George and Pat Sabourin received a police escort to the Ogdensburg Municipal Park, Sept. 7, to be crowned King and Queen of Ogdensburg Day. As their first royal act, they officially kicked off the celebrations.
The king arrived in a red antique convertible, and the queen arrived in a baby blue convertible, to the sounds of a John Philip Sousa march full of brass.
Mayor George Hutnick introduced the soon-to-be crowned king and queen to cheers and claps. He said they were two people who had lived in Ogdensburg their entire lives, dedicating themselves to the community.
“There is nothing they wouldn’t do,” he added, “No one they wouldn’t help – within reason – Two amazing people.”
Miss Ogdensburg 2019 Danielle Weiss presented George and Pat their official king and queen sashes and crowns.
In their honor, the borough officially renamed the road which circles Borough Hall Sabourin Way.
Before the official opening of Ogdensburg Day 2019, residents turned to the flag and said “The Pledge of Allegiance.”
King George then pronounced, he officially opened “Ogdensburg Day to all,” and “Have a great day.”
Queen Pat thanked everyone for coming and said she was so glad to see everybody.
DJ Ray Sikora played “The Sterling Hill Mine” song by Brian McArdle, sung by the “Still Kicking Band,” of which Sikora is a member.
Sterling Hill Mining Museum sponsored fireworks that night, which were launched from the mine property.
Sterling Hill Mining Museum also provided a table where President and CEO Bill Kroth and Museum Board of Directors Member Fred Lubbers demonstrated a steam engine, generator, and whistle.
Kroth explained the steam engine turned the generator, making the light glow.
Lubbers said without steam, the Industrial Revolution would have never happened, because it made things a lot easier.
The Ogdensburg Day Committee – spear-headed by Vicki Schroeder – provided free-of-charge amusements for all ages, from the Mickey Park to the Rock Climbing Wall and Sling Shot.
Patrolman Dave Cowdrick waited to be dunked in the dunk tank as a fundraiser for Friends of Heater’s Pond.
Earlier, the Ogdensburg Volunteer Fire Department had filled the dunk tank with water and later sold hamburgers, hot dogs, and french fries to raise funds.
Damsel in Defense sold pepper sprays and stun guns.
Crochet handiwork was also available for sale.