Holiday parade and tree lighting in Mayfield on Saturday

Santa and Mrs. Claus and Mayfield Mayor Jamie Ward display the town Christmas tree they just lighted during a ceremony in 2016. The tree lighting will return on Saturday along with the village’s first Christmas Parade. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

MAYFIELD — The village will be starting a new Christmas tradition this year with its first-ever Mayfield Christmas Parade on Saturday.

The parade will begin at 6 p.m. at the Mayfield High School.

“The idea came about because neighboring communities have a Christmas parade every year and we’ve never had one, so I thought it would be a good start to a new tradition here in Mayfield,” said parade co-organizer Stacia Conyne, owner of Sacandaga Flowers Weddings and Events.

Also co-organizing the parade is Ryan Lorey of Fulton County Area News, which is also sponsoring the parade alongside and Sacandaga Flowers Weddings and Events.

The grand marshal for the parade is former village Department of Works crewman Bart Landers. Landers is being recognized for his 30 years of service to the residents of the village. He retired as a DPW crewman in July.

Escorting the parade will be the New York state police followed by special performers with the Romano Acro Dance Academy.

“[The parade] would enhance community involvement and bring the community together,” Conyne said.

After the parade, the village’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting, hosted at the Mayfield Fire Department, will be held. Mayor Jamie Ward with assistance from Miss Fulton County Princess Bella Romano will be lighting the tree.

Conyne said this year a 14-foot tree was donated by Yager Landscaping.

Also during the tree lighting, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be available for pictures. The pair will also be handing out cookies, hot chocolate and gifts to each child.

Parade participants are being asked to bring at least one new unwrapped toy to be handed to uniformed members of the Ambulance Service of Fulton County after the parade. They will be stationed at the Mayfield Fire Department.

If anyone can’t bring a new unwrapped gift at the parade, there is a box at the flower shop, 2424 Route 30, along with 50 other boxes at local businesses. All donations are will be in support of the 2018 Salvation Army of Fulton County Christmas Toy Drive.

Parade participants are also asked to line up at MHS lower and upper parking lots at 5 p.m. with the parade starting at 6 p.m.

Conyne said so far there are 40 entries for the parade and they are still accepting more. She said for this being Mayfield’s first Christmas parade, there are a lot of entries.

“I’m pretty excited about it,” Conyne said.

For more information, or to whomever would like to participate in the parade can contact Sacandaga Flowers Weddings and Events at 518-661-5888 or at 518-844-5892.