Hamden, NY - July 28, 2001 - The celebration began at 10 a.m. with music by Robert Sprague, country songwriter and performer followed by the grand reopening ceremony. The day was filled with music by the Sidney Community Band, children's games, horse and wagon rides, antique cars, chicken BBQ, raffles, balloons and free ice cream. Featured was a performance of the Spoon River Anthology by the Little Victory Players.
Covered bridge enthusiasts [had] the opportunity to learn more about the Hamden Covered Bridge from the Hamden Community and Historical Association and to purchase covered bridge items from the many covered bridge organizations and crafters attending.
The bridge reopening ceremony began with a welcome by Wayne Marshfield, Town of Hamden Supervisor followed by an invocation by Rev. Bert Moore. The national anthem was sung by Ann Moody a covered bridge song by Robert Sprague. Master of Ceremonies, Robert Cairns introduced the speakers:
All mercifully brief.
The speeches were followed by congratulatory Remarks by:
Special Presentations were made by:
[Acknowledgements: Text taken from Hamden Covered Bridge Dedication booklet - Ed.]