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Ice Festival adds a little love to Harrow

by Sylene Argent, Local Journalism Initiative

The Rotary Club of Harrow and the Harrow & Colchester South Chamber of Commerce teamed up to show a little love to the community on Saturday afternoon.

  As a way to give back to the community, and further give families something fun to do with the kids or grandkids, both service clubs hosted the second annual Ice Festival at the Rotary Club of Harrow Hut. The event offered families a chance to buy a hot dog or some freshly popped popcorn, visit vendor tables set up onsite that offered unique or handmade wares for sale, and gave youths a chance to play a football toss game, enjoy a game of road hockey, hop on a pedal tractor, and enjoy the heart-shaped decorations onsite.

  Visitors to the Harrow Rotary Hut were also able to enjoy watching an ice sculpture get crafted.  

  Peggy Golden, President of the Rotary Club of Harrow, was pleased with the great turnout at the event, the community support, and the mild weather that made for a great day to host an outdoor event.

  One of the main attractions of the event was the scavenger hunt, which had families visit a list of ten businesses in the downtown Harrow area, look for a heart hidden inside, and write down the word the heart contained. Completed sheets were entered into a draw for a chance to win prizes.

  This helped to get individuals into local businesses, hoping they will return to shop or utilize the service in the future, if they are not already.

  Golden noted that it is also hoped community events like the Ice Fest will bring awareness of the Rotary Club of Harrow and its long list of initiatives that support the local community and global causes.

  Looking ahead, the Rotary Club of Harrow is looking forward to hosting the annual Greg Horoky Colchester Walleye Derby in June from the Colchester Harbour. This is always a great, well-attended event in which hundreds of fishermen from far and wide enjoy participating.

  Proceeds from this event support community projects.

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