As abutters to the Swain Green, we were predictably apprehensive about having the carnival relocated from behind the high school to essentially our front yard.
We attended most meetings and, while many listened, we are grateful to Mike Newhouse for hearing our concerns. He saved the carnival by his proposal for a smaller carnival run by the town. The limited hours and a focus on kiddie rides made it a Wilmington family friendly event. The town hit the nail on the head with this. The low-key nature of the rides, music, lack of loud horns, etc., all contributed to a more relaxed atmosphere.
We would like to thank Chief Begonis, Chief McClellan and the DPW for the hours that they put in to keep this area safe and clean. We could see at least 4-6 police officers at a time, and 3 or 4 DPW workers during the entire event.
The Family Day held in the morning was perhaps the most well attended one that we have seen in our time here, and those who were there appeared to be having a wonderful time. The Fun on the Fourth members are to be congratulated for that.
Suzanne and Ron Crooker
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