Our 3rd Annual Spring Fest on May 6th was a real success despite intermittent heavy rain all day long.  Sixty brown trout were stocked in the Butternut Creek early that morning and young anglers competed to catch them during the Fishing Derby.  To everyone’s surprise, not one of those brown trout was caught during the derby.  However, the Trout Unlimited organizers tell us that the thirty-seven participants mostly forgot their disappointment when prizes were distributed to all who entered.

Fishing derby                                                 Boat float

The Boat Float Race was an unqualified success with many youngsters building boats on site or bringing boats they’d made at home.  As you can see in the photo above, right, water in the inappropriately-named Dry Brook was running high and that made for some very fast races.  We’re looking forward to even more participants at next year’s Spring Fest.

In the first year of the firefighting competition, the Gilbertsville Fire Department won the Water-on-the-fire Speed Drill with an excellent time of 2:17.  That means that the four-member team raced out of their idling pumper, connected three ten-foot sections of hard suction hose, put that hose in the creek and drafted water using the engine pump, pulled one hundred and fifty feet of hoseline to a staging area one hundred feet away, then used that water stream to extinguish a flare sixty feet away, move the hose, then extinguish another flare sixty feet away, and they did that in just two minutes and seventeen seconds.

Fire-fighting competition                                                   Jazz band 2

The Copes Corners Park Committee would also like to thank the musicians who provided the musical accompaniment to the day:  Khalil Jade Carney, Briar Rose Fiddle Music, Cabral Gunter, Rylee Lum, Ken Held, and as you can see in the photo above, right, the Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Jazz Band.

We would also encourage everyone to stop by the park and see the new footbridge (photo below) which was built to replace the bridge which was washed away in the flooding of last August.  It’s a very stout bridge but was designed to be removable in case of flooding in the future.

Bridge and boat float

Our next planned event at the park will be the traditional end of the season bonfire around Labor Day.  We’ll post details here on the website as they develop.