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Celebrating community at the 101st Capreol Days

Board chair Lynn Mazzuca reflects on the event's strengths and evolution

One hundred and one years older and wiser, Capreol Days returned to the quiet streets of Sudbury's railroad community this past weekend, with an even greater variety of food and festivities.

Year-after-year the event attracts hundreds, regardless of the weather said Lynn Mazzuca, chair of the organizing board of directors, many of whom lived in Capreol at some point or another. To maintain this popularity, Mazzucca said her organizing committee does all they can to ensure this returning crowd finds new, exciting activities suitable for the whole family, such as this year's escape rooms.

But Capreol Days is not all fun and games.

In addition to supporting initiatives such as last year's goal to install a sprinkler system in the community cemetery, Mazzucca said organizations are encouraged to use Capreol Days as an opportunity to host their own independent fundraiser. This year, that included a performance by Valley Community Theatre to support their continued operation. 

"We're a community in the sense of what real community means," said Mazzucca. "A community means helping each other and I think that's what Capreol's about and why people come and support - because if you need something, somebody helps you."

Mazzucca said this community support can be anything from the charity fundraiser held Saturday to support a community member diagnosed with cancer, to helping someone that's tripped on the sidewalk. 

"Doesn't that sort of tell you how things are here?" she asked. 

Having grown up in Capreol, Mazzucca admits she has a bias towards Capreol, but only because of the many fond memories she has had in the quiet community.

"That's what we're trying to create here, is memories for young kids as they go along," she said. 

Beyond that, Mazzucca hopes Capreol Days remains an opportunity for the community to reconnect with old friends and meet new neighbours. 

"I think that's what it's really about, just trying to bring people together."

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Keira Ferguson, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

About the Author: Keira Ferguson, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

A graduate of both Laurentian University and Cambrian College, Keira Ferguson is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter, funded by the Government of Canada, at
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