BROWNVILLE — Swarms of people walked the streets of Brownville Saturday morning as the 42nd annual General Brown Weekend was underway.
“We have a really good spot here,” said Nancy Cheever of the local Faith and Ecology Group.
On a mission to promote environmental responsibility, the group was selling plants and baked goods for donations to their cause.
Down the road, carnival rides, fair-style food, yard sales, events and activities — partnered with sunshine — provided a good reason to step outside and enjoy the fresh air.
Another good reason to participate, according to event organizers: “Over the last four years the General Brown Weekend Committee has donated thousands of dollars to support youth programs in the Town of Brownville and surrounding areas.” An example of the fundraising potential from the annual event is the Brittany Walroth annual memorial scholarship cruise-in event.
Brittany Walroth, the daughter of Neil J. and Darlene G. Walroth, was killed in a car accident July 5, 2010.
“Brittany struggled through school, she was diagnosed as learning disabled,” said Mr. Walroth.
Growing up in the General Brown Central School District, Brittany had an individualized education program, and despite adversity, she graduated from high school in 2004. She worked for the Child Development Center on Fort Drum for six years, before she died at the age of 23.
In 2012 Brittany’s parents started a scholarship for General Brown students with similar challenges. The hope was to promote success and for students to believe in their potential.
“It’s about building that self-esteem and that self-confidence,” said Brittany’s mother, Darlene. “It’s also a way for her name to live on.”
Partnering with the Highway Legends, and located at the Brownville American Legion, the annual hot rod and custom car event has raised enough money to supply more than 20 scholarships to students with learning disabilities throughout Jefferson County.
“We are looking at four to five more scholarships this year,” said Mr. Walroth. “We are looking to eventually make it accessible in other counties.”
The money for the scholarship is handled through the Northern New York Community Foundation.
THE FUN CONTINUES
Think you missed the fun? Think again.
The craft fair at the Brown Mansion will continue 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday, with amusements and carnival rides to continue, noon - 5 p.m. The United Methodist Church men’s soap box races will take place at 1 p.m. with a production of “The Forgotten General” to follow at 2:30 p.m. right at the Brownville United Methodist Church.
For a list of the weekend’s events visit, http://bit.ly/GenBrownWeekend.