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Sunny weather comes through for 2019 PondFest celebration

WALLAGRASS, Maine — When planning daylong outdoor events in northern Maine, organizers can never be too confident about the weather. 

Such was the case when the Wallagrass/Soldier Pond Revitalization Committee held its sixth annual PondFest fundraiser and Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday, June 29. 

“We were kind of worried at the beginning; we didn’t know whether to call it off or not. The forecast said rain,” PondFest organizer Elaine Desjardins said on Sunday. 

A man and young child wave to a fire truck at the 2019 PondFest celebration in Wallagrass on Saturday, June 29. (Marty Pelletier)

However, the sun came through for the PondFest celebration. 

“We had a little bit of rain during the parade and that was it. We were able to carry out with everything we did,” Desjardins said. “We had a little trouble with the fireworks because it was damp but we still had a good show. Kelly O’Leary sets up the fireworks and he does a good job of it.  

“Everybody seemed to have a good time,” Desjardins added.

Lee Babin her husband Troy and the couple’s two daughters, Keira, 4, and Kinley, 3, of Fort Kent said they certainly had a good time at PondFest, which they attend each year.

“We’ve come to all of them,” Lee Babin said. “It’s just something fun for the kids to do, and the family.”

Along with the parade and fireworks the event included a live frog race, rubber duck race, plenty of children’s activities including a bouncy house, and a lot of different musicians throughout the day. 

This year’s PondFest was dedicated to Laura Saucier, Wallagrass’ oldest resident who soon will be 97, according to Desjardins. 

The event raised between $3,500 and $4,000, which the Revitalization Committee hopes to use to help build a Veterans’ Memorial in the town. The group also places American flags around the town. This year they have placed 100 flags so far, and are seeking volunteers to help them put up more flags. 

Eventually, the group also hopes to construct a pavilion for outdoor activities.

Desjardins said she and the rest of the committee would like to thank the many generous sponsors and volunteers who made PondFest 2019 a success.

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