Minerva Day returns on June 29

MINERVA DAY FISHING - Frank Morehouse shows his son, Kieth Eannarino, the ropes at Minerva's Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 30.

MINERVA DAY FISHING - Frank Morehouse shows his son, Kieth Eannarino, the ropes at Minerva's Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 30. McKenna Kelly

— The 26th annual Minerva Day Celebration will take place on Saturday, June 29. The day will be filled with a variety of activities all across the town, concluding with a fireworks display.

Town officials are most excited about the fireworks, which are returning to the previous location at the Minerva Beach point after being moved last year to comply with safety regulations. Tall trees between the launch site and the beach, however, prevented spectators from being able to see most of the fireworks.

“When one thousand people all get up at the same time and move to the left, you know you need to make a change,” said Town Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey.

Returning the fireworks to the point does require other changes in order to continue to meet safety requirements. The town will be using smaller fireworks shells, and a portion of the beach will have to be roped off, meaning less room to sit. Corey believes the effect these concessions have will be miniscule compared to 2012’s lackluster display.

Minerva Day’s celebrations start at 8 a.m. with three events. First, the parents of Minerva Central School’s Class of 2015 are sponsoring breakfast at the town hall until 11 a.m. Second are the townwide garage sales, which run all day. Third, coffee, lemonade, and doughnuts will be available at Klippel’s Maple Knoll Farm.

Late morning festivities include the two big Minerva Day competitions; the Pant-Pedal-Paddle race — a team event featuring running, bicycling, and canoeing/kayaking — and the fishing derby at Minerva Lake. There will also be artistic displays by Minerva residents. Locally made crafts will be available for sale during an artisans’ fair in Courtney Park, and the Irishtown Schoolhouse will once again play museum for the work of various artists from Minerva and the surrounding areas. Irishtown’s St. Mary’s Church, which is normally closed to the public, is scheduled to host an open house.

The afternoon is set aside to remember Minerva’s past. The Minerva Historical Society will open this year’s exhibit on “Minerva’s Mountain Treasures,” a display centered on the Moxam and Sleeping Giant mountains and the town’s relationship with them. Folk musician and Minerva native Dan Berggren will perform at the opening ceremony.

The day will wrap up with the town’s annual parade, potluck and the fireworks. There will be live music at the beach courtesy of Who’s Your Paddy.

For more information contact Danae Tucker at 251-2869.

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