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Bellingham Days Builds to Successful Fireworks Finale

Aug 30, 2021 06:00AM ● By Pamela Johnson
The first annual Bellingham Days got off to a relatively slow start, although according to the nurses with the Curative mobile vaccine unit, it was quite busy on Thursday. The fair picked up on Friday, and then was very busy on Saturday, which can be seen by the steadily increasing sales receipts for the 3-day event.
“Thursday was the first and slowest day; it got busier on Friday, and was very busy on Saturday. Gross ride sales were $6,000 on Thursday, $12,000 on Friday, and $35,000 on Saturday,” said Town Administrator Denis Fraine. “The golf tournament raised in over $2,000.”
Twenty percent of the gross sales (or $10,500) will be divided among town organizations such as the Veteran’s and Memorial Day Committee, Senior Center, and others.

According to Fraine, the concert and fireworks finale went extremely well. “I would estimate 1,500-2,000 people attended the fireworks. We had a lot of very positive feedback and we do plan to do a similar event next year on the same weekend. We had much more of a ‘hometown’ feel to the weekend as opposed to the somewhat overwhelming July 4th crowds,” he noted.

Although a final decision has not yet been made, the Bellingham Days organizers are considering all feedback and early opinions seem to indicate that the community prefers this type of celebration as opposed to the July 4th event.

State Rep. Mike Soter said: “I’m so grateful to see that Bellingham Days was a success. The collaborative efforts by the Selectboard, Town Administrator, Library, and others were outstanding. After a long wait, I was thrilled to see the field filled with residents again. I hope this becomes a tradition every year.”

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