CLIFFORD – Merriment was the order of the day on June 8 as the village of Clifford celebrated the anniversary of the downtown revitalization project of 2018.
Runners finished their 8am fun run and headed to Gramma Jo’s for the breakfast buffet or went to the Clifford Scale Trail to see the remote control cars.
Members of the Horticultural Society handed out free tomato plants and the Lions displayed their club’s initiatives. The Royal Bank gave away popcorn and Northern Flora had plants for sale. BBQ Bite was serving specialty smoked meats and fresh cut fries. Two bouncy castles were set up.
Ten-year-old Garrett Schouten set out a table of his Chuckles balloon creations and fun gifts for sale.
Minto Mental Health set out colourful chalk ready for decorating the sidewalk. At Demerling’s, you could hear honking horns as tourists sounded their appreciation for the collection of classic cars. By lunchtime, the barbecue was fired up and Dave Schmidt of Take-1 was singing familiar tunes on the patio at Jemstone’s.
People headed to the library to experiment with bubbles and the firefighters hosted their annual ball tourney. At nightfall, the Minto Youth Action Council hosted a movie at the Rotary Pavilion at about the same time DJ Cody Miller of Re-Pete had the tunes spinning for the Age of Majority street dance.
The Town of Minto and the Clifford Downtown Revitalization Committee hosted the event with sponsorship from the Clifford & District Horticultural Society, the Clifford Rotary Club, Triton Engineering, Moorefield Excavating, and support from a bevy of volunteers.