Mont Vernon Spring Gala set for this weekend

Children ride their decorated bikes in last year’s Mont Vernon Spring Gala.

MONT VERNON – Most New Hampshire towns have a lot of spring events, but none of them do spring quite like Mont Vernon.

First, there are the daffodils lining Main Street, a project of the town beautification committee, with more than 8,000 bulbs planted since 2007.

Then there’s the Spring Gala, a daylong party every May that begins early Saturday morning with a Fire Department pancake breakfast and culminates with a big parade down Main Street.

This year’s Gala is bigger than ever, and that’s despite the fact that there has been no town recreation director since November 2015, when Daland Memorial Library staff took over the job of organizing the Christmas tree lighting.

No one has stepped up yet to take the director job, which pays a $500 yearly stipend, so library staff and their helpers are still organizing the town’s five big events.

Library Director Bonnie Angulas is in charge of the Gala with volunteer Kristie Gray, and they’ve planned several new events, including a dunk tank.

“Teachers will be coming in on their day off” for the dunk tank, she said, and there’s a rumor teachers will perform in the lip-sync battle.

Also new this year is a Kona Ice truck, with some of the proceeds going to the Linda Foster Scholarship Fund. The novelty ice cream truck will be parked near a Vendor Village, another new Gala feature, on the Town Hall lawn.

Twenty-five groups have signed up for the parade. Eileen Naber, longtime trustee of the town’s trust funds, will be the parade’s grand marshal.

“It’s a wonderful day because these are all community events,” Angulas said, and it gives organizations like the fire and police departments opportunities to introduce themselves.

The town history museum, upstairs in Town Hall, will be open for visitors from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

At 8:30 a.m., there will be a fun run, and at 9 a.m., a 5K and 10K.

Daland Library will have a book and plant sale from 9 a.m.-2. p.m.

There will be family fun on the town green from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: a bounce house, concessions, midway games, a lip-sync battle, the Pocket Lady, face painting, a petting zoo, a pie-eating contest and fortune tellers.

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100 or kcleveland@cabinet.com.

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