Famous lumberjack festival wraps up

By Conor Mooney

July 22, 2013 Updated Jul 22, 2013 at 10:20 AM EDT

Deposit, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The weekend's heat and rain couldn't keep hundreds from attending one of the biggest events of the year in the Deposit area.

The lumberjack festival drew people from all over the state to Fireman's Field and has become what some call a staple for the community.

"Say people have gone away for the year, the actually look forward to this," said John Alfano, the president of the Lumberjack Committee.

A committee formed the festival back in 1976.

The goal was to create the biggest Deposit festival ever.

Nearly 40 years later, organizers say it still is.

Fred Hemendinger, a vendor at the event said, "The committee here is great, the work well with everybody, it's probably one of the best committees I've ever worked with."

What has kept this festival a success may be attributed to organizers constantly taking suggestions from the community.

This year's title is "Community Celebration," and is more community, and family oriented.

"They said it was getting old and weathered, the old same old story.
So what we did was we out reached to different sources," said Alfano.

Despite the weekend heat and rain, organizers dubbed this year's festival a success.

Alfano added, "There was a huge turnout (Saturday) night, We had everything to do but to kick them out the doors at 11:30."

Organizers expect the festival to be back at Fireman's Field for next year's festival.