By all accounts, it was another successful Niska-Day. Here’s a look at Niskayuna’s annual community day, by the numbers:
3: Superheroes at the meet and greet: Spider-Man, Batman and Wonder Woman.
4: Meetings held to plan Niska-Day.
5: Months to secure the three permits necessary to put on the festival.
7: Floats in the parade (one more than in 2016).
11: Not-for-profits hosting carnival-type games.
13: Portable toilets on site.
27: Craft vendors on hand.
30: People on the committee that plans and executes Niska-Day.
36: The number of years Niska-Day has been put on by N-CAP.
43: Vendors in the business tent.
47: Nonprofit organizations with informational booths.
92: That’s Ruth Shopmeyer, 92 years young and lives on Zenner Road. According to Niska-Day co-chairman Bill Leader, she is accommodating and enthusiastic as thousands of people and numerous pieces of equipment walk and rumble past her house every May.
140: Tables delivered and set up.
400: Chairs delivered and set up.
5,000: — Estimated crowd taking in the fireworks finale.
10,000: Estimated attendance throughout the day.
32,000: Dollars needed for N-CAP to put on Niska-Day.
And one more:
2018: Will see the 37th annual Niska-Day, but this community staple does not come together by magic. Leader and his wife have led the Niska-Day efforts for more than 20 years.
“The challenge for N-CAP is to get the younger generation of Niskayuna residents involved in delivering Niska-Day to the community and to be involved in N-CAP.”
To learn more about N-CAP — short for Niskayuna Community Action Program — and its work in the community or to get involved, visit the website, ncapnisky.org.