By Kirk Starratt
If the Village of New Minas aimed to put on a fun, healthy, family-oriented event for Celebration Days, the result could only be described as a success.
The excitement at Lockhart and Ryan Memorial Park got underway Aug. 10 with opening ceremonies featuring local dignitaries, the New Minas Fire Department Auxiliary golf ball drop, live music, laser tag and more. The evening wrapped up with a bang, literally, with a fireworks display by Fireworks FX.
Cecile Dodge of Waterville said she was looking forward to the fireworks, but also really enjoyed the live music by Swig and Witchitaw. She also purchased a last-minute golf ball drop ticket.
“I’m hoping to bring my two granddaughters (Saturday),” she said. “Whenever they have festivals in the Valley I try to go because I enjoy it.”
New Minas recreation director John Ansara said he was extremely pleased with how the 27th annual Celebration Days was playing out.
“There’s a great turnout for the live music,” he said Friday evening. “The laser tag has been a hit, as I assumed it would be.”
In fact, the young and young at heart couldn’t get enough laser tag. Several parents joined in, seeing how much fun the kids were having.
Nine-year old Clyde Cleveland of Coldbrook said he really liked getting to fire the laser gun at the other players. Five-year-old Zackery Llewellyn of Kentville said he particularly enjoyed tagging some of the older kids. He said he liked the game and felt he was doing quite well at it.
“I don’t like to get tagged,” he added.
The fire department auxiliary was pleased with the result of the golf ball drop, a major fundraiser for the New Minas department. Treasurer Brenda Redmond said 727 tickets sold, more than last year, raising approximately $3,500.
“It’s important for the fire department to maintain and buy equipment to protect the general public,” she said.
Redmond said the majority of people are willing to support such a great cause and the kids really enjoy watching the golf balls drop from the aerial ladder truck.
The first-place winner of $1,000 was Donna Turner, as her golf ball, number 453, fell closest to the pin. Sharon Carter won an iPad and Lisa Acker won an Xbox 360 Kinect game system in the second and third prize ticket draws respectively.
Although Saturday was rainy, Ansara said they wouldn’t let it dampen spirits.
“I have faith the rain isn’t going to put a damper on things,” he said. “The kids don’t notice the rain as much and Saturday is all about the kids.”