Thanks a million! It was a palooza of a day!

Starting with a pancake breakfast and finishing off with a fabulous concert, it was nonstop fun. The Wilmot Community Association’s (WCA) second annual Wilmotpalooza held on Sunday, September 8. The weather was perfect and there was something for everyone.

Rachel Seamans and Amber Gove started the morning with a delicious pancake breakfast. They were ably assisted by Barbara Wiggin, C.C. Lewis and Donna Miller and student helpers, Eli McCarthy and Rose Patrick.

Next, it was over to the Wilmot Ball Field for a meet and greet with members of the Dartmouth Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART). Children had a wonderful time exploring the helicopter while their parents talked with the crew. Sincere thanks to DHART’s Paul Austin who helped set up the visit as well as Don Sieburg, Marja Makinen, Justen Stevenson and Ben Weinhold who flew in to spend time with everyone.

The fun then moved to the Wilmot Town Green. Bill Burris set up his wonderful games and Kristin McCarthy and son Duncan ran the field games. Meanwhile, Kathy Neuberger and her granddaughter Ashley tirelessly applied sparkly tattoos to one and all. Wilmot hosted its first Best Dog in Town Contest. Eager puppies and grand old canines strutted their stuff for judge Thea Lahti and her able assistant Sarah O’Connor.

The Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department set up their truck and hose to the delight of all. The young and young at heart could touch-a-fire-truck, visit with the fire fighters and net rubber ducks. The Watershed Warriors were on hand to share the work they do and offer a craft project to kids. The Friends of the Wilmot Public Library brought sweet treats as well as books and comfy chairs for anyone needing a break and children were invited to make a bookmark. Cub Scout Pack 71 Kearsarge / Sunapee were available throughout the day to help anyone in need. The boys also enjoyed the games and sold popcorn. Tiger Mountain Shotokan Karate provided demonstrations and Six Saplings Sugar House sold syrup.

The band Mach Turtle played a fantastic, get-up-and_dance concert. In case you didn’t get enough pancakes, the Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary was on the Green with a cookout. Hot dogs and hamburgers were enjoyed by all.

Thank you to the Selectman and Town of Wilmot for their on-going support of this event. Chief David Zuger was on hand throughout the day to keep traffic flowing and everyone safe.

And finally, a special thanks to our sponsors – Mascoma Bank, Clayton Miller Plumbing, Rayno Construction, Gavin Campbell Construction, Bubba’s Restaurant& Grille, CWS Fence & Guardrail and Hannaford’s Supermarket. We couldn’t have done it without our fabulous volunteers, community partners and sponsors. Thank you to one and all.

A Palooza of a Day – Thank you to all the volunteers, community partners and sponsors!

Adam Glass presented the WCA board with a fabulous idea last winter. Why not have an all-day event celebrating all things Wilmot? … a Wilmotpalooza! Ann Davis and Donna Miller, joined his committee and work began. The first Wilmotpalooza was held Sunday, September 30. Starting with a breakfast at 8 a.m. the day continued with a Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department demonstration, games for kids and face painting on the Green, the Moores on the Bandstand at noon and Puppypalooza.

We couldn’t have done it without our fabulous volunteers, community partners and sponsors.

Rachel Seamans and Amber Gove started the morning with a delicious pancakepalooza. They were ably assisted by  Rhonda Gauthier, Chris Jennssen,  Janet and  Jonathon Schwarz, De Segerson and Barbara Wiggin. We love our student volunteers! Kearsarge students Max Brown, Carly Esposito, Rose Patrick and Calley Valerie joined the kitchen crew. Finally, Deb Beerman,  Lisah Carpenter,   Rhonda Gauthier,  Donna Miller, Susan Nye and Jan Sahler shared their talents and tasty baked goods.

Over at the Ball Field, the Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department staged an extraction. The WVFD was out in full force with trucks, hoses, saws and the Jaws of Life.

Back on the Wilmot Town Green, Bill Burris set up his fabulous games. Wilmot kids never tire of these wonderful, old fashioned wooden games. Enthusiasm was high. Jeff Gill and Tom Schamberg  helped with set up and breakdown the games.

Ann and Marc Davis ran the field games.  Melissa Aubertin and Billie-Jean Hufault pitched in and all ran smoothly – without a single tear! The sack race was a real highligh – thanks to Dr. Beth Palmer at the Kearsarge Veterinary Clinic for donating the feed bags. Meanwhile, Kathy Neuberger tirelessly painted tiny face after tiny face with butterflies, Super Mario and more.

Kenny Clarke brought a giant loader down to the Green so the young and young at heart could touch-a-truck. Elkins Fish and Game Club and the Wilmot Conservation Commission were on hand to introduce themselves and share the work they do. In case you didn’t get enough pancakes, Ben’s Bad Dogs and Nana’s Kitchen sold lunch on the Green.

There was also a vote on … How to Pronounce Wilmot … and the winner is Will-MOT. A close second and runner up was Will-MIT.

After finishing clean-up after the breakfast, Rachel Seamans and Max Brown rushed over to the Town Green in time for The Moores Concert. They popped free popcorn for everyone. Max’s mom Katherine joined in the popping. Emma and Jordan Zuger were here, there and everywhere passing out schedules.

The afternoon ended with Puppypalooza on the Ball Field. Dee Ganely talked about Bite Safety for Kids and her dogs demonstrated their agility. New England K9 Search and Rescue did a demo. Caring Animal Partners gave a presentation about pet therapy and service dogs. Puppypalooza ended with a fun disc dog demo with Jess Davis, Harper Davis and Laura Campbell and their Frisbee catching dogs.

A final and special thanks to our sponsors – Clayton Miller Plumbing, Rayno Construction, Long Brothers Construction, CWS Fence & Guardrail and Mascoma Bank.

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