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PLAYGROUND FAIR

EVERY SUMMER, FRANKLINVILLE, NEW YORK HOLDS A "PLAYGROUND CARNIVAL."
CHILDREN FROM AGES OF 8 TO 15 MAKE THEIR OWN FOOD AND GAME BOOTHS
AND SELL THEIR WARES. A GREASED POLE CLIMBING CONTEST IS HELD
WITH A FIVE DOLLAR REWARD. PRIZES ARE GIVEN OUT FOR THE BEST BOOTHS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED.

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LAWN FETE

ST. PHILOMENA'S CATHOLIC CHURCH IN FRANKLINVILLE, NEW YORK, HOLDS A
LAWN FETE EVERY AUGUST. THIS IS A ONE DAY FAIR. BOOTHS ARE SET
UP IN THE AMERICAN LEGION PARK WHERE WOMEN'S HAND-MADE GOODS AND
REFRESHMENTS ARE SOLD. GAMBLING GAMES AND RAFFLES ARE ALSO HELD.
A CHICKEN DINNER IS SOLD ALL DAY IN THE LEGION HALL. THIS ATTRACTS
MANY PEOPLE FROM A 50 MILE RADIUS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED.

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MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION

MEMORIAL DAY IN FRANKLINVILLE, NEW YORK IS CELEBRATED BY A PARADE
OF THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS. THE PARADE FIRST GOES TO ELM STREET
BRIDGE, WHERE A WREATH OF FLOWERS IS DROPPED INTO THE ISCHUA CREEK.
THE PARADE THEN MOVES TO THE CEMETERY, WHERE A WREATH OF FLOWERS IS
PLACED BEFORE THE "TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER." A CLERGYMAN MAKES
A SPEECH TO MARK THE END OF THE FORMAL CEREMONY. THE PEOPLE THEN
GO TO THEIR OWN HOMES.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 21 equinox to June 20

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GAME SUPERSTITION

IF A PERSON HITS MOST OF HIS SHOTS IN A BASKETBALL
WARM UP, HE WILL MISS THEM IN A GAME, AND VICE VERSA.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): OPPOSITES

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.6

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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