Party like it’s 2019
Now that was a party!
e biggest crowd since the Family First New Year’s Eve celebration started several years ago enjoyed music, skating, reworks and much more at the Amherst Stadium on Dec. 31.
Several hundred people of all ages took part in the two-hour celebration that culminated in a massive reworks display from the roof of the Amherst Stadium.
ere was skating in the west end of the ice surface, while the east end saw children painting the ice with popular Amherst band Second Toe performing. ere were movies and drawing in the heated meeting rooms on the stadium’s second oor and horse and wagon rides in the stadium parking lot.
“It’s great to see such a big crowd out
this year,” Mayor David Kogon said. “Last year, it was so cold that it might have impacted how many people came out, but this year the weather is perfect and the crowd is incredible.”
Kogon said he was thrilled with the number of children who participated and said the crowd is another example of the strong community spirit that has developed in the town during the last couple of years.
“ere’s a lot of positivity about Amherst and it’s something that’s going to feed o itself. We will continue to hold these type of family events throughout the year,” he said. “ey’re very popular.”
Next up is Amherst’s Winter Carnival in February that coincides with the provincial Heritage Day holiday.
Groups or organizations hosting events during the carnival are encouraged to contact Amherst Recreation to be included in the brochure and carnival advertising.
Four-year-old Serenity Terris paints the ice at the Amherst Stadium during the town’s Family First New Year’s Eve festivities.
Friends Piper Bouwens, left, and Cara Yorke skate during Amherst’s Family First New Year’s Eve celebration.
Fireworks explode over the Amherst Stadium during the community’s Family First New Year’s Eve celebration.
Members of Second Toe perform during Amherst’s Family First New Year’s Eve celebration. The band played during the two-hour event that included skating, ice-painting, movies, colouring and horse and wagon rides.
Steve Brown holds his son, two-year-old Jake, during the New Year’s Eve gathering.