Derby Line Day – a festival with knights, owls and balloons

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Alpacas appeared at Derby Line Day in August 2012 courtesy of Log Cabin Farms. Derby Line Community Day is an annual event, started in 2001. Photo by Richard Creaser

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Two junior members of the Nulhegan Abenaki Negonsibo Drum Troupe, Jade Petell (left) and Madigan McGregor, played a few songs with their tribal elders, including Billie Largy (right). Photo by Richard Creaser

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These stilts aren't just made for walking they are also fine for dancing as Steve Myott proves. Mr. Myott, making his annual appearance as giant Uncle Sam, dances to the music of Andre Geoffrey

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Emelin Scherbatskoy, one of the younger members of the Society for Creative Anachronism's Shire of Panther Vale, displays the power of a model trebuchet. The trebuchet differs from a catapult in that force is generated by the release of a counterweight. A traditional catapult harnesses the power of a twisted rope and makes use of a bar to halt forward motion on the throwing arm. Photo by Richard Creaser

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Travis Driver, age six, of Derby shows off the latest in balloon dinosaur headwear. The dinosaur sculpted hat was made by Buddy D. Clown. Photo by Richard Creaser

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One of the more unusual events at Saturday's eleventh annual Derby Line Community Day was the knights vs. firemen challenge. Perhaps as a response to the day's punishing heat, James E. Tazelaar (left) of the Society for Creative Anachronism's Shire of Panther Vale, decked out in full Medieval battle garb took on the 120-pound pressure of the Derby Line Volunteer Fire Department's hose. Representing the noble fire department, were firefighters (from left to right) Brian Dubois, Dan Daggett, Dave Patneaude, and Tanner Jacobs. Photo by Richard Creaser

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Deslandes Blue Wave Tae Kwon Do Academy students got their kicks, sometimes literally, demonstrating their talents at Derby Line Community Day. James Miller (left) holds the paddles while Matt Lyon lands a powerful kick. Photo by Richard Creaser

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Vermont Institute of Natural Science Environmental Educator Emma Brinley-Buckley imitates one of the two calls that native Vermont hooting owls make under the not so watchful eye of a great horned owl.

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Andrew Liptak of Burlington (left) took on the role of an imperial stormtrooper out of Star Wars while Ernst Peters (foreground right) of Montreal dressed as an imperial fleet trooper. In the background are Marie-Claude Dion as Princess Leia and Chantal Brodeur as an imperial gunner. Both are from Montreal. Mr. Liptak is a member of the 501st Legion New England Garrison while Mr. Peters, Ms. Dion and Ms. Brodeur are from the Escadron Forteresse Impériale. The 501st Legion is a worldwide organization whose members portray Star Wars characters at public and charity events in order to share their love of the Star Wars universe with fellow enthusiasts. Photo by Richard Creaser

Alpacas appeared at Derby Line Day in August 2012 courtesy of Log Cabin Farms.  Derby Line Community Day is an annual event, started in 2001.  Photo by Richard CreaserTwo junior members of the Nulhegan Abenaki Negonsibo Drum Troupe, Jade Petell (left) and Madigan McGregor, played a few songs with their tribal elders, including Billie Largy (right).  Photo by Richard CreaserThese stilts aren't just made for walking they are also fine for dancing as Steve Myott proves.  Mr. Myott, making his annual appearance as giant Uncle Sam, dances to the music of Andre GeoffreyEmelin Scherbatskoy, one of the younger members of the Society for Creative Anachronism's Shire of Panther Vale, displays the power of a model trebuchet.  The trebuchet differs from a catapult in that force is generated by the release of a counterweight.  A traditional catapult harnesses the power of a twisted rope and makes use of a bar to halt forward motion on the throwing arm.  Photo by Richard CreaserTravis Driver, age six, of Derby shows off the latest in balloon dinosaur headwear.  The dinosaur sculpted hat was made by Buddy D. Clown.  Photo by Richard CreaserOne of the more unusual events at Saturday's eleventh annual Derby Line Community Day was the knights vs. firemen challenge.  Perhaps as a response to the day's punishing heat, James E. Tazelaar (left) of the Society for Creative Anachronism's Shire of Panther Vale, decked out in full Medieval battle garb took on the 120-pound pressure of the Derby Line Volunteer Fire Department's hose.  Representing the noble fire department, were firefighters (from left to right) Brian Dubois, Dan Daggett, Dave Patneaude, and Tanner Jacobs.  Photo by Richard CreaserDeslandes Blue Wave Tae Kwon Do Academy students got their kicks, sometimes literally, demonstrating their talents at Derby Line Community Day.  James Miller (left) holds the paddles while Matt Lyon lands a powerful kick.  Photo by Richard CreaserVermont Institute of Natural Science Environmental Educator Emma Brinley-Buckley imitates one of the two calls that native Vermont hooting owls make under the not so watchful eye of a great horned owl.Andrew Liptak of Burlington (left) took on the role of an imperial stormtrooper out of Star Wars while Ernst Peters (foreground right) of Montreal dressed as an imperial fleet trooper.  In the background are Marie-Claude Dion as Princess Leia and Chantal Brodeur as an imperial gunner.  Both are from Montreal.  Mr. Liptak is a member of the 501st Legion New England Garrison while Mr. Peters, Ms. Dion and Ms. Brodeur are from the Escadron Forteresse Impériale.  The 501st Legion is a worldwide organization whose members portray Star Wars characters at public and charity events in order to share their love of the Star Wars universe with fellow enthusiasts.  Photo by Richard Creaser
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