Fort Plain’s 4th on 3rd includes local officials riding mechanical bull

Volunteers are expecting as many as 6,000 people will converge on the village of Fort Plain on Sunda

Volunteers are expecting as many as 6,000 people will converge on the village of Fort Plain on Sunday for the annual 4th on the 3rd Celebration.

Supported by donations, the event includes live music, food, a variety of entertainment and the chance to see county officials tossed off a mechanical bull.

Fourth on the 3rd Celebration

WHAT: Live music, bounce house, spray paint artist, classic car cruise-in, fishing derby, Little League All Star Exhibition Game, rock-wall climbing, horse-drawn hay rides, volleyball tournament, barbecue, horseshoe tournament, fireworks and bonfire.

WHEN: Sunday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Wiles Park, Fort Plain.


The event is one of eight functions running through October supported by Montgomery County’s Local Tourism Grant program — a $10,000 fund aimed at helping attract visitors.

The 4th on the 3rd Celebration has grown from a $2,000 event to an all-day festival that’s costing $18,000 this year. Money was contributed by local businesses and residents intent on offering a fun day.

“It’s one of the major events that occurs here in western Montgomery County,” said Jim Katovich, chairman of the Fort Plain Community Activity Council.

Katovich said a sure attraction this year will be the mechanical bull, and local officials’ attempts at riding it. The mayors of Fort Plain and Nelliston and Minden Supervisor Thomas Quackenbush were all invited to try and stay on the bull.

Several businesses pitched in to support the events and attractions.

The Fort Plain Community Activity Council was awarded $1,500 by the county’s economic development committee, which recommended grants between $600 and $2,500 to support the year’s events.

One of the priorities required to fulfill the grant program is proving the money supports a draw of tourists — so Katovich has a committee assembled with a survey to ask guests where they came from and if they stopped by elsewhere to spend money in the local area.

Other events winning county grant funding include:

– Canal Days at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, July 9-10.

– Riverlink Summer Series 2011 concerts each Saturday July 9 through Aug. 27.

– Schoharie River Center Schoharie River Day & Bronze Back Roundup Fishing Derby, July 9.

– Amsterdam Mohawks Road to Ground Zero Game, July 24.

– Sundae on the Farm, Stowdale Farm, Sept. 19.

– Arkell Museum 2011 Concert Series, Oct. 1, Oct. 22 and Nov. 12

– Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce’s Restaurant Week, October 2011.

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