Sherman Day Takes Over Town


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Walt Pickut

“Everybody loves it here on Sherman Day,” said Tracie Cederquist, one of the organizers for the annual Sherman Day Celebration. “We love Sherman Day, and so does everyone else who comes out for the parade, the great food, the antique car show, the live music or even the big, final bon fire.” Sherman Day generates a lot of excitement each year on the first weekend in August. “Sherman Day is a great day to meet people you don’t get to see all year, but they’ll all be here, for sure.”

Though Sherman Day is officially Saturday, August 5, this year’s events start for local residents with the Sherman Central School Alumni Dinner and meeting slated for Friday night, August 4th in the school gymnasium.

Family Fun
The family fun will begin on Saturday morning with the popular 5K Run/2 Mile Walk sponsored by the Sherman Cats Softball Program at Sherman Central School. Registration, 7:15 to 8:15, is behind Murdock’s Restaurant at the southeast corner of Main Street and Osborne St. Registration forms are available at

The theme for the hour-long 2017 Sherman Day Parade, packed this year with more floats than ever, horses, veterans groups, fire trucks, marching bands and more, is “Happy Days are Here Again”. “We even have a fine representation of Amish horse-drawn carriages coming to the parade this year,” Cederquist said. The parade steps off at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Farmer’s Mill on Kendrick Street and will cover more than a mile along Main Street.

“People line the whole parade route every year,” Cederquist said. “It’s so much fun there’s hardly a break in the crowd the whole way.”

“We’re also proud to announce that New York State Senator Kathy Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell will be here,” Cederquist added. And this year we have invited our local court judges to be our parade judges. We expect they’ll have some fun with that.”

Special Events
“There’s always so much going on,” Cederquist said, “that our committee starts planning in January for kids games, the bounce house, a water slide, dunk tank, face painting. For the adults we’ll have a 50/50 that will probably get pretty rich by the time for the drawing, and the popular car and antique tractor shows at each end of Main Street. Live blue grass music will also accompany the day’s events. The always popular and fun Lawn Tractor Poker Run returns this year with a 1:00 p.m. start at the Cooler Café.

Nobody ever goes home hungry from Sherman Day, either, according to the event organizers, as food & craft vendors and local businesses open their doors for Sherman’s guests. Especially popular every year is the Famous Stanley Hose Chicken BBQ that will start promptly at noon on Saturday.

“Please come and bring the family and help us the Sherman community,” Cederquist said. “You are all invited!” To learn more, visit Sherman Day on Facebook.

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Walt Pickut’s writing career began with publishing medical research in1971 while working at the Jersey City Medical Center and the NYU Hospital and School of Medicine. Walt holds board registries in respiratory care and sleep technology as well as bachelor's degrees in biology and communication, and a master's degrees in physiology from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, with additional graduate work in mass communication completed at SUNY Amherst. He currently teaches Presentational Speaking in the Houghton College PACE program at JCC and holds memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Nancy, an MSW social worker, and has three children: Dr. Cait Lamberton in Pittsburgh, Bill Pickut, a marketing executive in Chicago, and Rev. Matt Pickut in Plymouth, IN.