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Debbie Lingen

Verona News

by Debbie Lingen

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Published August 11, 2011

What a great Verona Cattail Festival !! Three days of fun and the weather behaved! Rain all around Verona and only a few drops reached us.

The Saturday morning parade was great fun. Verona and area really outdid themselves with creative dinosaur, dragon and duck floats. The grounds were packed with eager festival goers who were captivated with the musical entertainment and all the other activities.

One of my favourite moments was on Sunday afternoon during a new event, the Reverse Dunk Tank. The hapless victim, who volunteered to have two buckets of water dropped on him, was John McDougall. Tickets were sold beforehand and were then drawn (one ball for each ticket) to see who would throw the balls to soak John.. It seemed no one could hit the target. John cheerfully heckled all the ball throwers as each ball missed the target. However the look on John's face was priceless when finally one ball hit the target and a cascade of freezing cold water fell on John. What a trooper!

My next favourite moment was on Saturday evening as the Rattles playing a Beatles tribute. They looked and sounded just like the Beatles - even speaking with a Liverpool accent. The singing and the guitar playing were spot on. It transported me back to the 60's when the Beatles captivated us with their music. It infected the crowd with such enthusiasm we had to jump to our feet and 'twist and shout' in front of the stage.

A big thank you to the entertainment committee, Tom Revell, Jeff Babcock and Matt Clow who brought together 14 terrific bands and kept us thoroughly entertained for three days.

The Verona Community Association and the Festival Committee want to thank all the sponsors and donors who contributed to making this Festival a huge success. A huge thank you to Amanda Edgar and her student volunteers and all the adult volunteers who so eagerly gave of their time and effort. And a final thanks is given to the General Manager, Wayne Conway, who once again, after putting in many, long hours of hard work and dedication brought it all together.

And the fun continues! Music in the Park, a free summer concert will be held on Sunday August 14 from 2 to 4 pm at McMullen Park and Beach. Come and enjoy the lyrical voice of Low Raine as she sings music from the 60's to current. What a perfect way to spend a lazy summer day. This concert is a free event courtesy of the Verona Community Association. Refreshments available. Bring a lawn chair. Free admission. Free parking.

Debbie Lingen

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