May 23, 2013

In reversal, Windham's Summerfest is back on

News of its cancellation motivated residents to make the festival happen.

By Leslie Bridgers
Staff Writer

Windham's summer festival is back on, thanks to quick work by a new group of organizers.

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In this June 2010 file photo, members of the Kora Renegades make their way down the parade route as part of Windham's Summerfest. Despite early announcement, Windham's Summerfest is returning, organizers announced on Thursday, May 23, 2013.

Shawn Patrick Ouellette / Staff Photographer

The town announced in March that Summerfest was canceled because of a lack of volunteers.

That news, however, motivated other residents to step up, said Kelly Mank, who was among them.

"There was an uproar," she said. "This was the town's one big event."

Mank said about a handful of residents have done a year's worth of fundraising and organizing over the past two months, and the tradition will be revived June 22.

A parade will kick off the festival at noon, then music and entertainment will go until dusk, when there will be a fireworks display.

"How do we let something like this walk away?" Mank said. "This is for our kids, this is for our families, this is for our businesses."

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