Food, fun, festivities mark 150 years for Sprague

By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Sprague - posted Tue., Aug. 2, 2011
(L-r) Christine, 8, Lacey, 10 and Jennifer, 6, sport kitty faces at Sprague's 150th anniversary carnival. Photos by Janice Steinhagen.
(L-r) Christine, 8, Lacey, 10 and Jennifer, 6, sport kitty faces at Sprague's 150th anniversary carnival. Photos by Janice Steinhagen.

A community-wide celebration that spanned a full weekend served to mark a century and a half of Sprague history on July 29-31.
Live music, carnival rides, fireworks and special programs occupied Blanchette Field throughout the weekend. Local agencies and businesses plied their wares, as skateboarders showed off their skills at the town’s adjacent skate park.

While no one came forward to enter the Miss Queen of Sprague contest, a queen of yesteryear was honored instead. Diane Blais Lucarelli, the town’s 1961 Centennial Queen, received another tiara and bouquet in recognition of her past honor.

Down the road at River Park, living history re-enactors demonstrated skills from another era, including blacksmithing, sewing and traditional music.

First Selectman Catherine Osten said that “a couple thousand” people participated in the weekend’s events, which also included a 2.4- and 4.8-K road race and the monthly installment of “Ride the Shetucket” for kayakers, canoeists and tubers.

Months of planning went into the event. “I think it was worth it,” Osten said.


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