The 250th Committee is thinking about adopting—and slightly modifying—the Post Office’s motto for our own: neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night stays these committee members from their appointed celebrations!
After a day of glorious fall weather, who would have thought that our parade would be marching through wind and rain? As if having Hurricane Irene bear down on our Block Party in August wasn’t enough, our hearty band of parade revelers preserved through the sudden squall on Saturday afternoon to be rewarded by the cheers of a couple thousand people who had lined the parade route.
Thanks to all who made this last event of the 250th celebration a success.
Lt. Bill Connor, Chief Rich O’Brien, and the Goffstown Fire Department helped coordinate the event, drafted and enforced safety regulations, rounded up their colleagues from surrounding communities, and brought a huge contingent of fire trucks to participate in the parade.
Bobby Marcoux and the Goffstown Police Department provided the logistics that allowed us to hold the parade. A special shout-out to Tom Hammond and Kerry Steckowych for leading the parade and bringing up the rear, respectively.
Members of the 250th Committee who marched in the parade included Judy Leclerc, Marie Boyle, Leslie and Doug Doster, Meg Cronin, Sue Soule, and Colleen Charest. Diane Ryan brought her beautiful 250th cake to the parade too for one last public viewing. And Colonial Tim (Tim Hogan) finally got to ring his bell to his heart’s delight!
Selectmen Dave Pierce, Steve Fournier, and Nick Campasano joined us as well and kept up the spirits of those of us at the front of the parade when the rain came down.
Goffstown Challenge winners Mike and Sally Smith and Tracy Wyman also joined in the parade, Mike and Sally from their mustang and Tracy up front holding the 250th banner.
A special thank you to 250th Committee member Carole Huxel and GTV’s Pam Manney for capturing the event for posterity on film and video, respectively.
We also want to thank Sue Soule, Carole Huxel, and Jennifer Theroux for manning the 250th booth at the Pumpkin Regatta, even though we couldn’t get Jennifer to join us in the parade. Hope everyone got their 250th t-shirts before we ran out!
The folks at the Goffstown Main Street Program not only organized another stupendous Pumpkin Regatta weekend but also helped us coordinate the parade so the two events would work together.
Sousa Signs and Brown Graphix generously donated signage and banners for the parade.
Kathryn Fisher at Town Hall helped organize the parade and keep all the paperwork straight.
And of course, we want to thank all the groups that participated in the parade: the Goffstown and Pinardville Lions Clubs, the Goffstown High School Marching Band and some cast members from Seussical, Boy Scout Troop 99, Cub Scout Pack 99, the American Red Cross, the Goffstown Community Garden Club, Girl Scout Troops 11128, 22628, 11129, 20871, and 20744, the Antique Fire Truck Association, Goffstown CERT, Ameri-kids Baton & Dance Studio, Destination Imagination, the YMCA Allard Center, the NH Giant Pumpkin Growers and Goffstown Main Street Program, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Profile Automobile League, Merri-Loo Preschool, Rep. John Burt, the General John Stark Scenic Byway Commission, St. Matthew’s Church, Goffstown Christian Fellowship, Cornerstone Baptist Church, Friends of the Rail Trail, and of course, Goffstown’s own Grammy-nominated singer Judy Pancoast.
And thanks to everyone who braved the rain and was there to watch the parade!
Cheers, Elizabeth Dubrulle and Scott Gross
Co-chairs, 250th Committee