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Pondfest celebrates community and July 4th

SOLDIER POND, Maine – Windy weather did not seem to keep many people away from the third annual Pondfest, Sunday, July 3.

SOLDIER POND, MAINE 07-04-2016 -- Sack races were among the games played Sunday, July 3, at Pondfest in Soldier Pond.

SOLDIER POND, MAINE 07-04-2016 — Sack races were among the games played Sunday, July 3, at Pondfest in Soldier Pond.

Taking place on the shores of Soldier Pond, the event attracts people to the quiet St. John Valley town on the Fourth of July weekend.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Jamie Pelletier, one of the organizers. “It’s so nice to see everyone out and having fun.”Taking place on the shores of Soldier Pond, the event attracts people to the quiet St. John Valley town on the Fourth of July weekend.

This year the event included horse and wagon rides, a  parade and fireworks over the pond.

Soldier Pond has long been a popular swimming place. Despite the blustery winds and drop in temperatures Sunday, the sunny weather still brought out a group of hardy young people who were seen using the old fashioned rope swing on the pond.

Paddlers also tackled the more than three-mile distance on the Fish River, Sunday.  Fran Cyr took first place in the adult kayak category, and Terry Chisholm took the top spot in the adult canoeing group.

SOLDIER POND, MAINE 07-04-2016 -- Family and friends gathered Sunday, July 3, at Pondfest in Soldier Pond.

SOLDIER POND, MAINE 07-04-2016 — Family and friends gathered Sunday, July 3, at Pondfest in Soldier Pond.

Youth from the community not only take part in the games but also volunteer to help organize the games.

“These kids are are very helpful,” Pelletier said.Youth from the community not only take part in the games but also volunteer to help organize the games.

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