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Dolgeville Violet Festival highlights community while preserving history

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The town of Dolgeville spent the day preserving its history by holding its Annual Violet Festival, Saturday.
 
The Violet Festival is held every year, drawing in more than 75 vendors, a parade with 80 organizations and over 10,000 people to the village for the three-day event.
 
The event gets its namesake because a man named Lyndon Lyon actually developed the first double pink violets, in the world, from his greenhouse in Dolgeville. 
 
The event had music, crafters, food and even weekend garage sales.
 
"I think it's about community," said Bruce Foster. "It's bringing the community together in a wholesome way, and I see it here all the while.
 
They are greeting each other, they haven't seen each other in a very long time."
 

The festival continues Sunday where there will be a 5k race to close out the weekend activities. 

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