Originally published in The Weekly Packet, August 7, 2014
Brooksville celebration brightens a gray Saturday
by Tevlin Schuetz
Brooksville residents and guests joined together in celebration of Brooksville Day on the morning of August 2.
This was the second year the party has taken place.
The main event was a parade, which snaked by Brooksville Elementary School, epicenter of the festivities. Featured in the line-up were: a bevy of floats pulled behind trucks—each created by a local business or similar group of like-minded people, old cars of varying degrees of upkeep, police and fire department vehicles manned by the appropriate operators, kids on bikes, smiling political figures, mothers pushing strollers filled with young occupants, ATV riders and pedestrian participants waving flags.
Frank Snow, of Brooksville, piloted his classic car, decorated with two red, white and blue ribbons.
Candy and water flew in all directions as the parade crept by. There were no injuries.
The caravan disappeared over the horizon but returned within minutes for a second pass by the crowd.
After deliberation, the judges of the Brooksville Volunteer Parade Committee, perched atop a flatbed, pronounced their findings.
First place went to Jack Pascal and Hunter Allen for their Tidely Idley Boat float, netting them a check for $100, which the youngsters decided to donate to the Reversing Falls Sanctuary.
Robert L. Gray Plumbing and Heating’s float, which was a water-spewing study-on-wheels of all possible leaks in household waterworks, came in second, earning $50.
Finally, Cape Rosier Boat Shop of Brooksville took third place and reaped $25 in reward, with owner Peter Chase stepping forward to collect and then quickly donating it back to the Brooksville Volunteer Fire Department.
Other opportunities for fun awaited revelers on this day: there were water balloons to throw and persons of responsibility to cast into the dunk tank. Momentary technical difficulties meant that Selectman Darrell Fowler fell repeatedly into a tank of bona fide Brooksville pond water. There were many wry smiles in the audience during this glitch.
Food—including hot dogs, pizza, cookies and other ambrosia—was provided by the Parents Teachers and Friends Association of Brooksville. Members of that organization manned their posts skillfully, responding to many hungry requests with calm precision.
The eighth grade class of 2015 had a table set up with goodies to raise funds for their activities.
Folks from nearby towns peddled their wares as well. Marty Clark, of Penobscot, brought rugs made from recycled fabrics and fresh vegetables from her farm stand. Another Penobscot resident, Judy McKay, offered shopping totes made from recycled animal feed bags as well as mittens and other knitted items.
The water balloon toss was freestyle, with people matching up with their partners at their own leisure and testing their nerves and their aim. Siblings, friends, mothers and daughters and other people faced off as the sloshing balloons arced overhead.
Event coordinator Michael Maynard had stated, “We’re certainly not canceling,” when asked earlier in the day about the potential for rain—and he was right.
Maynard added that the overcast offered relief from what would have otherwise been a hot day.