Mont Vernon’s Spring Gala is Saturday

MONT VERNON – The theme of this year’s Spring Gala is “It’s a small world,” and there will be world-themed games and crafts.

But the food – pies and chili – says small-town America.

And food starts off the day, this Saturday, May 16, at 7:30 with a Fireman’s Breakfast at the Fire Station and the gala ends with food – a pie-eating contest at 1:30 p.m..

In between, there is a parade that begins on Blood Road and ends at the fire station.

Other activities are on the Green or at the library.

The Mont Vernon Historical Society museum will open on the second floor of town hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The chili contest will have awards in the following categories: vegetarian, three-alarm, and bean chili.

The pie contest will award the best fruit pies and custard pies and the best crust.

Friends of the Daland Memorial Library hold their annual sale of books, plants and “junque jewels” at the library from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for the cleanup after the gala at 2 p.m.

The gala started in 1993 when the recreation commission teamed up with the historical society, the library and other organizations.

It is one of the town’s two major annual celebrations. Lamson Farm Day is in the fall, at a town-owned farm to celebrate its agricultural past.

Fewer volunteers

The town’s website says this year the Recreation Committee “suffered through a year in which volunteerism was at an all-time low,” and it thanks those who stepped forward to run events, and asks residents to “consider giving some of your time to keep the traditions alive (or create some new ones).”