CFD’s July 4th Games Still Going Strong

By Jayna Smith

These boys had fun racing to the finish line of the 3-legged race. (Photo by Jayna Smith).

Friday morning was filled with good old-fashioned family fun at the Calais Fire/EMS Association’s annual Fourth of July games. Held at the Dicenzo Athletic Complex, the fun and games provided is the fire department’s longest running community event—and easily the oldest running event in the history of the city, dating back to 1906, according to firefighter Crystal McLellan.

With approximately 65 children who came to participate in an array of games, ten volunteers from the association along with their families and friends assisted with the events. The four hours of fun consisted of sack races, potato races, 3-legged races, egg tosses, watermelon eating contests, and more.

Not only did all participants win a prize, each could sign up to win in a free raffle of a girl’s bicycle, a boy’s bicycle, and a tricycle. McLellan said the day’s event, in addition to the annual Easter Egg Hunt and the annual Christmas Party, is funded by donations and raffles held throughout the year.