As Sea­mon Park on Sun­day, Mum’s the word

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Ariél Zangla azangla@free­manon­line.com ArielAtFree­man on Twit­ter

The 51st an­nual Mum Fes­ti­val will take over Sea­mon Park in the vil­lage on Sun­day.

The fes­ti­val runs from noon to 5 p.m. and will fea­ture the Mum Queen and her court from Sauger­ties High School pre­sent­ing flow­ers cour­tesy of the Sauger­ties So­ci­ety of Lit­tle Gar­dens.

There also will be chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, face paint­ing, wagon rides, re­fresh­ments and mu­sic per­formed by The Com­mu­nity Band, the River­bank Banjo Band and the Paul Luke Band.

Wildlife shows and other en­ter­tain­ment also will be part of the free fes­ti­val.

Chil­dren from Noah’s Ark Nurs­ery School will open the fes­ti­val with the Pledge of Al­le­giance, along with the Roy­als singing

group from the Sauger­ties Boys and Girls Club.

“The park looks beau­ti­ful,”

Vil­lage Board mem­ber Jean­nine Mayer said Thurs­day. She said the fes­ti­val will mark the 107th an­niver­sary of the park prop­erty be­ing given to the vil­lage.

John Sea­mon and his brother, Ge­orge, do­nated

the prop­erty to the vil­lage in Au­gust 1909 for use as a park, Mayer said. The park is on U.S. Route 9W at the north­east cor­ner of the vil­lage. The vil­lage co­or­di­nates the fes­ti­val with the high school, which holds an

an­nual Mum Bowl dance and foot­ball game.

This year’s Mum Queen is Han­nah Spol­jaric; her court is Bhavreet Dhandi and Madi­son Perri.

In the event of rain, the fes­ti­val will be held Oct. 16.

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