Coventryfest lucks out with the weather

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Coventry - posted Mon., Jul. 1, 2013
Talan comes back from a food booth with a refreshing bottle of water after spending a good, long time in the bouncy house at Coventryfest on June 29. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Talan comes back from a food booth with a refreshing bottle of water after spending a good, long time in the bouncy house at Coventryfest on June 29. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Catherine Stewart, who was manning one of the gates for Coventryfest on June 29, couldn’t remember exactly how many years the town of Coventry has celebrated the Fourth of July with a festival and fireworks at Patriots Park. “I’ve lived in Coventry all my life, and they’ve been doing it for as long as I’ve been alive,” said the young woman, who was enlisted as a volunteer because her father is a Knights of Columbus member. “Every year that they’ve gone kaboom, I’ve been here,” added Stewart.

This year, with forecasts calling for intermittent thunderstorms and rain dominating the morning hours, it was questionable, at first, whether the show would go on as planned on Saturday, or be moved to the Sunday rain date. Stewart said she had to work on Sunday, and a postponement would have necessitated her missing the show. “That would’ve made me very sad,” she said.

But, according to Knights of Columbus member Norman Landry, the weather forecast for Saturday looked to be the best bet for many days to come. So the commitment was made. As it turned out, the skies had cleared by mid-morning and remained clear through the end of the pyrotechnics show.

Coventryfest, which has been sponsored by the Knights of Columbus for the past five years, began at 3 p.m. with a festival in Patriots Park overlooking Coventry Lake. This year’s festival included food, inflatables, contests, a magician and live entertainment. The event culminated in a fireworks display, which this year Landry said was scheduled to last approximately 25 minutes.

Proceeds from Coventryfest, “are spread out among the charities we normally support,” said Landry, listing a Coventry High School scholarship fund and various church charities among the beneficiaries.


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