perusing past year’s programs, events and activities,
brainstorming for relevant, innovative ideas,
networking, imploring over-extended volunteers,
attempting to recruit new ones,
partnering and then
digging in for the 39th consecutive year
---That’s what went into the winter stages of planning the Alma Celebration Days summer activities this year.
Included in the traditional favourites was the annual themed parade down Main Street. This year’s was The Spirit of Alma and 50 Years of the Canadian Flag. Red and white participants were bedizened with whatever they could use to impress the judges, including historical Canada Flags on loan from the Albert County Museum.
By popular demand, and growing participation for the past 15 years, the annual Cake Walk was relocated to accommodate the crowds and held in the large Alma Activity Centre main floor. Waiting at the door for the start, families of all ages smacked their lips and craned to see which beautiful cake they would choose if their lucky number was called. Monies raised are always returned to the community for a special charitable effort.
This year’s winners in the commercial category were:
1st place: The Tides Restaurant,
2nd place: The Alma Boat House Restaurant,
3rd place: The Alma Lobster Shop.
Winners in the individual category were:
1st place: Barbara Gebuhr on behalf of the Chipoudy Communities Revitalization Committee,
2nd place; Melissa Butland with Kay Duffy,
3rd place: Rhonda Lee Rossiter family.
Remarks left at the end of the evening were, “Can’t wait until next year!” “The best $10 I ever spent”, and “I might enter next year, those are amazing prizes!”
Many other activities were held throughout the village, but what felt good for the planners about the overall week/weekend of events was that they were all inclusive for the whole family. No prohibitive expense was needed to enjoy and engage the entire family while creating traditional and lasting memories. “Dad spent 10 minutes trying to get that bean-bag through the holes at the bag-toss event at the Molly Kool Centre. He beats me at Mortal Kombat, but he couldn’t at this!” The bag toss event (held last year for the first time) was moved indoors this year due to the weather.
Event planners were prepared and the Fundy Youth Team volunteers from Hillsborough rallied with enthusiasm welcoming about 50 prize-winning families.