Boilermaker Blog

Magic, Music, and Fast Movin’ Jets


Announcements about what’s happing Boilermaker Week seem to multiply as we move closer to the big event.
Last week was our last Full Committee Meeting where all the coordinators (over 150) who deal with all aspects of Boilermaker Week from food to finish line, expo to elite athletes get together. The meeting serves two primary roles:
-To pass along important info that involves changes or news of note.
– A chance for the various groups to network which is critical because with an event of this size we only succeed as a team.
This blog deals with the recent news:
Magic- We are fortunate to have two of the most recognized performers in our community giving shows at the MVCC Theater on Saturday of the Boilermaker Expo (July 7th); Leon Etienne and Robert Channing.
Leon Etienne’s show begins at 10:00 a.m., shortly after the Kid’s Run has concluded. I caught Len’s show last year and it was tremendous! You may recall Leon successfully predicted the male and female finishers of last year’s race.
Robert Channing, the mentalists, show will take place at 11:30 a.m., right after Leon.
Robert totally stunned the crowd at the Committee Meeting when he successfully guessed the amount of change in a volunteer’s pocket (26 cents). We are extremely lucky to catch Robert as traditionally he is traveling throughout the U.S. giving shows.
Both of these shows are FREE!
Seats will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Doors open at 9:30 a.m..
Music- Earlier in the year we had announced that we were going to add an opening act to the Post Race Party focusing on a local band/ artist. Some Boilermaker volunteers took on the audition efforts and picked the winner; recording artist Beth Zaje. Beth hails from scenic Gloversville New York and I’m confident will keep the Boilermaker spirit running at high octane. Maybe she’ll have Nick and the Nice Guys looking over their shoulders!
The Flyover- Clearly one of the things that has made this race stand out has been the jet flyover that traditionally occurs after the singing of the National Anthem at the Post Race Party. Our Boilermaker Facebook page ‘blew up’ after this announcement with over 160 ‘likes’ and numerous positive comments. Thank you to Special Metals (the sponsor) and the Genesee War Birds and Senator Joe Griffo for turning me on to these guys. It should be a great show!

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