Community celebrates 25 years of Minerva Day

At right, Carol Gregson spins alpaca fur.

At right, Carol Gregson spins alpaca fur. McKenna Kelly

— Minerva residents took to the sunny streets Saturday, June 30, for the town’s 25th annual Minerva Day celebration.

A variety of activities awaited both locals and visitors.

Minerva Day began as a way to promote the town’s businesses, and though the event has evolved into something much bigger, it hasn’t lost its commercial roots.

Twenty-seven garage sales operated throughout the day and Mountain Ink, owned by Jessica Coyle, sold custom printed Minerva Day T-shirts and hats in Courtney Park.

The park also hosted St Joseph’s Church, whose officials sold baked goods and hot dogs, and local artist Jimmy Daniels. Operating under the name “Joji’s Art,” Daniels sold hand-carved and painted walking sticks, mirrors and glass bottles.

To provide background music for the celebration, Laura King performed on her cello in the morning.

The Irishtown Schoolhouse also hosted a collection of local artistic talent for Minerva Day’s third annual art show.

Several local women submitted small painted cabinets and Kate McCormick displayed six hand-sculpted puppets featuring characters from Swedish folktales.

Sonia Emelianoff and Carol Gregson gave demonstrations of their own crafts; Emelianoff was felting and Gregson spun alpaca fur into thread on a spinning wheel.

The fishing derby at Donnelly Beach hit a record high for participation this year with 44 kids aged 3-15 entering.

“It’s stiff competition,” said judge Mike Corey. “We’ve got a lot of kids and everyone’s catching fish.”

The competition was split into three ages groups, with first-, second- and third-place winners based on the weight of the fish.

Justice LaPell took first, Tristen Hitchcock took second and Alex Mather took third in the 7 and younger bracket. In the 8 to 11 bracket, Audrey Fish placed first, Anneke Troelstra second and Rachel Seaman third. Finally, in the 12 to 16 bracket, Alex Rusbacki took placed first, Brandon Baker second and Kira Seaman third.

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