Valley prepares for 'Devin Day'
DEERFIELD VALLEY -- Devin Logan is coming home.
"We're encouraging everyone to get their red, white and blue out and any flags or posters saying, ‘Go Devin!'" said Mount Snow Communications Manager Dave Meeker.
Those participating in the "Devin Day" parade on March 22 will begin to gather at 10 a.m. on Route 100 in the Deerfield Valley. Vehicles will start moving at 10:30 a.m.
The event celebrates Logan's recent accomplishments at the Winter Olympics, which were held in February in Sochi, Russia. She won the silver medal in freeskiing slopestyle.
Logan graduated from Twin Valley High School and was a student at the Mount Snow Academy. Currently, she is on the Carinthia Pro Team and will be watching the Carinthia Freeski Open on March 15.
For the parade, Logan will most likely be driving in a convertible to the Cuzzins Bar and Grill deck, located at Mount Snow in the base lodge area at the main face. There, she will be hosting an autograph session.
Logan will be followed by police and fire department vehicles from Dover and Wilmington. Deerfield Valley Rescue and the Moover will also be among the participants. All other vehicles must be registered with the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce and must be street legal. No walkers are allowed. The parade will go north along Route 100. Its starting point is to be determined. It will be posted on VisitVermont.com.
Meeker told the Reformer that people are encouraged to put together floats with a Team USA theme to celebrate Logan's accomplishments at the Olympics. Community organizations as well as local schools may have floats for the event. The academy and Mount Snow are expected to have floats made.
"Local area folks are really excited and proud of her success," said Meeker. "It's a nice way to welcome Devin home."
The event is being held on a weekend so that as many people as possible are able to attend. Meeker mentioned that school children can go because of its timing.
"We are working with Mount Snow to get banners made welcoming Devin home," said chamber Executive Director Adam Grinold. "Those will be displayed over the weekend, leading up to and during the parade."
Business owners can contact the chamber at 802-464-8092 to request a banner.
Traffic will only be stopped temporarily, when the parade begins. Vehicles will head towards North Access Road. South-bound traffic will be stopped when those vehicles go down access roads.
A police cruiser and Logan's vehicle will turn at Mount Snow's drop off center and all others will keep to the left, exiting the parking lot areas.
Back in 2002, there was a similar parade that celebrated Kelly Clark's Olympic gold medal. She was also a student at the Mount Snow Academy.
Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or email@example.com. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.
TALK TO US
If you'd like to leave a comment (or a tip or a question) about this story with the editors, please email us. We also welcome letters to the editor for publication; you can do that by filling out our letters form and submitting it to the newsroom.