Downtown Patterson festival is Saturday

The city of Patterson’s third annual Main Street Festival and Historic Walking Tour will take place Saturday in and around downtown Morey Park.

Proceeds from the event will go toward the project to renovate the park.

Though the recent rainy weather has caused the park to not be in an ideal condition, as of Wednesday, city officials still planned to hold activities in the park as scheduled.

“We are definitely fighting the weather to get the park 100 percent dry, but we do plan on hosting everything out there like we have in the past,” said Ryan Aucoin, the city’s community affairs and development director.

Activities will take place in Morey Park and also on Main Street itself as officials will block traffic on Main Street from Church to Catherine streets.

Activities will kick off at 8 a.m. with the Mt. Pisgah 5k Run/Walk followed by Prayer in the Park at 9:45 a.m. The walking tour and Capt. Caviar boat tour cost $10 each per person and will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Each boat tour will last about 30 minutes. Only a limited amount of tickets will be sold for the boat tour.

Visitors can purchase walking tour and boat tour tickets Saturday at the entrance to the festival on Main Street. The walking tour comprises 11 different sites, including homes, the old and new water plants, scout hut and new Patterson Junior High School.

A Kids Korner and silent auction will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Also, a bungee jump station for kids will take place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Organizers will hold a Cochon de Lait Cook-Off from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. with judging to start at 3 p.m.

The festival will also have live music with Gone Pecans taking the stage first from noon-4 p.m. followed by Deja Vu from 4-7 p.m. Kyle Daigle will conclude the music lineup from 7-9 p.m.

Officials are about 90 percent finished with the first phase of renovations to Morey Park, which added playground equipment, a kayak launch, part of a walking trail and small pavilion, Aucoin said. Other phases of the project will entail finishing the walking trail, completing the park’s entrance and constructing a large pavilion with restrooms.

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