Children’s Games Held at Athletic Complex

Photo: The adults tried their hands - or would it be their feet? - at sack racing, too, much to the delight of spectators. (Submitted photo)

By Lura Jackson

While it isn’t uncommon to see an assortment of balls flying through the air at the Thomas DiCenzo Athletic Complex, on Tuesday, July 4th, the flying objects were a bit different. Eggs, Frisbees, and the occasional spurt of soda took flight during the annual Children’s Games festivities, hosted by the Calais Fire-EMS department. Rain held off throughout the morning, enabling the many participants and spectators of all ages from the community to enjoy the occasion.

“It was excellent,” said acting Fire Chief Ken Clark. “Everyone had a great time. It was another successful year.” Clark said that the games have been held by the fire department since the late 1800s. 

The games were numerous and varied. The event kicked off with a bicycle race from the skate park; then there was a three-legged race and a sack race. A Frisbee toss was held for the first time, followed by an egg race during which participants struggled to balance their eggs in their spoons. An egg toss enabled partners to attempt to toss eggs to one another from increasing distances without breaking them. Connor and Ryan Adams were standouts in their ability to successfully throw their egg much longer than anyone else. Two contests of consumption – soda and watermelon – ended the festivities. For most events, participants were broken up by age groups. Winners received $3 in cash while non-winners typically received $1. 

“They’re quick and easy games,” said Chief Clark. “We’re done early enough where people can go out and enjoy their families for the afternoon.”

A drawing was held for three bicycles, a subscription to The Calais Advertiser, and a $25 Dunkin Donuts card. The two bicycles for older children were donated by Wal-Mart while the Radio Flyer tricycle was donated by the Fire Association. Brennen Kerr won the tricycle, Rhianna Treadwell won the girl’s bike, and Jayce Raymond won the boy’s. Pam Fader won the subscription to the Calais Advertiser and Allyson Parks won the Dunkin Donuts gift card.  

Donors from the local community came out in droves to support the event. Donations were provided from Freshies On the Run, Hardwickes, The Calais Advertiser, A & E Plumbing, Rick’s Can and Bottle, Eastern ME Appliance, WQDY, Calais ACE, Flowers by Janie, The First, International Motel, Roger’s Auto Sales, Tammi Smith Accounting, PCT Communications, Mardens, Karen’s Diner patrons, John Churchill, Rite-Aid, Ben’s Fuzzy Butz, Bell’s IGA, Tradewinds Shop n’ Save, Dunkin Donuts, and Calais Screen Printing. “If it weren’t for the local businesses, we wouldn’t be able to put the games on,” acknowledged Chief Clark. 

Celebrating his victory in the watermelon eating contest is John P. (Photo by Lura Jackson)