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Annual Potter Days coming soon


August 25, 2017

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Potter Days Grand Marshals Arlie & Mary Ann Kasten

POTTER - The 86th annual Potter Days kicks off Thursday.

The four-day event features many community activities, Erika Revord, Potter Days committee treasurer, said.

"We're trying to bring back the old Potter Days, because it seems like there were more activities back then," Revord said.

The town celebration begins with the crowing of Miss Potter, and continues Friday with a home game against Hyannis

Following the football game is a glow run.

"We call it a fun run," Revord said. "It's not technically a 5K, but it's just short of it. Right after we run we have fireworks."

The theme for this year's parade is "Our Family of Minions."

"We're all in it for the betterment of Potter, and it's reflecting on all the volunteers and 'minions' who keep Potter going," Revord said. "We encourage people to dress up and if they're doing floats to take inspiration from the movies."

Saturday features a Show-N-Shine Car Display, and at noon a free barbecue.

"They cook the meat all night long in the pits," Revord said.

The highlight of Potter Days is the Legion Show.

"We do a comedy skit and it's something different every year," Revord said. "This year we're doing the Gong Show. We're encouraging people from the public to bring skits and they'll either go to the next stage or they'll get the gong."

The challenges that come with readying the annual event are made easier by quality volunteers, Revord said.

"It seems like every year everyone knows what they're doing," she said. "For the free barbecue we didn't have to ask anybody, they just come because they know what they do every year for Potter Days. Overall, it really is amazing how many volunteers step up."

Revord enjoys helping to continue what, for her, is a family tradition.

"My great-grandpa was one of the first people to start the (Potter Days) committee," she said. "They started doing it just to get the community out and together, to see your neighbors and your friends, and come out and enjoy the day with people you don't necessarily see on a daily basis."

She added, "It brings the whole town together, and you get the sense of pride of what we can accomplish."

All proceeds go to help local organizations.

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