Village of Hersey celebrates community during Heritage Days festival

HERSEY — A rainy Saturday morning couldn’t stop residents and visitors to the Village of Hersey from celebrating their community during the annual Hersey Heritage Days festival.

The day’s festivities began with a dedication to the little free library next to the Hersey Roller Mills Store.

Charmaine Lucas, library steward, explained the little free library has been a community effort since November with community members coming together to put up shelves, install lighting and donate books to the library. She said the goal of creating the little free library is to promote the love of reading.

“We’ve got to become more engaged with the world around us,” Lucas said.

Larry Trombley, owner of the Hersey Roller Mills Store and the cabin the little free library resides in, said, “Kids need to read, people need to read. We have our devices, but there’s nothing like the feel of a book.”

Although the library has been open since December, the dedication served as the grand opening to invite community members to take part in the take a book, leave a book concept.

After the official ribbon cutting for the little free library, families and friends lined Main Street to enjoy the Heritage Days parade. People cheered and caught candy as fire trucks and classic cars rolled by, everyone celebrating the close-knit community.

As the parade ended, everyone headed to Blodgett Landing Campground to continue the festivities, including kids games sponsored by the Hersey churches, live music from Smallmouth Band and a hula hoop contest.

Village President Robin Marvel said the Heritage Days festival is meant to bring the community together and let everyone relax and enjoy themselves.

“That’s the great part about small towns,” Marvel said. “The people that I know are not just friends, they are family.”

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