Crosswinds residents ride through town on ATVs
FORT KENT, Maine — With a police escort leading the way, residents of Crosswinds Residential Care turned heads on Wednesday, July 24, when they rode in a line of 11 ATVs along Main Street in Fort Kent to a picnic at Riverside Park.
Members of the Valley ATV Riders based in Fort Kent donated their time and used their own personal ATVs to transport the residents to the picnic of red hot dogs, potato chips, cucumbers, tomatoes and watermelon in the Lion’s Pavilion.
The residents enjoyed the rides on that sunny day and one woman said it brought back happy memories of riding ATVs with her family.
“We used to ride on the Heritage Trail behind our house. We rode four-wheelers all the time,” said Cora Pelletier, 80. “We would just go down the hill and we were on the trail.”
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Pelletier said she enjoyed riding and ATV again with the Valley ATV Riders.
“I was waiting for it,” she said of looking forward to the event.
Pelletier’s daughter Susan Pelletier volunteered to help out at the picnic.
“It gets them out and I think everyone enjoyed it,” she said. “They feel privileged coming down Main Street.”
Taylor Saucier, 11, of Yarmouth did not ride an ATV but attended the picnic to visit with her great-grandfather Alberie Nadeau.
“I liked it; it was really nice,” Saucier said of the picnic.
What Saucier enjoyed most about the picnic was visiting with her great-grandfather.
“I’ve known him since I was pretty little,” she said. “He’s really nice and he’s really strong; he just powers through things and he was in World War II and stuff like that.”
Chief Tom Pelletier and Officer Lucas Gendreau of the Fort Kent Police Department safely escorted the riders to and from the picnic.
The Valley ATV Riders provide ATV rides for the folks at Crosswinds every summer.