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“Rally for the Valley” to Promote Blackstone Valley as a National Park

Thursday, May 31, 2012

 

The event will be held at River Bend Farm in Uxbridge.

It has been nearly eight months since the Blackstone Valley National Historic Park initiative was introduced to Congress, but the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce wants to keep it fresh in everyone's mind.

To do that, and to raise more awareness of Blackstone Valley's bid to become a National Park, the Chamber is hosting "Rally for the Valley" Friday at the River Bend Farm Visitors Center in Uxbridge.

"Becoming a National Park would obviously be great for the notoriety and ability to receive government funding," Jeannie Hebert of the Chamber of Commerce said. "But it's really about Blackstone Valley being steeped in history and having a great deal of significance."

The event, scheduled to run from 3:30 to 7 pm on Friday, is a bi-state initiative that will feature members of Congress from both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The hope is that, by making Blackstone Valley a National Park, the states will be better able to protect its natural resources, as well as use that notoriety to stimulate the regional economy.

Photo by Belinda Mazur.

"Rally for the Valley" is a family friendly event that will feature over 40 vendor tables, kayaking, biking wagon rides, and visits from different children's characters.

"I was just informed that it's actually Smokey Bear, and not Smokey the Bear. I just found out he has no middle name," Hebert said with a chuckle. "We're actually going to have the three bears with Orson the Polar Bear from Polar Beverages and Paws the Pawsox mascot. It should be a lot of fun."

The USAF Band of Liberty Brass Quintet is set to perform and The Veterans Inc. Color Guard will make a presentation representing all branches of the armed forces. "Rally in the Valley" is free and open to the public. In fact, picnicking in the beautiful scenery is encouraged.

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