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It’s all things Native at Niagara County’s longest-running field days

Smoke dance and hand drum competition? The Tuscarora Nation invites you to bring a lawn chair and join in the 171st annual Picnic and Field Days on July 8 and 9.

Admission and parking are free and the picnic grove is just north of the Tuscarora Indian School, near the corner of Mount Hope and Walmore Roads, Lewiston.

Festivities begin at 5 p.m. July 8, with an opening ceremony, and live music, food, and sports competitions continue to dusk. The popular Tuscarora Princess contest is at 7 p.m.

Things get underway early on July 9, with a breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Donations are accepted. At 9 a.m., there’s a 10k race and 2.5-mile fun run, followed by Native storytelling.

At 1 p.m., warm-ups begin for the Smoke Dance competition, with finals at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., Corn-Bred, of Syracuse, takes the stage, followed by a hand-drum contest at 7 p.m.

More than 40 vendors are expected, featuring all things Native. This is Niagara County’s longest-running field days.

- Teresa Sharp