Jeff Papows, chairman of Silver Oak Jumper Tournament, met with the Halifax Board of Selectmen to get the final approvals needed for the event taking place from August 16 through August 20.
Papows expressed excitement for the event, talking about how much different it is watching horses jump in person rather than on television. He said, “It’s not the same as being there; it literally shakes the ground.”
Papows also brought up how these horses are really athletes. He said the fences they jump over are 8 feet tall.
The Board of Selectmen also expressed excitement for the competition. Chair Thomas Millias said the event is consistently voted Halifax’s best sporting event.
The event takes place at Fieldstone Show Park at 21 Plymouth St. in Halifax. There is no fee for entry but there is a $20 parking fee.
Primarily, Papows was at the meeting to get a one-day liquor license for the horse jumping competition’s VIP section.
Papows said the VIP bar will operate exactly the same as last year. It’s only for Sunday where beer and wine will be available from 12-4 p.m. The Board of Selectmen approved the one-day liquor license.
Town Adminstrator Charles Seelig said he received a report saying many if not all the dogs at Tarawood Kennels have been removed. Jennifer Choate was given until August 11, 2017 to remove all dogs as the closing sale of the property is expected then.
The Council on Aging’s annual summer cookout will take place on August 16, 2017. The Board of Selectmen said to RSVP with Council on Aging Director Barbara Brenton.
Fall Mud Fest approved
The Board of Selectmen approved this fall’s mud fest event. It will take place on November 12, 2017.
Robert Bergstrom who runs the event said the corn maze will come down two weeks prior.
Appointments and Resignations
Emergency dispatcher Joy Firth gave her letter of resignation to the Board of Selectmen. Firth worked as a dispatcher for the town for 33 years.
“She’s a very special lady,” said Selectmen Vice Chair Kim Roy. “She dedicated a lot of her life to the community.
David Moore was appointed the town’s new sealer of weights and measures. Selectmen Clerk Troy Garron said he was very impressed with his interview.
Steven Hayward was also reappointed as Tree Warden and will serve a term lasting until May 16, 2020. The Board also reappointed Greg Cowen to the Beautification Committee for a term lasting until June 30, 2018.