Apalachin community tradition returns (with photos)

By Justin Andrews
By Matt Hicks

June 5, 2013 Updated Jun 6, 2013 at 10:56 AM EDT

Apalachin, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It was a sunny start to the Apalachin Fire Department's Field Days, which is enjoying a return after flood recovery postponed the event last year.

The field days started back in 1960 in a field on East Main Street.

The goal was to raise money to buy new equipment for the department, but has since become a staple of the Apalachin community.

Within the event other traditions have started, such as the participation of Traci's Hope, an organization helping those diagnosed with breast cancer.

"Every year it gets better because more and more people recognize us, more people are recognizing what we're doing in the community and we want to be a part of the community more. It's wonderful," said Gordon Shiner with Traci's Hope.

In the coming days there will be fireworks, Little Miss Apalachin contest, a hose contest and parade.

The event continues Thursday and Friday, starting 6 p.m. each night.

It will open at noon on Saturday.