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Violet Festival celebrates sweet 16

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - Updated: 9:39 AM

By DAVE WARNER

For the C-S-E

DOLGEVILLE -- The 16th Annual Violet Festival kicked off its opening ceremony last Friday night in Dolgeville with the presentation of the Lyndon Lyon Award to Nadine Johnson and Dick Krick. Nick Fazio was crowned King of the event, while Laverne Dudik was selected as its Queen. 

Saturday morning saw the low clouds move in and temperatures drop, but rain stayed out of the picture as Scene III of The Great Chapters of Alfred Dolge worked its way up the parade route. The play is a living history street production featuring local actors who dress in period costumes. The play includes bankers, laundry women, peddlers, paperboys and more. The play is the brainchild of Sally Madison and has been years in the making.

The main event -- a two hour long parade -- began shortly after the play finished.  According to Julie Izzo, vice president of the Violet Festival, "it was a really great festival -- the parade was one of the best we've had." Izzo continued by saying, "second to the parade, from a mother's point of view, the First Bite Fishing contest was great. My kids were there the entire time."

The annual weekend event is named in honor of Lyndon Lyon, who developed the first Double Pink Violets in the world, from his greenhouse in Dolgeville. According to Village Mayor Bruce Lyon, "It's a wonderful thing -- it's a great event. It draws anywhere between 12 and 15,000 people to watch the parade." The police said, "it was a good year and there wasn't too much trouble any place and they were very pleased with everything."

The Dolgeville Violet Festival is a year-round effort by the residents of the community. It preserves the historical aspects of the village of Dolgeville through the use of innovative, artistic, and educational displays throughout the year.

There is an emphasis on the communities rich horticultural history. The festival draws more than 75 vendors, 80 organizations that participate in the parade and over 10,000 people to the village during the three-day event.

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