Our volunteer firemen are having an increasingly difficult time with their Labor Day Field Days Fundraiser.
It was flattering that the Skinnyman Race event chose the Field Days weekend to also converge on Skaneateles. We think it is because of the success of the Field Days and its quaint parade through the village of Skaneateles. Why not join the party? But it also seems the two day race event may take away from the crowds that formerly attended the Field Days. Plus, the two events coinciding make it difficult or nearly impossible for the firemen and emergency responders to help with the necessary policing of traffic during the Skinnyman Races, as they are hosting their own two day party between work, family time and volunteer responding.
Traditionally, Labor Day weekend was one that our own out-of-towners reserved to come back home to Skaneateles for a visit to catch the last rays of summer, spend time with family before the start of the school year and also catch up with old friends at the Firemen's Field Days. But more and more colleges and universities are starting before Labor Day, as well as elementary and secondary school districts, even the Skaneateles School District moved up its first day of school to the Tuesday after Labor Day.
Consider that there is the Great New York State Fair, as well as the many other summer events and back to school preparations people try to squeeze in before this unofficial end of summer.
We are hoping the firemen don't give up!
The Firemen's Field Days are so well executed and really harkens back to a sweet time in our town's history. The classic cars, the tractor pull and all the firefighter competitions are something to behold.
Instead of calling it quits, why not move the Field Days to an earlier weekend in August or even, dare we say, the Fourth of July, which tends to be pretty quiet in Skaneateles after the July 3rd Flares Around the Lake fizzle out.
Maybe the parade could stay over the Labor Day weekend, so our firefighters wouldn't have quite as much to squeeze into one event. Parading in full dress uniform isn't exactly the most relaxing affair - especially when one is volunteering their time up at the Field Days!