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Friends, families gather in St. Francis for Fun Day

FORT KENT, Maine — Five-year-old Chayo Flores of Fort Kent is willing to share his potato sack-race strategy, which he put to use multiple times during the fourth annual St. Francis Family Fun Day on Saturday, July 8.

“The trick for the potato sack race is you have to hold your sack up all the time,” the young man said while eating a dough-boy at the St. Francis Community Center on Saturday.

He was competing against much older children and didn’t win any of the several sack races he entered, but displayed great enthusiasm and determination.

“I want to go on every game,” Flores said of all the activities offered during Family Fun Day, which was sponsored by the Friends of St. Francis.

The day featured a parade, fireworks, live music, horse and wagon rides, Shriner clowns, children’s games, and a Jaws of Life demonstration by the St. Francis Fire Department.

“We do it to give back to the town,” said Friends of St. Francis President Cindy Jandreau. “We want a day for family and friends, neighbors old and new, far and close to come together and enjoy themselves and to remember old memories and good times and make new happy memories.”

Jandreau said she would like to thank the many volunteers and sponsors who supported Family Fun Day, which cost about $3,800 to put on.

This year’s event also served to recognize the town’s 50th birthday for which Norma Akerson and Tamma Jandreau-Dumais baked and donated giant cakes.

Friends of St. Francis members already have begun planning for next summer’s fifth annual Family Fun Day, Jandreau said.

Chayo Flores said he would love to return to Fun Day in 2018.

“I think (all the activities) are fun, but I don’t like the fact that I didn’t win the potato sack races,” he said.

Photos by Jessica Potila.

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