Fes­ti­val epit­o­mizes com­mu­nity spirit

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - Shirley Fraser George White, Or­leans

The Ed­i­tor, On Satur­day, July 29, I re­turned back to my home town of Dalkeith, with one of my next-door neigh­bours here in Or­leans. The fol­low­ing is an e-mail he sent to me. I felt it should be shared with all those who worked so hard to make the day such a huge suc­cess. The whole day was won­der­ful.

A few ob­ser­va­tions re­gard­ing events up in Dalkeith. Yes­ter­day af­ter­noon (July 29) is an ex­am­ple how a small com­mu­nity such as Dalkeith, (pop­u­la­tion “a few plus a cou­ple more”) can suc­cess­fully or­ga­nize a small event with lim­ited re­sources (fi­nan­cial), no large com­mer­cial spon­sors and man­age to or­ga­nize a street pa­rade with vol­un­teer plan­ners and par­tic­i­pants. In do­ing so, it shows the col­lec­tive spirit of the to­tal com­mu­nity. I do not re­call see­ing one en­try declar­ing, “Spon­sored by,” but each pa­rade en­try was a dis­play of what or­di­nary cit­i­zens of the com­mu­nity wanted to show­case, be it dis­plays of his­tory, farm­ing roots, or youth of the com­mu­nity. As well, what would a pa­rade be with­out a march­ing band, horses and, of course, farm trac­tors? Of course, I sus­pect that some­one in the com­mu­nity has a di­rect line to the weath­er­man -- a per­fect af­ter­noon weather-wise for a pa­rade. Well done, Dalkeith.

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