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Steph MacDonald (left) and Baiden Landry take their turn on the zip line, which had a steady lineup all day long during Canada Day festivities in downtown Amherst.
AMHERST – Amherst came alive with a carnival-like atmosphere yesterday as thousands of people came out to celebrate Canada Day.
“The forecast we had for the weekend wasn’t calling for good weather but it turned out great,” said Corey Crocker, physical activity coordinator with the Town of Amherst. “The vendors are happy, the zip line was a big hit with the kids and the entertainment was fantastic.”
The festivities kicked off with an official Canada Day flag raising ceremony at Victoria Square.
“The flag raising went very well and it was good to see mayor, council and all the dignitaries here,” said Crocker.
One of the councilors in attendance was George Baker, who said he was pleased with the turnout.
“I think we had a bigger crowd this year than last year,” said Baker. “It’s great for our community and great for the town, and it’s great to see the people come out and support it.”
The company who ran the zip line, Glow Parties, were pleased with the turnout as well.
“We started at about 11 a.m. and went until 5 p.m., and we were going steady the entire time,” said Glow Parties employee Chris Coles. “This is our first year doing the zip line in Amherst and, if they want us, we’ll be coming back next year.”
Crocker said they would look at bringing them back next year.
“We can mark that off a success and we’ll evaluate it from there,” said Crocker.
People who made it on the zip line said it was fun, but Bryanna Fillmore would like to see a change to the zip line if they return again next year.
The thirteen-year-old said she stood in line with her friends for more than two hours and never made it onto the zip line because it closed a 5 p.m.
“They (Glow Parties employees) picked certain people to go on the zip line instead of who was in the line,” said Fillmore. “Next year they should have an area roped off for the line up so they can keep track of who’s in line first.”
More photos of the Canada Day celebration can be seen on the slide show at www.cumberlandnewsnow.com