HERSEY — A few sprinkles couldn’t dampen the celebration as summer was welcomed to Hersey Saturday with the arrival of the annual Hersey Heritage Days event.
As morning events began including a dedication of a new library nook in the village and a parade along Main Street, the sky was gray and the rain arrived.
However, that didn’t stop the party as some dedicated Hersey-ites and visitors greeted the parade with the smiles of a warm summer sun.
Those who stayed were rewarded, as just as the parade of walkers, floats and vehicles ended the parade from Main Street down to the Blodgett Landing Campground, the skies parted just as the afternoon festivities began.
At the park and campground along the park in Hersey, people gathered as the weather warmed and the sun came out, making it clear summer had, in fact, arrived in the village.
The campground came alive with the sound of live music and games, in addition to vendors like local small farmer’s markets. Kids were entertained by some fun games and prizes, while over by the picnic area, tables were filled with those enjoying the annual barbecue rib dinner.
Prepared by local chefs and volunteers as a fundraiser for the Hersey United Methodist Church, the meal of ribs and potato salad sure tasted like summer, and all agreed that the event brought out the best of the people of Osceola County’s tiny village with a big heart.