of many saying hello to his neighbors and fellow residents while perusing the streets before the parade began on Saturday.

"I love seeing the people in town," he said. "I love the activity."

There is a vibrancy throughout Hersey during the River Town Festival, and Calabrese added he is pleased to see the local businesses, churches and homeowners participate in the fun.

Other highlights of the weekend included the Hersey's Got Talent competition, won by Michele Franklin, Dynamite the Clown as the parade's grand marshal, and a pancake eating contest that crowned an adult winner, Brian Wayne, and youth winner, Bridget Sharp.

"We do the festival for families, to give them the opportunity to do things together," Clark said. "That's what we're all about."