Youth talent rocks Days in the Park

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Story and photos by Heather Dilts-Baiano – Crafts, food, face painting, bouncy houses and music greeted the public at Days in the Park. The sun played hide and seek most of the day, but community came together to celebrate.

Dario Smagata, Ontario’s Jr. Citizen of the Year and member of the Coronation Ball committee, was volunteering at Days in the Park. He said he used to go to the Parade, but this year he was helping out where he could.

“The Festival brings out all of the positives of Welland,” Smagata said. “You get to see the parks and what people are making in the community.”

Smagata also said that planning for next year will begin right after this festival ends.

Welland Rose Queen, Meaghan Salmon, could be found fullfilling her royal duties at Days in the Park. She had to travel between the park and the fishing derby where she handed out awards.

“The Rose Festival gives people a great sense of community,” Salmon said. “It brings together talent and the small shops you wouldn’t usually see, the cool stuff they make.”

Music filled the air in the afternoon. Ron Whitman introduced the music. The Youth Showcase brought the three talent show finalists to the stage. Cindy Joung, 17, Cameron Lee, 16, and Bryan Marr, 17, each took a turn to share their music with the crowd. The showcase drew a large crowd who cheered and clapped after each song.

As Ron Whitman said, “The talent in Welland is on its way.”




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