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"We had the first festival in 2005 for the 50-year anniversary," von Mechow said. "We're having it again this year because of the historic sign that will go up near the site of the train wreck."

The proceedings will begin at 10 a.m. with New York City musician Will Galison singing his original composition telling the story of the great wreck. Galison's father is an alumnus of Colgate and remembers the event.

John Taibi, local train historian and author will lead a tour of the historic site at 11a.m.

At 11:30 a.m., the Hamilton Historic Commission and the village of Hamilton will dedicate the historical sign near the fire house parking lot. The sign was created by David Grace of Earthworks Design Studio and made possible by the Partnership for Community Development and Parry's. The Hamilton Historic Commission and the Chenango Canal Association will share regional historic information at their tents.

You can dress as your favorite candy bar and march in the "Parade of Sweets," a candy costume parade at 1p.m.

At 1:30 p.m., as part of a closing ceremony, pi atas created to resemble the N.Y. O. & W. diesel train made by students from four local schools (Hamilton Central, Madison Central, New Life Christian, and Sherburne Earlville Elementary) will zoom down a zip-line crashing through "the Leland Coal Shed" to reenact the historic event.

"From there the pi atas, filled with thousands of Hershey's candy bars, will be brought to the four-ring chocolate circus, where children of all ages will be able enjoy the spilled treats," von Mechow said. "A special thanks to Grand Union in Hamilton and Hershey's for providing the candy."

All during the festival, local artist Deb Whitman will be displaying her sculpting talents as she creates a relief of the diesel in a large solid block of chocolate.

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