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Callie Blodgett, 3, of Wilton; Cale Clark, 3, of Temple; and Grady Kraswosky, 3, of Roswell, NM make their way through the inflatable obstacle course during Chesterville Family Fun Day on Saturday. (Dee Menear/Franklin Journal)

CHESTERVILLE – Friends and families gathered under blue skies Saturday for the 2nd Annual Chesterville Family Fun Day and parade. It was a day filled with exceptional food, lively music and fun activities.

Abel Richards, 2, of Farmington plays with his mom Rebecca Gage while waiting for the start of Saturday’s Chesterville Family Fun Day parade. (Dee Menear/Franklin Journal)

Event Coordinator Kim┬áLessard┬ásaid, “Prior to last year, we had not had anything like this in 20 years. It was high time we did something.”

Parade participants embraced the ‘Movie’ theme, choosing favorite characters and scenes from a variety of genres. Picking winners was a difficult task for judges, who were randomly chosen from among spectators just minutes before the parade started, said event volunteer Josette Billian.

North Chesterville Baptist Church took third place with “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”; Chesterville Heritage Society earned second; and the “Wild Hogs” entry took first.

Terry Briggs and John Hallette, both of Fayette, represent the Ancient Ones Living History Club on the Chesterville Heritage Society float in the parade on Saturday. The club, based in Canton, is active in educating the public on pre-1840 American history. (Dee Menear/Franklin Journal)

Awards were also presented to Chesterville Meeting House for Best Walking Entry and Dutch Gap Auto for Best Antique entry. “E.T” took home the ribbon for Best ‘Other’ entry.

Twenty-three participants took part in the 5K, said organizer Patty Hastings. Trevayne Jackson of Farmington took first place with a time of 20:24. Dillon Gray came in second with 23:34 and Kevin Jackson finished third with a time of 24:22.

Mabel and Robert Cox of Chesterville raise the flag during the Chesterville Family Fun Day Opening Ceremony on Saturday. (Dee Menear/Franklin Journal)

“The Town Selectmen, committee members, and numerous volunteers have worked hard to assure that today our community can come together to have fun and create memories with friends, family, and neighbors,” Billian stated.

Christopher Everett of Farmington plays “Taps” during Saturday’s Chesterville Family Fun Day Roll Call of Veterans. (Dee Menear/Franklin Journal)

dmenear@thefranklinjournal.com

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