Gallery: Kid fun, sky-lighting fireworks display mark N.S. Days

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NORTH SMITHFIELD – Fears that rain would put a damper on the town’s celebration of North Smithfield Days on Saturday, July 10 proved unfounded, as residents gathered to mark the occasion with both a kids-focused day at the park, and an illuminating display of fireworks in a clear, evening sky.

The events, which took place at Pacheco Park and North Smithfield High School, were the latest marking the town’s sesquicentennial birthday. The celebration of the 150th anniversary of North Smithfield’s incorporation has been the focus of gatherings throughout the year, including three days of events planned for N.S. Days.

Two elements of the Days lineup – Family Movie Night and Dinner Under the Stars – had to be rescheduled as Tropical Storm Elsa brought heavy rains to the region on Thursday and Friday.

But on Saturday, despite some clouds in the morning, a walking tour of Slatersville and Kids Day went on as planned, with activities including bounce houses, face painting and a visit from North Smithfield Fire & Rescue Services. Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos made a surprise visit to the event, greeting families as part of her tour f Rhode Island’s 39 cities and towns.

At night, locals gathered at the high school under clear skies to enjoy what was originally set to be the grand finale, playing outdoor games on the expansive fields and claiming their space with lawn chairs and picnic blankets. Food trucks served up treats to the crowds, while kids took advantage of facilities playing games of basketball and baseball, while DJ Ray Arruga played popular tunes, followed by patriotic songs to accompany an impressive main show.

Girl Scouts Olivia Marcoux, left, and Melody Fontaine show off their skills at, “lashing.” The North Smithfield-based scouts won a competition against more than 70 patrols at the skill, which involves tying poles together to create a structure capable of holding a Dutch oven filled with a gallon of water.
Volunteers hand out balloons to visitors.
Ryan Denton works at the snack bar.
Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos, with Policy Analyst Billy Kepner, speaks with families.
Why not? Kids take advantage of the playground equipment during their visit.
A group with the North Smithfield Police Department’s Youth Explorers Program show off self-defense skills. The program, for kids age 14 to 21 is part of a community outreach effort that allows local youth to learn the basics of police work.
Camryn Girard shows off her face paint.
Sen. Jessica de la Cruz, left, stands with Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos
Guests find their spot in the high school athletic fields.
Sunnyside on the Street serves visitors.
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