---- — DERRY — Thousands of people were invited to celebrate the community and “Come See What’s New.”
The 24st annual Derryfest celebration filled MacGregor Park Saturday with vendors, organizations, visitors and entertainers — all out to honor the community and have fun at the same time.
From Rotarians to town officials, church groups, businesses and local Girls Scouts, everyone gathered in the park to celebrate Derry.
Performers throughout the day included the Red Star Twirlers, Dance Progressions, Stagecraft student musicians representing the East Derry School of Music, martial arts experts and a wild animal show hosted by returning favorite Wildlife Encounters.
The animal experts even allowed a giant tortoise to roam around MacGregor Park to greet visitors.
Prior to Saturday’s event, Derry Village Rotary Club members served up a free pasta meal Friday night at Pinkerton Academy.
Rotarian and Derry school Superintendent Laura Nelson said the dinner always draws a crowd.
“It’s an amazing turnout,” she said.
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church members hosted their annual early morning Derryfest breakfast, serving up about 100 guests and raising approximately $300 to support church upkeep and mission projects.