‘Standing Strong’ event to aid flood victims

The Mohawk Valley Collective and other organizations will present “Standing Strong: A River Through Time,” a community festival to raise money for Otsquago Creek flood victims.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday with events in both Canajoharie and Fort Plain. Highlights of the day will include:

– At 11 a.m., a ribbon-cutting at the new MVC Tourism Information Center, 89 Church St., Canajoharie. The ceremony will be preceded by live music by members of Stone Soup.

– A farmers market in downtown Canajoharie with clown entertainment from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

– Antiques and craft fair at the Arkell Museum parking lot in Canajoharie, and other vendors at Haslett Park in Fort Plain, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

– Raffles with prizes worth $1,500, with the drawings at Haslett Park.

– A geocaching scavenger hunt at area historical sites, with $250 in prizes, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

– Chicken barbecues and ice cream socials at the Arkell Museum parking lot and Haslett Park, starting around noon.

– Tours with several themes, including “Underground Railroad,”?starting at 11 a.m. at the NBT?bank in Canajoharie; “Canal Architecture,”?starting at 3 p.m. at Diefendorf Hall, 47 Main St., Fort Plain; and West Hill School and Unity Hall tours from 1 to 4 p.m.

– Performances by local groups including Emeralds of July, Spike &?the Boys, Rumpus, Midnight Drive and the Dependents, throughout the day in both villages.

For more information, call 275-3606 or see www.facebook.com/StandingStrongRTT.