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18-Aug-2017

Dundalk Homecoming a celebration of community spirit


Dundalk Homecoming celebration a success

A job well done for Dundalk Homecoming 2017 organizers.

Over 830 people registered for the homecoming, as well as a number of unregistered attendees.

Events took place over three days, August 4, 5 and 6. Registration kicked off the celebration with a teen dance, official opening ceremonies and Miss Homecoming competition with Georgie Reidl crowned Homecoming Queen. 

At 9 pm a pyjama parade led participants to the Community Centre with a dance for those 19 and over with over 300 participants.

Saturday began with a pancake breakfast, hosted by the Lion's Club.

A parade with 60 foats made its way through downtown Dundalk, on Saturday with rain not dampening the spirits of the crowd. The Dundalk Fire Department led the parade, the ensemble including a 1949 Dodge firetruck. A Shriners band and other floats followed. Bands entertained in the parkette and Community Centre. Over 600 people were served at the roast beef dinner at the Community Centre.

 

3 youth leading the parade homecoming dundalk

Three young people leading the parade in the rain which didn't dampen spirits.

 

Dundalk fire department tanker, parade

Dundalk Fire Department tanker truck.

 

 

Dundalk Fire Department's vintage 1949 Plymouth fire truck. Photo supplied by Jessica Fraser

 

Tiny car in parade.

 

 

Dundalk Homecoming Executive Committee (Pres. Warren Gilkes Driving, Vice Pres. Jenn Thompson, Secretary Vicki Singh, Treasurer Brenda VanAlstine accompanying him. Photo supplied by Jessica Fraser.

 

Bed races took place on Saturday afternoon. "A total of six teams participated in the bed races," said Amy Gilkes whose husband Warren Gilkes was the chair of the organizing committee.

 

 

Bed Race participants Dundalk Fire Department in the lead with "Old Blue" in behind, Photograph supplied by Jessica Fraser

 

Bed races with Team VanAlstine. Photo supplied by Jessica Fraser.

Bed race winners were 1st place Old Blue; 2nd place Dundalk Fire Department; 3rd place Team Bradley.

 

 

Closing Ceremony fireworks. Photo supplied by Jessica Fraser.

 

"The Dundalk Homecoming was well attended and despite rain Saturday morning, during the parade, the weekend went very well," Amy Gilkes concluded.

Dundalk Homecoming is held every 10 years.

 


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