Major Events, The Second Hundred Years
Queensbury Bicentennial 1962
Queensbury became 200 years old in 1962. A celebration of the signing of the Queensbury Patent took place on September 30 at the Old Quaker Burying ground at the corner of Bay and Quaker Roads. Attorney Frederick Bascom presided. During the ceremony Miss Dorothy Wing of Fort Edward, a direct descendant of Abraham Wing, formally presented to the Town of Queensbury the heavy parchment document on which the patent is inscribed. The patent had been preserved through the years in a specially built wooden case along with other Wing papers. Supervisor George Webster received the gift on behalf of the town. A bronze plaque was unveiled by Howard Mason, honorary chairman of the anniversary committee. State Historian, Dr. Albert Corey, gave the commemorative address, “Early Life in Queensbury”.
First Class Town
Upon reaching a population of 5,000, Queensbury became a first class town in New York State on January 1, 1962. The structure of the town government changed to separate the judicial arm from the administrative. The Town Board now consisted of the Supervisor and four council people. Later the ward system was put in place with four districts established in the town and representatives elected in these districts to the Town Board. With the ward system and rapid population growth, planning and zoning was enacted to establish a town with a balance of residences, business and industry and historic/cultural sites that protect the environment and quality of life.
Adirondack Balloon Festival
Started in 1973 in Glens Falls, New York. The festival was the brainchild of Walter Grishkot, a professional photographer, and his wife Joan. Thirteen balloons went up the first year. Currently some 90 balloons participate with races, ground tethers, night glows and rides. Special balloons with unique shapes now make for a colorful event. Some of them include the Space Monster, Little Pirate, and Purple People Eater. Some 25,000 people attend the festival which over the years has used Crandall Park, Adirondack Community college, the Floyd Bennett Municipal Airport, and Lake George as sites for public events.
Memorial Day Parade with Glens Falls
The Memorial Day Parade with Glens Falls is a fine example of intermunicipal cooperation between Queensbury and the city of Glens Falls. The collaborative event was reinstated in 2000. John Strough coordinated organizing the parade with Jim Clark, Jr. and several veterans. Eight years ago, Colleen Tarantino took over as the City’s coordinator with John Strough, Queensbury Councilman. Carl Fosco and Tim Benner have been the veteran mainstays on the organizing committee. Every Memorial Day, beginning at 10 a.m., the parade proceeds north on Glen Street from Maple Street to Crandall Park. A Remembrance Ceremony is then held at the Peace and Victory Monument. Annually the Parade Committee coordinates a Memorial Day educational program to promote awareness of the significance of Memorial Day. Students in both Glens Falls and Queensbury schools participate in an essay contest and a poster contest. Winners of the essay contest read their essays at the Remembrance Ceremony while the students’ winning posters are displayed at businesses throughout the communities. Local youth also march in the bands from Glens Falls Middle and High Schools and Queensbury High School. A Boys State representative reads the Gettysburg Address and the pledge to the flag is read by a Boy or Girl Scout representative. The mayor of the city and the supervisor of the town take turns hosting the Remembrance Ceremony. The parade consists of four divisions led by one or two Grand Marshalls and our local veterans. Numerous local organizations and hundreds of local folks from police, fire and EMS to Girl and Boy Scouts and Cubs and Brownies; from Little League players to antique cars and many others participate. Music is interspersed in the multi-mile long march, joining the local school marching bands are groups like the Lake George Community Band, Adirondack Pipes and Drums and others.