John Silvis, vice president of the Corry Historical Society, could hardly believe the steady stream of people that were in and out of the Corry Historical Museum, Mead Avenue, Sunday afternoon.
Not only was the museum open to visitors as part of the annual Glenn Mead Day, but a Chinese auction was held there, with proceeds benefiting the historical society. The Chinese auction brought in about $70 Silvis said.
“That will help us pay our utility bills,” Silvis said.
Silvis said he was “impressed” by the number of people who visited the museum, most of whom participated in the Chinese auction. About 50 people came in during the six hours the museum was open.
“It was busy,” Silvis said. “The weather was bad last year, but this year it worked out really well.”
Silvis said the traffic of people in and out of the museum stayed steady right up until closing at 4 p.m., when other Glenn Mead Day activities came to a close.
“People had questions they were asking,” Silvis said. “We didn’t close until they were done.”
In the meantime, just across the lawn at Mead Park, several activities were taking place, from a car cruise-in to food vendors to a petting zoo.
Julia Shrout, 7, the daughter of Amy Shrout, had entered her 3-year-old papillon, Motley, in the Picture Perfect Pet Contest. Motley was one of nine pets whose picture appeared on a coffee can. Votes for your favorite were a penny each.
In the end, Motley won the contest, earning a total of $23.08. Julia won a $20 gift card to Walmart for having the most “picture perfect” pet.
She also got to choose an organization that would benefit from the entire proceeds from the contest. Julia designated the Humane Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania as the recipient of the $68.41 collected.
Cyndee Holton’s West Highland terrier, Zoey Starr, received the second-highest vote total, and Connie Maryott’s bichon frisés, Buddy and Joey, earned the third-highest vote total of the nine entrants.
Bill Sibble, manager for Mead Park, called Sunday’s one-day festival “one of the best in many years.”
“There was quite a bit to do,” Sibble said. “There was something for everyone.”
The annual Glenn Mead Day is organized as a day for people to enjoy Mead Park. The event is free. Patrons may take their own picnic lunch, or purchase lunch from one of the several food vendors.
There are also free horse-drawn wagon rides for patrons each year of the annual event.
This year, food vendors included the Corry Memorial Hospital Auxiliary selling sloppy joes and Stanford Hose Co.’s hot-dog sale, both as fundraisers. There were also hot-sausage sandwiches, fries, and ox roast sandwiches from which to choose.
And you couldn’t help but notice the many colorful classic and antique vehicles that were spread out over two lawns.
Sibble said more than 125 vehicles were registered.
“There were not only cars, but motorcycles and snowmobiles,” Sibble said. “And there was turnaround. Some would leave and others would come in.”
Crafters included everything from a booth where you could book a chocolate candy party to a crafter selling fluffy flip-flops.
“There were a large amount of crafters,” Sibble said. “Some said they did really well (with sales,) others said they had orders taken.”
The Petting Zoo was also popular, especially with the youth, who could pet and feed the curious goats.
And speaking of pets, Alice Lake was the place to be for the third annual duck race.
Ducks could be purchased for $5 each. The event, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, pitted yellow rubber ducks against each other in a swim (with a little coaxing) across a section of the lake. The first duck to reach the shore brought the lucky ticket holder $250 in cash.
This year’s winner was Bruce Jaquith. The second duck to come in belonged to Bruce Kaufman, who won a $100 gift card. Vicki Gates held the third-place duck ticket. She won a $50 U.S. Savings Bond.
More lucky ducks will be announced in Tuesday’s Journal.