Households flock to Caribou for a weekend of children’ actions

The just lately expanded Caribou Cares About Children pageant gave native households loads of causes to spend high quality time collectively.

CARIBOU, Maine — The just lately expanded Caribou Cares About Children pageant gave native households loads of causes to spend high quality time collectively.

From meals distributors and carnival rides to sports activities competitions, Teague Park was filled with kids keen for his or her final probability at summer season enjoyable earlier than faculty began. Parks and Recreation Superintendent Gary Marquis stated he and employees had already seen 1000’s of individuals Saturday afternoon.

“We have seen much more folks than final yr,” stated Marquis, as he ready to kick off Saturday’s actions. “Individuals have appreciated how a lot we’ve got to supply.”

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Carson Wells, 8, of Caribou passes the ball throughout Caribou Cares About Children. (Melissa Lizotte | Aroostook Republican)

Whereas Caribou Cares About Children has been a practice for greater than 30 years, 2022 marks solely the second time the occasions have been held for the reason that begin of COVID-19. Final yr, Caribou Cares was held along side Caribou Days and did not function 4 full days of kid-friendly actions like this yr.

On Saturday, these actions included the annual parade, the Aroostook County Firefighters rally, a bouncy home, the Aroostook Soccer League punt, cross and kick competitors and a double bracket cornhole event.

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Ten-year-old Jackson Belanger of Caribou (proper) tosses the bag through the Caribou Cares About Children Cornhole event. (Melissa Lizotte | Aroostook Republican)

Caribou boys Kyden Haines, 10, and Jackson Belanger, 10, met simply within the last spherical of the Cornhole event and in addition confirmed off their expertise in soccer competitions.

“I believe we’ll get a trophy,” stated Belanger, earlier than profitable the cornhole event with Haines.

The 2 buddies attended Caribou Cares with buddies Wesley and Everett Thomas, ages 10 and eight, respectively, their mom Paula Thomas and little sister Natalie Thomas, 3, who’re from Woodland.

Caribou native Paula Thomas stated she and her household had been having fun with the broader number of actions on the rec heart.

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Eight-year-old Zoey Baker of Caribou kicks a soccer ball throughout Caribou Cares About Children. (Melissa Lizotte | Aroostook Republican)

“There may be a lot to do. Each day we have come we have ended up staying all day,” stated Paula Thomas.

Kyle and Kasie Wells of Caribou arrived in time to look at their sons Karson, 8, and Kaidyn, 7, attempt to step into the footwear of older brother Landyn Sterris, 11, who performs for the Aroostook Soccer League.

The household was wanting ahead to seeing different Caribou Cares occasions, together with the parade.

“It is an effective way to hang around as a household,” Kyle Wells stated.

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Eleven-year-old Landyn Sterris of Caribou prepares to kick a soccer ball throughout Caribou Cares About Children. (Melissa Lizotte | Aroostook Republican)

Listening to optimistic suggestions like that from households has satisfied Caribou Parks and Recreation to proceed making Caribou Cares the most important space pageant of the summer season.

“Individuals love that we’ve got all these new occasions, so we’ll undoubtedly do it once more subsequent yr,” Marquis stated.

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5-year-old Connor Chartier of Caribou (proper) prepares to throw through the Caribou Cares About Children cornhole event as Zoey Baker, 8, of Caribou appears on. (Melissa Lizotte | Aroostook Republican)

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