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Blast on the Beach 2012 honors the old, celebrates the new

Children can enjoy the bounces house and watercraft rides provided by Appolson's Performance Center at no charge during Blast on the Beach, Saturday, July 28.
Town of Hamburg’s 13th annual Blast on the Beach will offer the same fun in the sun, but with a bicentennial twist.

The event, which will be held at Hamburg Town Park on Saturday, July 28, will acknowledge the town’s 200th anniversary with the theme of “honoring the past, celebrating the future.”

Past and present town officials, along with the current officials from the villages of Blasdell and Hamburg, have been invited to join in Blast on the Beach’s opening ceremonies at 5 p.m.

“They have really dedicated their time to their community. We think that is worth recognizing,” said Laura Hahn, who co-chairs the Hamburg Rejuvenation Project. The Rejuvenation Committee is instrumental in holding Blast on the Beach, along with other town events such as the town wide cleanup in May and Christmas in the Cabin.

Also honored during the ceremony will be the Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company, which is currently celebrating its “75th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary.”

“We know we could never hold Blast on the Beach without their help and support,” Hahn said.

The past will also be acknowledged in other ways at Blast on the Beach, noted Hahn. During the ceremony, Frontier High School student bugler Tommy Klug will perform “Taps,” in honor of the 150th anniversary of the military tune.

On a less serious note, there will be a standing cutout of a man and woman in old-fashioned bathing suits. Attendees are welcome to put their faces in the hole of the cutout and pose for photos or just for fun.

Even though opening ceremonies are held in the evening, there are plenty of Blast on the Beach events for early-risers as well.

Morning festivities will begin with the “Dash-n-Splash” 2.5 mile run. The race will leave from Frontier Middle School, where runners may register at 8 a.m. The race, which is put on by the town’s recreation department, will start at 9 a.m. The dash will end at Hamburg Town Park.

At noon, food concessions will open, along with family activities and watercraft rides.

From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., the crowd will be treated to the melodies of the Sunset Bluegrass Group.

Younger children may enjoy playing in the bounce houses or visiting with Casper the Clown, who is in the Clown Hall of Fame.

For teenagers, there will be a disc jockey playing music in the evening for teenagers to dance on the beach.

“The younger adults may not enjoy the music up top,” Hahn explained, adding “We try to have something for everyone to enjoy.”

Yet no matter what age, everyone can enjoy the fact that Blast on the Beach is a very affordable way to spend the day.

“We have worked really hard to get sponsors to help pay for the event. We don’t want to pass the cost onto residents,” said Hahn. All ride, activities and music are free to enjoy. For those who do not wish to spend money on food, Hahn suggests packing a picnic lunch or dinner.

“You don’t have to spend any money if you don’t want to,” she said.

Also free of charge will be a shuttle service provided by Fisher Bus Service that will take attendees from the parking area at Lake Shore Little League (4928 Rogers Road) to the event. The shuttle will begin at 4 p.m.

As the sun begins to set, the crowd will be wowed by the entertaining musical stylings of Lance Diamond at 7:30 p.m.

Diamond is known for his classic rock and disco-era songs and puts on an unforgettable show.

“We’ve had him for many years,” said Hahn about the lounge singer. “He loves Blast on the Beach.” According to Hahn, it was Diamond who contacted Blast on the Beach coordinators this year to see if they would like him to perform.

The event will come to a spectacular end with a Skylighters fireworks beginning at 9:45 p.m.

Hahn made sure to note that Blast on the Beach is an alcohol-free event.

Along with the Hamburg Rejuvenation Project, Blast on the Beach 2012 is sponsored by: Fairgrounds Gaming and Raceway, Waste Management, Appolson’s Performance Center, Benderson Development Company and Fisher Bus Service.

Co-sponsors are Drescher & Malecki, LLP; E.F. Burke Company; Key Bank; M&T Bank; R&P Oak HIll, LLC; Tops Markets and Verizon FIOS.

Additional sponsors are Baillie Lumber Company, Hamburg Overhead Door, Hamburg Sunrise Rotary and West Herr Ford.


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