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This weekend’s Jamboree: midway, rides, auction, fireworks and rock ‘n roll

Roscoe the clown entertains children at the 2011 Smoke Eaters’ Jamboree. The 2012 edition of this carnival-style event — the 50th annual Jamboree — is to be held the evenings of Friday July 27 and Saturday July 28 in Warrensburg

Roscoe the clown entertains children at the 2011 Smoke Eaters’ Jamboree. The 2012 edition of this carnival-style event — the 50th annual Jamboree — is to be held the evenings of Friday July 27 and Saturday July 28 in Warrensburg Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— For two generations, the Smoke Eaters’ Jamboree has been annually anticipated with enthusiasm by both children and adults in the North Country.

The Jamboree, a combination of a carnival and old-time country fair, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend. The primary fundraiser for the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co., the fest features carnival rides, a midway, an auction, top-name entertainment, a barbecue, fireworks and games of chance.

The event will be held this year Friday July 27 and Saturday July 28 at the Warrensburg Recreation Field on Library Ave.

The renowned rock ‘n roll band “The AudioStars” are booked again this year for Saturday beginning at 7 p.m., and they’re expected to draw a substantial crowd.

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Local youngster William Henderson reacts with glee as he watches the action at the 2011 Smoke Eaters’ Jamboree. The 2012 edition of this carnival-style event, set for this weekend, features a midway, a live rock band, games of chance, an auction, amusement rides, and a pie-eating contest.

The gates open at 6 p.m. Friday. While youth enjoy the midway and various games, adults can cast bids beginning at 6:30 p.m. in an auction of new and used goods and services donated by area businesses and residents. For decades, Jim Galusha of Thurman has served as auctioneer.

The Jamboree’s continued success is because it offers such a wide variety of activities for people of all ages, fire company President Kevin Geraghty said this week.

The adults annually enjoy the fun of placing bets on the roulette-style money wheels, attempting to multiply their handfuls of cash, or they test their skill and luck at the blackjack tables. Children traditionally amuse themselves with carnival rides and a midway. There’s an entrance donation of $5 per person on Saturday and $3 on Friday.

Saturday, gates open at 5 p.m. as the Warrensburg firefighters grill up their famous chicken barbecue. Appearing for the children — before the AudioStars start their show — will be Freckles the Clown and magician Merdwin the Mediocre. Saturday’s events include fireworks at dusk. Entertainment for youth this second night includes clowns Roscoe and Rowdy.

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