This is the 32nd year of Fulton’s Memorial Day Salute.
It doesn’t seem possible that this community wide event was started in 1981.
Four service clubs, Lions, Rotary, JayCees, and the Kiwanis clubs, started the event.
After a few years the Optimist Club replaced the JayCees, but they disbanded and so the present fourth service club, which was started in 1999, is Sunrise Rotary.
The original purpose was three fold.
We wanted a community wide event that everyone in our community, especially the children, could participate in.
We wanted to offer a program, or series of events, that would thank all of our present and former service men and women for their service to our country.
And we wanted to bring the people of our community a weekend of music by nationally and locally recognized performers or groups.
When it comes to entertainment, the service clubs have provided the Fulton audiences with some great music over the years.
The emphasis has mostly been on the popular music of the 1950s through the 1970s.
This music could be defined in broad terms as “Rock ‘N Roll.”
Groups that have appeared on the Recreation Park stage over the years are: Bill Haley and The Comets, Little Richard, Chubby Checker, Herman’s Hermits, Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon, Bobby Vee, country star, Jim Ed Brown, The Lovin Spoonful, Tribute to the Beatles (Let It Be), Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals, Jay and The Americans, A Tribute To Elvis, Orleans and last year, Nik and the Nice Guys.
One performer who has not appeared on our stage is Rob Garrett, King of Diamonds, a Neil Diamond Tribute.
This year, Fulton Savings Bank will sponsor this tribute band on the Community Center stage on May 25 starting at 8 p.m.
Long time Las Vegas performer and Legends in Concert alumni, Rob Garrett, is America’s #1 Neil Diamond tribute artist and is unparalleled in his portrayal of the legendary performer.
From Las Vegas to Honolulu, to New York, to Berlin Germany Rob has come to be known as the ‘King of Diamonds’ – performing throughout more cities than any other celebrity impersonator in the business.
Rob manages to naturally capture the presence, passion, and energy of the legendary performer in all his ‘Jazz Singer’ glory and those who have witnessed his performances will testify that you simply can’t get any closer!
Rob was the recent recipient of the “Male Musical Tribute Artist of the Year” award presented by the Entertainment Network at the Celebrity Impersonator Convention in Las Vegas.
Jim Myers, long-time entertainment chairman for the Memorial Day Salute, has released the complete entertainment schedule for the weekend.
On May 24, the G. Ray Bodley High School Jazz band will perform at 5 p.m. Rick Bush will be on stage from 6-7 p.m., followed by one of Central New York’s favorite’s Magical Mystery Tour, A Beatles Tribute Band. They will play until the fireworks start at about 10 p.m.
On May 25, Oswego County’s largest parade will move down Broadway, from east to west, starting at 10 a.m. and commentated by Tom Owens from B104.7 and Zach Menter, the parade chairman.
This will be followed by several of the parade marching bands playing at a “stand-in” on the Community Center stage from noon to 2 p.m.
Virgil The Magician, will entertain the children and adults alike at 2 p.m.
The Fulton Dixieland Band will be on stage at 3:30 p.m., followed by Fulton Community Band at 5 p.m and the music of Vince Markowsky at 6 p.m.
Rob Garrett, King of Diamonds, the Neil Diamond Tribute will take the stage at 8 p.m.
The Memorial Day Salute opens at 5 p.m. on Friday and closes at 11 p.m. after the fireworks are over.
On Saturday, the hours are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
During these hours, delicious food and beverage and many rides will be available.