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Community Fun Fair offers a good time for all

Don’t let the fearsome faces fool you. These two local youngsters were having a wonderful time at the Community Fun Fair hosted by the Pemi Bridge House and Plymouth Rotary Saturday. (Ashley Finethy) (click for larger version)
July 18, 2012
PLYMOUTH —The town of Plymouth was bustling with people and bursts of laughter at the Rotary Amphitheater at Riverside Park on Saturday, where the Pemi Bridge House and the Plymouth Rotary teamed up for their annual Community Fun Fair and Duck Stampede.

Cathy Bentwood of the Bridge House said that although attendance was down slightly this year, "The people who are here had a fantastic time. The kids had a good time."

The Fun Fair included a wide variety of events for every family member. For $1, families were treated to Unique Entertainment's blow up obstacle courses and basketball games, plate breaking with plates from the Common Man, the Re/MAX hot air balloon, face painting, a foam pit, DJ'ed music, a demonstration by K-9 team Bruder and Sgt. Newcomb, and a variety of concessions.

"The sponsors are the reason I only have to charge a buck to get in, and without them, this wouldn't be possible," said Bentwood.

Sponsors for the Fun Fair included Penny Pitou Travel, Angela's Cut Above, The Common Man Family, Café Monte Alto, Resource Management Inc., SMH Doc's, Mid-State Health Center, Speare Memorial Hospital, Dragon Fly Gift and Thrift, The Alpine Clinic, Fugaky Corp, Mega Print, Degumon and Coure Attorneys, Plymouth Community Peace Vigil, Noyes Insurance, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Printwear and Community Guaranty Savings Bank along with other sponsors.

Throughout the course of the Community Fun fair, the Plymouth Rotary sold tickets for the third annual Duck Stampede.

"We have about 2,000 ducks that get dumped into the river," said Plymouth Rotary member Sharon Thorne. "I tell everyone they are professional; races are all they do."

Though it can take up to an hour for a duck to race downriver to the finish line, the race and anticipation can be pretty stressful for those with ducks in the race.

"It can be pretty agonizing if you're seven, or if you're the mother of a seven-, eight- or nine-year-old," said Thorne.

With close to 2,000 rubber ducks floating to the finish line this year, community members lined the banks and waded into the Pemi River to catch the finish.

Coming in first place was duck number 670, winning Margann Barns $1,000. In second place was duck number 813, winning Clint King a Squam Lakes Boat Tour valued at $300. At third place was duck 979, winning Bruce Wiggett an Owl's Nest Resort Golf game for four with a gold cart valued at $250.

After the Duck Stampede, families and community members were able to go back to enjoying the Community Fun Fair until dusk.

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