Organizers call Dickinson Days the biggest and best Manotick has seen
For the first time in four years, the village of Manotick hosted a Dickinson days celebration with no restrictions, no masks, and no worries of the COVID 19 pandemic.
The result was that Dickinson Days drew what organizers are calling its largest celebration ever.
The festivities started with a parade and fireworks Friday June 2. The crowd for the parade was what organizers called the biggest ever, with people lining Manotick Main Street several people deep. The fireworks to cap off the evening drew the largest crowd they have ever had.
“People are just happy to be back out and enjoying the community and enjoying Dickinson Days,” said Manotick Kiwanis Co-President Debbi Mulvihill.
If the crowds were big Friday, they were even bigger Saturday. The pancake breakfast drew a large crowd that filled the tent. The Manotick Kinsmen Alumni manned the grill and served up 550 plates of pancakes and sausages, the largest ever for the event.
There was entertainment on the stage in the tent throughout the day Saturday, while the annual market on Mill Street drew crowds that surpassed pre-pandemic levels.
“Everyone just seems happy to be a part of the community again,” said Mulvihill.
(Greg Newton photos)