Niska-Day . . . by the numbers

Photo Kristin Schultz
The weather was picture-perfect for the 36th annual Niska-Day.Photo Kristin Schultz The weather was picture-perfect for the 36th annual Niska-Day.

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,