Police Department fundraiser this weekend in Royalstson

  • Hayrides, a popular attraction last November, will return for this weekend’s festivities in Royalston. Athol Daily News file photo/Greg Vine

For The Athol Daily News
Published: 5/13/2022 9:52:03 AM
Modified: 5/13/2022 9:50:25 AM

ROYALSTON — Organizers of a two-day event to raise funds for the Royalston Police Department are hoping this weekend’s festivities will prove even more successful than the inaugural fundraiser, held in November of last year. Laurie Truehart, who initiated the fundraising effort, said last fall’s event — held on just one day — netted about $4,500.

Those funds were given to the Police Department to cover part of the $14,000 cost of putting four part-time officers through training which is required under the police reform act enacted by the state Legislature in early 2021.

In a March interview, Truehart told the Athol Daily News, “Saturday is going to be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.”

On Wednesday, Truehart said some 30 vendors have committed to taking part, and that a “nice array” of local artists would also be participating in an art show. Vendors will be placed on the common, while the art show is being held on the second floor of Town Hall. An artists reception, featuring light refreshments, will be held inside beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Vendors and artists will be present for both days of the fundraiser.

Local musician Ryan Hood will entertain the crowd outside from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and will perform again on Sunday at a time to be determined.

According to Truehart, representatives of the DARE program will be on hand, along with volunteers from the Monty Tech ROTC program. The Royalston Fire Department will have a table, and hayrides — a popular feature of November’s event — will also be offered.

A Police K9 demonstration is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday.

Food will be available in the dining hall on the first floor of Town Hall on Saturday. Truehart described items available as “regular lunch fare.” On Sunday, there will be a pancake breakfast/brunch, which is being put on by Truehart and other event volunteers.

Truehart added there will be raffle tables and a silent auction. All vendors are donating an item to the raffle tables as their fee for participating.

Sunday is National Peace Officers Memorial Day, created by proclamation by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. A ceremony in recognition of the day will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday in front of Town Hall.

In addition to raising funds for the Police Department, Truehart said the goal of the event is to bring Royalston residents together and to show local officers how much they are appreciated by the community.

Greg Vine can be reached at gvineadn@gmail.com

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