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Memorial Day weekend fun

Event organizer Chris Major’s goal of relocating his annual fundraiser and 5K run to downtown has enjoyed huge success. In fact, the Catch Me if You Can 5K run/walk & the Stefanak Sprint for children will continue happening downtown this year as well. The 5K race will start at 8:30AM at City Hall, head north on Route 34, turn left onto Dill Street, then head west on Genesee Street up to Fort Street to Westlake Avenue, then onto William Street, head south on South Street to Richardson Avenue, then take turns on Mary Street, Logan Street and Steel Street, then onto Grove Street to the finish line. The Stefanak Sprint will start at 9:45AM also at City Hall, take a short loop, and return to where event activities begin right after the races. New this year, to make this an affordable family event, registration fees have been waived for everyone 18 and under. Participants still need register, but there is no charge for youth.

On Genesee Street, between Route 34 and State Street is where the main event will once again be held. A variety of food options will be offered by the mobile catering business Villano’s & also by the local Italian heritage club Ciao. New this year to the food truck line-up is Potatoes & Molasses and Wolf’s Patio Pizza. Prison City Pub & Brewery will provide attendees 21+ with craft & domestic canned beer and wine. Food & beverage vending begins at 10AM, and purchases can be made in cash, direct sales, with no ticketing system. As always, Majorpalooza organizers focus on safety first, and they will provide cab fare home for anyone that has imbibed excessively. Emergency services will be on site as well.

Live music acts on the showmobile stage include Perform4Purpose 11AM – 1PM; Cait & Austin acoustic duo 1 – 3PM; Wicked Awesome, members of Syracuse rock band Scars N’ Stripes, 3 – 6PM; and Skaneateles party band Mere Mortals 6 – 9PM. There will also be a BluePrint II Auburn Idol competition at APT, with winning performers showcased between acts on the showmobile stage.

For children’s activities, Nate the Great will perform 10 – 11AM; plus Auburn Doubledays activities 11AM – 3PM; and magic, balloon animals & face painting 11AM – 2PM. There will also be local art, craft & non-profit vendors showcasing & selling their products and services all day long.

Chris Major said, “Event proceeds will support the mission of Majorpalooza, Inc., which is to raise awareness & foster support for children in the CNY area who are underprivileged, disabled and/or have been afflicted by a life threatening or terminal medical condition. The corporation also provides assistance to youth programs in our community.”

BID’s Assistant Director Jesse Kline shared, “Chris Major & the Majorpalooza volunteer team are organized, hard-working and fun. We are so grateful that they continue to make downtown a prime destination for festivals & special events, while offering both adult and family-friendly activities for the whole community to enjoy for free.” For more information, please contact Chris Major at majorpalooza@hotmail.com, or call the BID office at 315.252-7874.

Memorial Day: Monday, May 28, 11AM – 2PM
Parade – Veteran’s Service – Duck Derby – Food Truck Rodeo

Memorial Day fun starts at 11AM with the City’s annual parade that begins on East Genesee Street and continues westwards down Genesee Street to its end point, at Veteran’s Memorial Park. After the parade, there is a wreath laying ceremony that will take place at approximately noon, and an Auburn Civic Band performance. Over 500 marchers participate in the parade annually, as well as floats, classic cars & fire trucks. For more information about the parade, contact Kim Bauso email kbauso@auburnny.gov or 315.255-4737.

Afterward, head to Market Street Park for the 30th annual Auburn Kiwanis Duck Derby. Line up along the fence line and see thousands of little yellow ducks released on Owasco River, and for $5 buy your chance to win the many prizes awarded. The finish line is at the North Street Bridge next to Auburn Police Department; and awards are announced immediately afterward. The grand prize winner takes home $3000, and nine other ducks will be awarded more cash, local entertainment tickets & season passes.

Duck Derby tickets can be purchased at the Downtown Auburn BID office, 128 Genesee Street, and other nearby businesses. After expenses & prizes are paid, all of the net profit supports a variety of programs in Cayuga County, with an emphasis on benefitting area youth, people with disabilities, and the elderly. For more information visit http://kiwanisclubofauburnny.org/ or emailkiwanis.auburn.ny@gmail.com or contact Lisa Carr at 315.252-2571.

During the Derby until 3PM, enjoy DJ music with Jane Stebbins of Good Time Charlie’s Mobile Entertainment. She will be playing tunes under the band shell in Market Street Park. From 11AM – 2PM, the Downtown Auburn BID & the City organized a Food Truck Rodeo to be offered on Loop Road. Multiple vendors will be on hand offering a wide variety of dishes & sides. Mobile vendors include Phat Kat Tacos, Wolf’s Patio Pizza, Silo Food Truck and Tonzi’s Catering Co. While you have lunch, watch a special drum performance by members of DownBeat Percussion, the official drumline for the Buffalo Bills. There’s lots of free fun going on in downtown Auburn, so come enjoy!

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