Unsung Heroes Behind The Scenes Make Dickinson Days A Success

By Ralph Tweedie,

Manotick Kiwanis Club

Dickinson Days was once again a tremendous success. The weather was perfect, the parade and fireworks outstanding, the children’s events well received, and the entertainment Saturday and Sunday in the tent was a big hit. The craft market venders had a successful day. We would like to thank our many contributors and particularly the unsung heroes who have been supporting us year in and year out. They have earned it.

The longest running contributors have been the Kinsmen Alumni, who have been involved with the Dickinson days festival since 1978. They managed it until around 2010. They continue their participation to this day by organizing, cooking, and serving the Pancake Breakfast.

Kerry and the crew at Miller’s Oven precook the sausages for the breakfast. Kerry is a Certified Food Handler who is onsite every year to ensure we meet city Health standards.

Every year, Greg Newton has been the official photographer for all Kiwanis events and activities. He has been recording Dickinson Days for as long as Kiwanis has been sponsoring it. This is in addition to volunteering for many other activities throughout the weekend.

Finally, Terry McGovern has been the sound technician for Dickinson Days since 2012, always helping in the background. He has provided the audio for the Friday night parades as well as for the entertainment in the tent on Saturday. He has also produced shows in the tent on a Saturday evening or Sunday to exhibit local musical talent. This year, Terry and his band, the Retrosonics, with support from MACAW, sponsored a full afternoon on Sunday of music with local talent.

The dedication of volunteers like these over the years has been a large part of our success. They work diligently behind the scenes to make Dickinson Days an event to remember. Thanks Guys.

Featured Image: The Manotick Kiwanis Club and Manotick Kinsmen alumni work hard behind the scenes to make Dickinson Days the success that it is.

Greg Newton photo