By: Alexandra Cowley
All suited up and ready to duel, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian put paint rollers to pavement all to kick off the start of Gaspee Days.
The neighboring mayors having some friendly competition to raise the 5–thousand dollars needed to give Narragansett Parkway a fresh coat of red, white, and blue for The Gaspee Day Parade.
Colonel Ron Barnes has been a part of the Pawtuxet Rangers for more than two decades.
"Gaspee Days is one of the first blows for freedom and it acknowledges one of the first acts of aggression in the Revolutionary War,"said Barnes.
Before the duel, Barnes read a proclamation: "I Ron Barnes, commander of the Pawtuxet Rangers, sanction this duel and call upon the mayors to step forward."
At the sound of the pistol, the mayors dipped their paint rollers and raced to lay a white stripe, well Mayor Fung raced, Avedisian took his time.
"Slow and steady always wins the race in my book," joked Avedisian.
Mayor Fung won the race, taking the title of Ranger Painter of Gaspee.
Fung laughed, "I had a very good breakfast, multi–grain cereal, and I think that gave me the energy I zipped off from the beginning and really got to that center line."
Avedisian said, "This is a great way to draw attention to what goes on and also to raise some money."
The playful duel may be over, but the competition continues online. The city to raise the most funds to finish the two mile stripe will get all the bragging rights when the Parade starts on June 8th.
To donate just go to gaspee.com and contribute to either the Avedisian and Fung Team.
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