ONEONTA _ The siting of this Saturday's City of Oneonta Centennial Ice Cream Social in the upper level of Wilber Park is no accident.
It's Wilber Park's time to shine with an afternoon of music and free ice cream, said Centennial Committee co-chairman Kevin Herrick.
Neahwa Park is known for its playing fields, skateboard park and historic Damaschke Field, but Wilber Park has traditionally been a popular place for families to go for picnics and relaxation, Herrick said.
The park is playing host to one of a series of events this year celebrating the signing of legislation 100 years ago incorporating Oneonta as a city.
"This is an opportunity to celebrate, with friends and neighbors, Oneonta's centennial on Flag Day, with an opportunity to enjoy free ice cream and free entertainment and camaraderie with fellow citizens and friends of Oneonta," Herrick said.
The Ice Cream Social is sponsored by the city of Oneonta and The Daily Star.
"The Daily Star is honored to sponsor the ice cream social as part of Oneonta's centennial celebration," Daily Star Publisher Tanya Shalor said. "This should be a great family event and we look forward to a day filled with music, festivities and, of course, plenty of tasty treats."
Schwan Food Company, Paul and John Huff of Huff's Ice Cream, Pie in the Sky, Ives Cream, Friendly's Ice Cream, the Golden Guernsey, and Stewart's Bread and Butter Shops are also supporting the event.
Herrick said the event is designed to feel like a step back in time to when the city was chartered.
"It's definitely family-oriented," Herrick said. "(But) there's plenty of fun for everyone."
Wilber Park is in tip-top shape, Mayor John Nader said.
"The Department of Public Works has done a terrific job," Nader said.
He also lauded the work of the Centennial Committee as it is midway through the year-long calender of centennial events.
"They've done a fantastic job, and everything that's been organized so far has been very well-received," Nader said.
Vehicle traffic through the park will be closed during the event.
The Centennial Committee is requesting that attendees park on streets neighboring the park. Parking is also available at the Oneonta Middle/High School parking lot, and a free shuttle trolley will be making trips to the festivities. There is also a trail from the parking lot that leads into the park.
In the event of heavy rain, the Ice Cream Social will be held in the Alumni Field House at the State University College at Oneonta on the same day and time.
1 p.m. "" Wilber Park opens for festivities
1:15 p.m. "" National anthem, patriotic songs, comments by Mayor John Nader and Daily Star Publisher Tanya Shalor at Applebaugh Gardens in the park.
1:45 p.m. "" Sweet Adelines perform at the portable bandstand on the upper level of the park.
2:15 p.m. "" Steppin' Out, a barbershop quartet, performs at the bandstand.
3 p.m. "" Oneonta Community Concert Band performs at the large pavilion.
Throughout the day "" Civil War re-enactments, vintage Victorian-era games presented by The Farmers' Museum, Utica Zoomobile and petting area, ice cream making demonstrations, clowns and free ice cream.