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Weekend party goes off 'without a hitch' in town

September 24, 2013

A carnival (above) across from the Gazebo in Arctic was a hit on Saturday and Sunday, bringing hundreds downtown to enjoy some of the town's 100th birthday festivities, which included a ball at the West Valley Inn on Friday night and fireworks the following night at Riverpoint Park. Jessica Boisclair. Daily Times.

WEST WARWICK--After months of planning, the West Warwick Centennial festival went off without a hitch on Saturday afternoon.

With the sun shining brightly, both locals and out-of-towners gathered near the Arctic gazebo between 10 and 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday to enjoy the food, rides and entertainment.

Barbara Tabak of the centennial committee explained that everything went smoothly in regards to planning and said that the setup of the festival “looks great.”

People began trickling in with their children at 10 a.m., she said, and continued to trickle in and out throughout the day.

She explained that one of the things she was most excited about during the festival was its raptor exhibit.

An organization from Westerly, Born to be Wild Nature Center, held a half-hour show starting at 11 a.m. where they gave a run down of what they do and showed off some of the large majestic birds they’ve saved to the crowd.

The husband and wife duo that shows them have been saving hawks, owls and falcons for 17 years.

“When falcons fall out of the nest and get hurt, the organization brings them to the vet to get medical attention and then they go to the habitat and rehab them before releasing them into the wild again,” said Tabak, who contacted them about doing a show at the centennial festival.

Some of the birds cannot be re-released into the wild and those birds are kept at the center.

Vivian Maxson from the nature center explained that all the birds that remain at the center have cages that are 40 feet long and 20 feet high, giving them the opportunity to stretch their wings.

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