New Bloomfield set to celebrate veterans, community Sept. 16

Children ride in the bike parade at New Bloomfield’s annual Celebrate America event in 2011. This year’s celebration, to be held Sept. 16, will include a storybook character parade for children.

Children ride in the bike parade at New Bloomfield’s annual Celebrate America event in 2011. This year’s celebration, to be held Sept. 16, will include a storybook character parade for children.

A tribute to veterans, small children parading in costumes, live music and food sales to benefit local civic groups; New Bloomfield’s annual Celebrate America has everything one would expect from a community event.

Scheduled for 3-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 16, Nancy West with the New Bloomfield Area Civic Association said that the primary focus of this year’s celebration, as usual, is “getting New Bloomfield together and honoring the veterans” and will feature the group’s Gallery of Flags.

All area veterans are invited to attend, and will be asked to stand and be recognized as the fight song for their branch of the armed services is played.

Although citizens who have served their country are the honored guests, event coordinator Jane Ann Hurtt said the civic association hosts the celebration each year for the benefit of the whole community.

We’ll have food, music, raffles, games, two bands and children’s games,” Hurtt said.

Entertainment will be provided by Posse and Hambo, and early in the afternoon there will be a storybook character parade for area children, who will be judged on their costumes.

Hurtt said the raffles will include gift bags and special items donated by area individuals and businesses. Tickets for the special raffle items — which include jewelry, painted porcelain, a cutting board with knives and a fish cutting board — will be available for purchase at Bank Star One and other local businesses.

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