Boom Balls are made ready for this Saturday’s Boom Days festival at Silo City. Music and kids activities start at noon, fireworks at 9pm. The Boom Ball race begins at 2:30pm, and the Kentucky Derby will be screened live on a giant LED screen, post time 6:34pm. It’ll be grand old time.
Joining the festival’s original sponsor, Rigidized Metals Corp., this year are Great Lakes Experience, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Explore Buffalo, Young Audiences of Western New York, the Burchfield Penney Art Center, The Public, WNY STEM, Arts Service Initiative of WNY, and Erie County Harbor Development Corporation.
Young Audiences’ teaching artists will provide hands-on arts activities for kids, while US Fish and Wildlife Service Young will present interactive exhibits that showcase aquatic animal and habitat conservation (12-6pm).
Explore Buffalo’s docents will offer free mini-tours of the silos and associated structures (3-7pm). The fireboat Edward M. Cotter will be docked at Silo City and open for tours, as well (noon-3pm).
Musical acts on the main stage (12-9pm) include Susan Rozler, Doug Yeomans, Michael DiSanto, the Boomer Daddys, BloodMoney, and the Minions.
There will be contests for kids and adults, food trucks and a beer tent, and—as every year—the festival concludes with a firework display at 9pm.
Parking is available on-site for both cars and bicycles.