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Olde Sanborn Days features arts, music, food and a chainsaw sculptor

SANBORN – Old-fashioned charm and a screaming chainsaw, as well as a fair food and music, are all part of the 24th annual Olde Sanborn Days.

The free event, sponsored by the Rotary of Niagara County Central, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday on the grounds of the Sanborn Volunteer Fire Hall, 5811 Buffalo Street/Route 429.

More than 65 booths of artists and crafters are featured both inside and outside the fire hall.

The Lewiston Council on the Arts will present master chainsaw sculptor Aya Blaine. Blaine, who hails from Japan, is a member of the Chainsaw Chix, an international team of female performance carvers. She has won critical acclaim for her work, which starts with a three-foot-tall log and ends with a sculpture brought to life.

Patrick Sullivan, the event coordinator for the Rotary Club, said he started it 24 years ago to revive the tradition of the old fireman field days.

“Those started to fall to the wayside and there was a need for the community to get together,” he said. “We felt this was a very nice family affair – it’s totally family, no alcohol. Also, because the Sanborn area is a very ‘antique-y’ area with a lot of antique stores, we found that to be a draw. We did the arts and craft show as a reason to come out to the Sanborn area.”

Sullivan said the Town of Lewiston has fixed up the park at the fire hall, repairing the playground and adding new lights.

He said all of this is part of the growth happening in Sanborn.

Approximately 4,000 to 5,000 people are expected to attend, Sullivan said.

Entertainment will be provided throughout the weekend and will be hosted by musician Dale Campbell of Lewiston’s Toast and Jam. Campbell also will perform both days.

Here is Saturday’s schedule:

• Beginning at 11 a.m., chowder sale sponsored by the Sanborn Volunteer Fire Company.

• 11:30 a.m., a Japanese drum group will perform;

• 12:30 p.m., the local K-9 unit will offer a demonstration;

• 1:30 p.m., (both Saturday and Sunday) AWARE, a wildlife rehabilitation group, will make a presentation;

• 2 p.m. ,a concert by the Lockport Community Band;

• 3 p.m., an American flag retirement ceremony.

• The Niagara County Sheriff Department helicopter is expected to be on hand in the afternoon.

On Sunday:

• 2 p.m., the Sanborn Fire Company Band will perform.

• All day, will be a custom/antique car cruise. The show is open to all who would like to bring their cars to display and is sponsored by Ki-Po Motors.

• WBEN Radio’s Hank Nevins will host his show throughout the day on Sunday

Both days will offer food, drinks and a petting zoo for children. Also UNYTS will hold a blood drive and there will be a basket auction, which concludes on Sunday.

Sullivan said the money raised helps the Rotary provide $1,000 scholarships to high school students at Niagara Wheatfield, Starpoint and Wilson, as well as students at Niagara County Community College.

The club also supports community projects such as the YWCA Domestic Violence Program; the annual senior citizen breakfast, which serves 100 area seniors each year at Niagara Wheatfield school; and the dictionary project, which provides 900 dictionaries to third-graders in Niagara Wheatfield, Wilson, Starpoint and area parochial schools .

The Rotary Club of Niagara County Central also provides high school and college leadership training program, Sullivan said.

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