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The Picton Gazette THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2013

Consecon Community Day Saturday offers a range of fun activities for all ages Soap box derby, car boot sale, art, yoga, pig roast, street dance among events to be staged during village’s celebration Chad Ibbotson

Staff writer

Organizers of the Consecon Community Day festivities are hoping to build on the past success of the event and grow participation not only in the village, but across the county. The event is co-sponsored each year by the Ameliasburgh recreation committee and the Consecon and Area Ratepayers Association (CARA). CARA president Bill McMahon said he's excited to help bring the event to the village for another year. “Absolutely. This is what it's all about; trying to get the community involved and trying to get everybody to work together,” he said. McMahon said there's a hunger for community-oriented activities in Consecon that Community Day helps sate. “Last year was apparently the first time we had a street dance in 15 years and people were happy to see that come back and people are looking forward to that type of thing again,” he

said. The daylong event kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 8 a.m. with a car boot sale in the Emm's Restaurant parking lot on Loyalist Parkway. The sale will feature sellers from across eastern Ontario. Additional yard and garage sales will be taking place across the village at the same time. Visitors can take advantage of free wagon rides, a kids zone, charity car wash and kids can get an upclose look at fire and police vehicles at Emm's. Elsewhere, Janet B's Gallery will be hosting art, yoga, and chi kung demonstrations right next to Cascades Pub & Grill, and the Consecon Library will hold their third annual used book sale and kids craft area. At noon, free registration begins for the third annual Consecon Soap Box Derby with things getting rolling at 1 p.m. on the Mill Street hill. The derby is open to boys and girls ages five through 12 and there are no registration fees. Competi-

‘This is what it’s all about; trying to get the community involved...’

bILL McMahon OrGaNiZer

tors are grouped into categories based on age — fiveand six-year-olds, seven through nine, and 10 through 12. The racers will make individual runs down the hill with the fastest overall time in each category determining the age group winner. Helmets are mandatory and all cars must have a braking

mechanism. If a child doesn't have their own car there will be extra cars available. “Once the kids are done we're going to let the adults take a run at the hill like they did last year,” McMahon said. “That seemed to be the most fun part of the day.” The day will also feature wine tastings at Redtail Vineyards and an evening pig roast with hot dogs and hamburgers available for kids at the Consecon Legion. The day culminates with the street dance on Mill Street in front of the legion and the Masonic Hall. Local band “Not Yet” will provide the music and visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. McMahon said the event is slowly building, but it

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can be difficult to get more people involved without an organization like the Picton BIA or the Bloomfield Area Business Association (BABA) available in Consecon. “It's a process year by year,” he said. “We have the local businesses sponsoring the soap box derby and we have seven of our own cars we built last year and we had the local businesses put their ad on the back of a car and that helps pay for the trophies and that helps get them involved.” One way organizers have tried to get more citizens involved is through

some banner making. “They're home-grown banners done by the community and we'll have them going up this weekend for Community Day and we hope to have 25 by the time the summer is over,” he said. While McMahon said organizers hope the event will create stronger community ties withing the village, he said they're also hoping people from across the county come and discover Consecon. “Yes it's Consecon Community Day, but we'd like people from other parts of the county to come up and give us a try,” he said.

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