Although I saw it with my own eyes, it's still hard to believe that 18 floats were in Upton's sesquicentennial parade! Not only that, but Upton has, for the first time ever, a crosswalk, albeit a little crooked!
There are two new signs on either side of town depicting Umbagog Lake, some town buildings, one has a moose, the other has a deer. Hopefully they'll remain in place for a long time, but if they come up among the missing -- keep your eyes and ears open as to their location.
The celebration was deemed a success by folks who attended and by all those who helped out! The weather was gorgeous until abut 6, when it rained enough to chase the square dancers and the dj inside the schoolhouse.
The newly formed Upton Historical Society wishes to thank all the helpers and patrons who helped make their displays and sales a success. Members enjoyed meeting friends they hadn't seen in a long time, making new friends, and sharing a little of Upton's history together. The society is deemed to continue to get even bigger and better!
The quilt show in the church was absolutely spectacular. Wilma Rector and helpers expertly arranged some of the most beautiful quilts I've ever seen -- sure hope you didn't miss it!
Bridgette Norman made enough money at her table to buy some earrings from Margaret Mitchell, and a few other goodies and still had a little left over. Bridgette's earrings went superbly with the dress she wore to the square dancing, where she learned some dance steps and had a great time. The Ladies Aid members appreciated all the help that Bridgette and her family gave them, before, during and after the celebration.
Pat Kenyon won first and third prize in the floral contest and Barbara Stratton won second place. Kathleen Rupy won second place in the photo contest, Ginny Williamson won third place. First place was a beautiful scenery entered by Mr. Fuller. Lexi-ann Hart won first place in the children's photo contest and Bridgette Norman won second place. Ellie LeComte won first prize in the pie baking contest.
Margaret Mitchell, who will be 95 years young next month was the Grand Marshall in the parade. She rode with Bob Pepler in his '55 Chevy. The winning float in the parade was created by Lou Bernier. It was entitled "Back in the Day" and displayed old-time tools, with Lou sawing a log with a buck saw, a wood cook stove, with smoke coming out the chimney as it traveled down the road, and many other "olden day" displays. Dick Angevine's float won second place. Dick was riding his old John Deere tractor and the trailer was beautifully decorated with flowers and old-fashioned items. Jim and Wilma Rector were riding on the float.
Cindi Casko won first prize in the skillet throwing contest, Laurie Brown won second place, Deena Bennett won third and Amy Connolly won fourth. Thanks for setting up the game, Nancy Thew.
Deena Bennett, a member of the Ladies Aid Association, made a beautiful "Happy Birthday, Upton" cake which was served for dessert at the spaghetti supper.
There were so many, many people, Ladies Aid members, their families and friends, patrons, vendors, entertainers, spectators, the Oxford County Sheriff Department, and the Historical Society members who all worked together to make this Fun Day/Sesquicentennial celebration a success that it'd be impossible to mention them all. Thanks so much -- all of you. It wouldn't have happened without you.
If you have any pictures that you took at the celebration and would like to share them in the Bethel Citizen, please e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for sharing.
Don't forget there will be a special Town Meeting on Sept. 2. The articles are posted at the school house.
Have a wonderful week. Selah