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Concord Bicentennial to culminate in capsule burial

CONCORD — The town of Concord is in the process of putting the finishing touches on its last bicentennial endeavor, a three-phase event that includes five 1-mile foot races, a chicken barbecue and the interment of a time capsule.

Scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7, the event was planned to fit between local, morning religious services and the Buffalo Bills’ 4 p.m. away game.

Boy Scout Troop 524 will host a Wendel’s chicken barbecue, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Barbecue pits will be set up in the Concord Town Hall parking lot and patrons may bring chairs or blankets to Fiddlers Green Park on which to eat their meals. Discounted pre-sale tickets are available from members of Troop 524 and the town hall will be open for eating, should the weather be inclement.

At 11:45 a.m., the Scouts will form a color guard and present the colors, alongside the park’s monument. The Fiddlers Green Militia will then fire a musket volley, after which Lydia Herren will sing the national anthem.

The gun for the first foot race, scholastic girls, will sound at noon. The starting line will head 1 mile north on North Buffalo and Sharp streets.

The five divisions of runners will take off every 10 minutes, providing approximately an hour of action for bystanders near the finish line, on North Buffalo Street, between Franklin and Chapel streets.

Following the girls’ scholastic race will be the boys’ scholastic at 12:10 p.m., the masters at 12:20, the women’s open at 12:30 and the men’s open at 12:40. Walkers and physically handicapped competitors will be assigned slots in the final event, the men’s open.

The registration table opens at 10:30 a.m. and will be located at the starting line. Advance registration information can be found at

The Mercantile Musicians will be performing in the gazebo, during the running of the mile races. The Fiddlers Green Band will take the stage at 1 p.m. and play until the runners’ awards ceremony at 1:30.

At 1:45, members of the Concord Bicentennial Steering Committee will lead the loading of the time capsule.

Individuals with items they believe would be appropriate for burial can visit Town Supervisor Gary Eppolito’s office, in advance of the ceremony.

After the crypt has been loaded and sealed, it will be paraded from the gazebo to a prearranged site on town property, near the corner of Franklin and Mechanic streets.

Committee members will lower the concrete box into place and Scouts will cover the capsule. A plaque, donated by Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, will be cemented into place, instructing future town of Concord residents to exhume the capsule in 2062.

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