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Community Day celebrates Consecon

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Julie Dracup provided free horse drawn wagon rides around the village

Saturday’s celebration of Consecon reminded residents and visitors there’s more to the County than just fun in Picton, Bloomfield and Wellington.

“Sometimes we feel like the forgotten part of the County,” said Bill McMahon, one of the organizers for Consecon Community Day. “So it’s always great to see so many people out enjoying this day and we’re happy the weather co-operated, too. As promised, it delivered absolutely something for everyone.”
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The day kicked off with the Consecon Masonic Lodge members hosting a pancake breakfast and continued with community-wide yard and garage sales – including a used book and DVD sale at the Consecon Library Branch that raised about $300. A Kids Korner was hosted by the Storehouse Foodbank, featuring free games and prizes. A County fire truck and OPP car were also on display for children to explore.  There was also art and Chi Kung demonstrations and a bake sale.

Julie Dracup provided free horse drawn wagon rides around the village during the morning and afternoon, allowing both residents and visitors alike the opportunity to slowly take in the hand-painted folk art street banners created by Consecon and area residents.

For the third year, Max Burris, from Calgary took the soapbox challenge while here in the County to visit grandparents Elwood and Peggy Burris. He is shown here with Peggy and event organizer Bill McMahon.

For the third year, Max Burris, from Calgary took the soapbox challenge while here in the County to visit grandparents Elwood and Peggy Burris. He is shown here with Peggy and event organizer Bill McMahon.

By the 1 p.m. start, there were 39 racers registered in the day’s highlight 5th Annual Soap Box Derby on the Mill Street hill. The Consecon Area Ratepayers’ Association co-sponsors and provides numerous volunteers.

“Before the races wrapped at 3:45 pm, 50 entrants had all rolled off the starting ramp,” said McMahon. “This race originally was modelled after the Bloomfield race, but grew to be much bigger, this year again attracting racers from Mississauga, Pickering, and Toronto in addition to our own County and Quinte area participants.”

Emily MacDonald made the trip in from Kingston, and for the third year running, Max Burris, from Calgary, took the challenge while here in the County to visit grandparents Elwood and Peggy Burris.

Home Hardware provided on-the-spot expertise for racers' needs.

Home Hardware provided on-the-spot expertise for racers’ needs.

CARA members, parents and family volunteered at the races.

CARA members, parents and family among volunteers at the races.

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The days winning racers were:
Junior: (5-6 yrs)
1. Kate Fleming 20:41
2. Ryan MacInnes 21:57
3. Ezri Corde 21:92

Bantam: (7-9yrs)
1. Reese Rowbotham 19:82
2. Noah Peeling 21:73
3. Bradley Stewart 23:83

Senior:(10-12 yrs.)
1. Emily MacDonald 18:59
2. Joshua Lapensee 19:77
3. Amber Peeling 20:56

Open Age
1. Brent Gleason 20:57
2. James Palmer 23:50
3. Steve Graham 25:21

Following the races was a pig roast dinner at the Legion, as a lead in for the street dance where the County’s own Ben Vandergaast and Band served up classic rock and pop dance tunes to close the day.

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  1. What a great day! Beautiful weather, a Village bustling with bargin hunters, and local businesses reporting a stellar day. Over 50 participants in the Soap Box Derby, the Legion’s pork dinner well attended, and Ben Vandergaast’s band had about 100 locals dancing in the street until their last song at 11:00p.m. A great big THANK YOU to the regular C.A.R.A. volunteers and all of the new people that joined them to make the 2015 Consecon Community Day/Soap Box Derby a BIG success.

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