Festival of Colors returns to Wilmington on Saturday

Special 9/11 20th anniversary remembrance planned

Vendor at the 2014 Festival of Colors in Wilmington (News photo — Andy Flynn)

WILMINGTON — Just as the leaves start turning color in the Adirondacks, this community is getting together for the first time in two years to celebrate the fall foliage season with its annual Festival of Colors. Last year’s event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Preston Festival Field on Springfield Road.

More than 50 vendors will line the field — selling locally made arts and crafts, produce, etc. — and food trucks will be available. There will be live music throughout the day — with Grey Wolf in the morning and Warden and Co., a trio from Saratoga Springs, in the afternoon — as well as children’s activities and a clown comedy show at 1 p.m.

“Those are really the highlights,” said Michelle Preston, operations manager at the Whiteface Mountain Regional Visitors Bureau. “We decided not to do any kind of cooking challenge this year because of COVID and everything.”

In past years, the Festival of Colors was also home to the annual Fire on the Mountain Chili Challenge.

A special 9/11 20th anniversary ceremony will be held at noon, honoring the thousands of people lost during the terrorism attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 — including those at the Pentagon in Washington and the World Trade Center in New York City. The gathering will be hosted by Wilmington Fire and Rescue.

This is the last major event of the year for the town of Wilmington before the snow flies. The annual Oktoberfest at Whiteface Mountain has been canceled for the second year in a row, and the next one is scheduled for September 2022, according to the state Olympic Regional Development Authority, which operates the ski center.