Off the Rails
GLOVERSVILLE – The 10th annual Railfest transformed the Trail Station Park in the city into a family-friendly destination Saturday.
The day-long event, which began at 10 a.m., featured a variety of activities for kids and adults all day. With sunny skies and a cooling breeze, the park was filled with a mix of young and old out to enjoy the summer weekend. City police closed down part of Fulton Street between Frontage Road and West Street Extension to give families free reign of the area.
Children played in the mists of the Gloversville Fire Department’s truck hose to cool off outside the Gloversville Transit building. Several carnival rides, including a mini train and spinning cups, also proved to be draws for the younger set. Carnival games gave kids a chance to beat summer boredom.
Adults lounged on chairs and in the pavilion, listening to live and recorded music throughout the day.
Crafters and vendor booths were set up to sell everything from pet accessories to jewelry and purses. Several informational booths from local organizations, including the New York State Nurses Association, were set up for people to browse. The Gloversville Cat Sanctuary drew crowds to check out the sleepy kittens and cats.
Organizing committee member and city First Ward Councilwoman Robin Wentworth said more than 1,000 people had already made their way through the event by 1 p.m.
This year’s turnout was bigger than previous years, in part due to the weather, she said.
“This year has seen a great turnout,” Wentworth said.
Wentworth said the band Flame was a big draw for people.
Wentworth and other organizers were distributing raffle tickets out of the boxcar at the park. The raffle was set to give out several items, including a gas grill and golf clubs. Wentworth said all the items were from local vendors.
“It’s all about the local community,” Wentworth said.
City resident Koreen Bugarin said she has gone to every Railfest since it began 10 years ago.
Bugarin said one of her favorite parts of the event is people-watching at the event. She said she enjoyed seeing people having a good time in the city.
“It can be hard here, and it’s nice that they get together and do this for everybody,” Bugarin said.
Linda Bumpus was at the festival to play in the music group Dreamcatcher.
She said that after playing for the crowd, she was looking forward joining her family in walking around the event and seeing what was going on.
The night was scheduled to end with a fireworks show.
Proceeds from the event went to the Glove Performing Arts Center, according to an event flier.