This year marks the 35th anniversaryo Hang Around Victor Day. Since1976, the event has showcased serviceorganizations, schools, churches, mer-chants and everything special aboutVictor, New York. Besides showcasing thetown’s amenities, at the heart o VictorDay is a sense o community.“For me the estival is about seeing oldriends and creating goodwill in thecommunity,” says Susan Stehling, ormerVictor Chamber President and long-timeorganizer o Hang Around Victor Day.“That this event has gone on or so manyyears is a good commentary on the Victorcommunity.” The estival got its start as part o thetown’s Centennial Celebration in 1976.Ater a successul event, the VictorChamber o Commerce decided to takeover and turn the town celebration intoan annual estival to support awarenesso the local merchants and services. Thisyear, 100% o the Main Street merchantsare involved in Hang Around Victor Day.Hang Around Victor Day rst took placeon Main Street and the old Town Hallparking lot. As the town o Victor grew,so did the estival. Mead Square Park soon became another estival area. Theestival now stretches along Main Streetrom Maple Avenue to Church Street withareas behind Village Hall, Mead SquarePark and the parking lot surroundingthe park. Last year, the estival added aspecial area just or kids in the Village Hallparking lot section o the estival.
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Hang Around Victor Day has evolvedover the last 35 years and includedmany interesting and diverse activities. The 2000 event included a “MillenialCelebration Street Dance” and reworks.In 2007, the Town Hall time capsule wasopened exposing artiacts buried in1900 and 1936. The Battle o the Bandsheld in 2009 included a text messagevoting system that received 3,000 votes.Other eatured activities have includeda Farmer’s Market, parades downMaple Avenue, Victor souvenirs and anOktoberest.
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The Victor Chamber o Commerce is amembership-driven business organiza-tion that promotes connections be-tween businesses, provides resourcesor businesses to grow and addressesmerchant concerns by advocating positivechange. Their close working relationshipwith the town and village allows them towork together toward goals in economicdevelopment and promotion o Victor asa historical tourism destination.
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• Monthly after-hours networking events• Monthly educational seminars. Recent
topics: energy-saving, customer serviceand on-the-job training programs.
• The Chamber connects businesses to
Ontario County Programs such as FingerLakes Workorce, which provides humanresources advice.
• The Chamber recently made
introductions between the Ganondaganbuilding committee and NYS Assembly-man Sean T. Hanna, which will help themmove orward with a building project.
35 Years of Community Celebration