By JESSICA ARSENAULT RIVENBURG
ILION – “Great news! We will have Ilion Days! Garage sale, fireworks, craft fair, Family Fun Day, dog show, car show, Chicken BBQ – It. Is. On,” reads the Ilion Days Facebook page.
The committee officially announced Ilion Days would take place this year, July 17, 23, 24 and 25, with a few modifications, said Ilion Days Committee Chair Bettyjean Postiglione. There will be no Doo Dah Parade this year, the 5K road race and Taylor Memorial Run are still up in the air, the ice cream social and Ilion Civic Band concert have been postponed to autumn and the fireworks will not be accompanied by a block party, Postiglione said. Community members will be encouraged to view the fireworks from their cars. All other events will require masks and social distancing.
“With the COVID pandemic, the support of the community has been important to get us through,” Postiglione said. “We hope this abbreviated Ilion Days will provide joy and smiles to Ilion and the Mohawk Valley.”
This year’s theme is “Ilion Strong,” decided quickly and unanimously at the committee’s last meeting, Postiglione said.
Thus far, the 2021 schedule includes the village-wide garage sale and Princess Pageant on July 17, the fireworks on July 23, the craft fair, Family Fun Day and Boy Scout Chicken Barbecue on July 24, and the car show and ducky race on July 25. At this point, the dog show will be a virtual event again, as it was last year. Postiglione said there is a possibility other events will be added. A final schedule will be announced at a later date.
The decision to go ahead with Ilion Days came after Ilion Mayor Brian Lamica received an update from state officials on what would be allowed.
“With things beginning to open up a little bit, I advised the committee to move forward with their plans,” he said. “However, keeping in mind the restrictions that are currently in place. I’m hoping that things will continue to move forward and restrictions will be eased even further. I don’t see the parade (happening) at this point, however there are many things that we may be able to do and continue the summer tradition.”
Ilion Days is not a village function, but is run by a committee of volunteers and supported completely by donations from people and businesses, Postiglione noted.
To stay updated on all the latest Ilion Days events and information, visit the events Facebook page at www.facebook.com/iliondays and their website at www.iliondoodah.com.