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Colchester Family Fun event returns for third year

by Sylene Argent

An array of fun activities and entertainment awaited area residents and out-of-town visitors who took part in the Town of Essex’s 3rd Colchester Family Fun Event, which took place nearing the harbour.

The event offered family-friendly activities, including a bike rodeo packed with safety tips through Bike Windsor Essex, appearances from entertainer Beebo Music, an interactive learning session about birds of prey with Kingsport Environmental, and youngsters had the opportunity to greet some of their favourite comic book or princess characters with  Enchanted Adventure Parties.

  The Harrow Rotary Club also hosted a barbeque during the event as a fundraiser for its own causes.

On the main entertainment stage, Harrow’s Max Marshall, and later Christian Vegh, offered their musical stylings for residents to enjoy, before the Canadian rockers, “Mudmen,” took over the limelight with their Celtic twist on rock ‘n rock.  

Unfortunately, due to high winds, the annual Rafih Auto Group sponsored fireworks display, which has garnered quite the reputation for being a high quality show, was cancelled this year.

  Mayor Larry Snively, and many attendees, were disappointed the fireworks had to be cancelled, but he said organizers are trying to re-schedule the display.

Snively was pleased to notice attendance at this year’s event seemed to be way up, especially for the music portion of the evening. He believes the great turnout was in part due to the attendees of previous events spreading the news about the great event and its many activities.

  Though there are always many moving parts in hosting an event, Snively was a main organizer. He said he raised the funds necessary to host the event because he wanted to give back to the community.

  “It is something I enjoy doing,” he said.  

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