Running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., this year’s Summer Fest will feature 25 vendors, live music, a maple syrup cooking challenge, and voting for the winner of this year’s porch festival. Alexander Violo/Malone Telegram

MALONE — After a year off due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Arsenal Green Park will once again host Summer Fest, on Saturday.

Running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the event will feature 25 vendors, live music, and a maple syrup cooking challenge, in addition to a chance to win 100 gallons of fuel donated by Arnold Oil Inc., a 50/50 raffle, and a silent auction.

Malone Chamber of Commerce President Mary Scharf said this will be the fifth Summer Fest held in the park off of East Main Street.

“We have lots of vendors, and it is free entertainment in the park,” Scharf said.

According to Kelly Lamay, the chamber’s executive secretary, there will be a bouncy house and games for the event’s younger attendees.

Live music at the event will be provided by the Too Tall String Band from Peru, who will play from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., performing from the Malone Lion’s Club Memorial Bandstand, according to Lamay.

Lamay said there will be a maple syrup cooking challenge, where five judges will decide on their favorite maple syrup dish.

“We always do a cooking challenge, in the past we have used hot dogs but this year it will be maple syrup,” Scharf said.

Lamay said during Summer Fest, the Elks Lodge will have a barbecue with ribs, and the chamber will be selling hot dogs and chips.

According to Lamay, voting for the winners of the Malone Porch Festival will take place on Saturday, at Summer Fest.

Lamay said entrants for the porch festival were accepted until Thursday, and the entries will appear on a poster in Arsenal Green Park on Saturday, and attendees can vote for their favorite.

There will also be a chance to win 100 gallons of fuel oil, by participating in card game, according to Lamay, who said people can buy cards for a chance to win the prize.

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