An end of summer event was packed on Saturday as fairgoers in Broome County headed to Northside Park for the 46th Annual Johnson City Field Days. While the annual event has a lot to offer the community, it's also one big fundraiser. YNN's Elyse Mickalonis brings us the sights and sounds of all the fun.
JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. -- A Broome County summertime tradition is in full swing.
"It’s a good time. Lots of food, very good entertainment and of course, I can’t forget the Monday night fireworks," said Harry Lewis, Former Johnson City Mayor.
Day two of the 46th Annual Johnson City Field Days drew big crowds to Northside Park off of Harry L. Drive. The weekend-long event has plenty for people to do, including rides, food, and more.
The park got flooded out in 2006 and 2011, but organizers say they owe the revival of Field Days to the Public Works Department and the community.
"To know that a community can come back from two catastrophic floods, like we have in Johnson City," said Diane Salva, Johnson City Celebration Committee Co-Chair. "That we could come back and all the groups could come back to us is a phenomenal comment on the community and that hometown spirit that we all have."
But the event isn’t just about having a good time, it also serves as a giant fundraiser for many local groups.
“A lot of the organizations fund their whole year off this, so we really need good weather for this weekend, it’s four days. This is one-third of our fundraising, it allows us to do more for our community," said Paul Burnett, Johnson City Lyons Club President.
Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie added, "It's a not-for-profit event. All the booths, there are approximately 35 booths, they're are all not-for-profit organizations or someone affiliated with one. Some groups have multiple booths. It's is a big fundraiser for these groups, for many of them it's their only fundraiser for the year and it's been like that for 46 years."
Mayor Deemie said Johnson City Field Days is not only the perfect way to give back to the community, it’s also a great way to celebrate the end of the summer and the start of a new school year.
Johnson City Field Days will run through Monday. A fireworks show is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. on Monday.