By Melody Vallieu
July 3, 2014
For the Troy Daily News
TROY — The Hayner Days Festival will take place on Aug. 9 at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center 301 W. Main St..
The festival is the centerpiece of a year-long celebration of the centennial of Troy’s famous landmark, the Hayner mansion.
“Everything seems to be falling into place for Hayner’s once-in-a-hundred-years event,” Troy-Hayner Cultural Center Director Linda Lee Jolly said.
The festival includes a variety of daytime activities from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Followed by an evening concert with the Tom Daugherty Orchestra and a light show grand finale. Admission is free and open to the public as are most of the activities. Fees apply to food and some vendors.
“It’s a day planned to combine old-fashioned fun with the energy that is today’s modern cultural center,” Jolly said.
Daytime activities include a carousel and kiddie midway, an antique car show, historic bicycle exhibit, live stage entertainment on two stages, The Victorian Magic Lantern Theatre, a cake walk, food vendors, art activities and artist tents, living history house tours and more.
Registration is now open for three competitions designed to be part of the celebration. All entry forms, contest and festival details are available on Hayner’s website www.troyhayner.org. A children’s drawing contest, “You Be The Architect,” encourages children ages 4-12 to design a dream home and enter to win free homemade ice cream coupons at the festival. Deadline for entries is Aug. 1. All of the entries will be displayed at the Hayner Days Festival.
A cake decorating contest is open to decorators in four age groups; children to age 14, amateur adults (14 and up) and master decorators (individual, professional or trained decorators) and group entries (bakeries, restaurants, businesses or trained instructors). One grand prize of $100 will be awarded for the Best of Show. First, second and third place ribbons will be awarded in all categories relating to themes “Victorian Floral,” “Holiday Cakes,” and “Hayner’s Centennial.”
Decorators are being asked to donate their creations for the benefit of the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. They will be used as the prizes at the fundraising cakewalk that will follow the judging. The form and the $5 entry fee are due by Aug. 1. The cakes should be delivered to the Hayner-Cultural Center between 9-11:30 a.m. Aug. 9 for the judging at 11:30 a.m.
Lively rounds of human checkers will take place on West Main Street throughout the day. The competition is open to any pre-registered group of 13 people (12 checkers and a coach). Businesses, non-profits, church groups, friends or neighbors are invited to step up to the challenge. All participants will receive a Hayner centennial souvenir and the winning team will receive a trophy. The deadline for teams to register is July 31.
The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is a volunteer organization and another way to participate is to volunteer at the Hayner Days Festival.
“A volunteer steering committee has designed this wonderful day, but we think we will need about 130 people working in two shifts to make it run smoothly,” Jolly said.
Volunteers are needed to help with children’s arts and crafts, historic games and midway games, and as vendors, cashiers, and elevator operators. Set-up crews and parking attendants are also needed.
People willing to help should call or leave a message at the center at 339-0457 and the volunteer coordinator will return the call.