My town has an annual event called the Ice and Smelt Festival, there are many events and contests some of which include the Parade of Smelts, a best beard competition, bonfire and luminaries.
The smelt festival is derived from the tradition of ice fishing in shacks on the Cathance river and Merrymeeting bay that are popular in our town. There is also an archery event, which is organized by long time archer Carol Dyer.
Carol is an active member of Maine Traditional Archers and was generous in giving some of her time to organize and help many kids and adults alike give archery a go despite the cold, cold temps on Saturday.
It was great to see an event like this in our small town, many thanks to Carol Dyer for braving the cold and lighting up kids eyes as they released their first arrows also thanks to the Merrymeeting Arts Center for the Smelt Festival!