The 2014 Collins Day Celebration was held June 28, despite predictions of nasty weather and complications from road construction.
Breakfast was served by the American Legion in the community center to a full crowd. The Wright Learning Center hosted a book sale and, for the first time, a display of historically significant items from Collins’ past.
The CAPOOT tractor ride was a great success again this year. “Threatening skies kept some away, but six dedicated men drove their 30-plus-year-old tractors on an enjoyable 28-mile ride,” said Dave Struthers.
The Collins Days Parade was a rousing success with over 40 entrants, including tractors, families and even a local motorcycle club. The Collins Library hosted lunch, and then the children’s activities began. The pits for the chickens were set up in the afternoon to prepare for the dinner and the clouds had yet to amass.
Pam Twohey, Collins Lions Club president, said, “We started at 1 p.m. as we usually do, but it just happened that the chickens were done just in time. We just beat the storm. It turned out awesome. We sure couldn’t have done it without the help from the community.”
Just as the chickens were ready to be served in the shelter of the Collins Firehouse, the clouds could hold back no longer and the storms released. Most of the attendees were able to stay dry, but threat of inclement weather prevented some from attending. “It kept them in, but it didn’t dampen our spirits,” said Twohey. Over 100 prizes were awarded in the raffle and the rain ended just in time for the walk home.