Beverly-Waterford tradition continues
“It’s kids’ freedom,” described Chazlie Peterman, of Beverly as she prepared for the color run. “The homecoming is small enough that kids can run free and don’t have to be stuck to mom. My kids loved it, and now I have my nieces and nephews.”
For Susan Hupp, of Lowell, the annual event brings around familiar faces she doesn’t get to see as regularly anymore.
“It makes us feel united, you know? For the good of the community–that’s what the legion has always been about, and they do such great work in our communities,” Hupp explained before taking another food order in the park.
Meanwhile, young teens took the opportunity to run free with friends, sans the supervision of parents.
“I like the gambling, too,” said Kelson McCurdy, 14, of Beverly. “Beat the dealer is pretty fun, and the food here is good, too.”
But for two young girls at the festivities, calm and collected focus were their aims Friday.
Raelann Morgenstern, 8, of Whipple, was bound and determined to beat her older sister Paige, 11, in the 5-kilometer race put on by the Buckeye All-Stars cheerleading teams at the homecoming.
“Game on,” she smirked as Paige challenged her to the race.
And for Raygun Burt, 12, of Beverly, both eyes stayed up as she popped a wheelie on an antique tractor in the tractor pull held on Sixth Street.
“I’m used to it, we go pull tractors in the mud–I do it all the time, so it doesn’t bother me,” she said after driving her brother-in-law’s tractor.
Festivities will continue for one more night Saturday with the King of Asphalt tractor pull beginning at 5:30 p.m. and live music by the Palmer Brothers.
Janelle Patterson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you go:
• King of the Asphalt antique tractor pull starting at 5:30 p.m.
• Little Miss Homecoming announced.
• Live music by the Palmer Brothers.
• Raffle winners are drawn.
• Bounce houses.
• Children’s rides.
• Petting zoo.
• Food and ice cream.
• Carnival games.
• All events take place at Dodge Park in Beverly.
Source: Steve Wainwright