Princeton Fresh Water Festival

Photo: Rick and Tina Crowe were honored at this year’s Fresh Water Festival for their dedication to the community. (Photos by Sandra Smith).

By Sandra Smith

Despite some mixed up weather, the Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee’s Fresh Water Festival persevered. Unfortunately, the Friday night dance had to be cancelled. However, Saturday, started with the Masons’ breakfast from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. Then the marathon, organized by Ernest Carle and Meredith McLaughlin started from the fire station at 8:00. The winners were: women’s 1 mile walk-Felicia was first; Vanessa Carter, second; Rachael Cilley, third. Mens 1 mile walk-Charles Santerre, first; Levite Cilley, second; Jason Cilley, third. Women’s 2-mile walk-Christine White, first. Women’s 3-mile-Christy Edgell, first; Sierra Bryant, second. Men’s 3 mile-Andre Ford, first; Jim Edgell, second; Cole Arsenault, third. All participants received a T-shirt. The parade gathered at the Eastern Cutoff Road at 9:00 and went off just fine, especially for the first year of bringing back floats. The prize winning float was Princeton’s Machias Savings Bank. Fire Chief, Tony Ramsdell was a major factor in the parade’s success with closing the road and encouraging other local fire departments to participate which included: Princeton, Indian Township, Baileyville and Grand Lake Stream.

Unfortunately as soon as the grounds opened at Brewer Andrews Field, there was a major deluge. The kids thought it was fun, but it held up the activities a bit. PPRC had a number of games for the children and they could save up their tickets for a larger prize. Addison Ramsdell won the most games with 60 tickets. The blueberry pie eating contest was won by Daniel Meader and Basketball Contests as follows: Wyatt MacArthur won both 3 point shoot out and knock out and Ellory Dow won the Pee Wee shoot out. Each were rewarded with a prize of a new basketball donated by Princeton Variety and PPRC. Rick Crowe set up a paintball target shoot, which all enjoyed. The Fire Station had their dunk tank, always good fun, and made hot dogs. Some of the local groups that had booths were the Friends of Princeton with their Downeast raffle (many thanks to all the donors) with proceeds going to PPRC; a history exhibit; the Princeton Library book sale; the 4-H Clubs selling lemonade and goodies; the Sunshine Church; the Washington County Literacy Volunteers; the St. Croix Regional Health Center; the Washington County Beekeepers; the Princeton Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market selling strawberry shortcake; the Rod & Gun Club selling snow cones; along with many vendors selling their items.

The music started at noon with the Charlie Metcalf Band. At 12:30 Alyssa Stevens played the national anthem on flute and PPRC’s President, Jan Campbell, presented the Second Annual Dedication Award to Rick and Tina Crowe in appreciation for their many years of service to the community. They were given a certificate and a wooden bench, which was beautifully engraved by wood burning by George Kneeland. Other performers followed and included singing by Kalice Morrison, Zoey Theriault, Paige Shute, Jacob Bryant, Sierra Bryant and Katherine Hiland.

The first of three offsite events was the new Cribbage Tournament held at the town office conference room. Harland Hitchings guided us through the rules and also lent cribbage boards and playing cards. Monica Laney of PPRC headed up the event. The winner was Barbara Brooks with a combined score of 836. There were 3 highest hands with a 24 score. They cut the deck and Linda Bailey won by cutting a 5. We were told it is traditional to give a prize for the lowest score which was won by Barbara Kneeland. The Horse Shoe Tournament was at the Rod & Gun Club and managed by Craig and Isaac Cilley. Winners were: Matt “Bubbles” Record and Todd Cilley. The very last event was the Rubber Ducky Race. Three-hundred fifty ducks were dropped into the river. Austin Burbey had the winning duck, Ruth Curtis was second and Chris McPhee third. Without hours of planning and hard work by all our volunteers, this event could not happen. This PPRC group is doing their very best to keep the Fresh Water Festival growing each year in our small town.

Several businesses and residents took time to decorate floats for this year’s Fresh Water Festival parade in Princeton. 

Volunteers worked hard supervising the children’s games and made sure everyone was a winner. (Photo by Sandra Smith).