Published: 15th of October, 2017 by Patrick CarpenLast updated: December 1, 2022 at 22:05 pm
On 15th of October, 2017, the town of Lethem celebrated its first even town week. A LOT of work went into preparations for this much anticipated and celebrated event. The Mayor and Town Council, backed by the Government, various Lethem Businessmen as well as community members poured a lot of time, money, and energy into upgrading the newly declared town of Lethem for this landmark event: the first ever Annual Lethem Town Week Celebrations.
Prior to the town week preparations, parts of the road along the main commercial roadway in Lethem was so badly deteriorated, with such huge potholes, that volunteer Remote Area Medical pilot Joe commented “this is like the Grand Canyon.”
Joe and I were driving down the badly broken road along the main commercial roadway of Lethem, just in front of Savannah Inn Supermarket, when Joe said “hold on there, we’re going through the Grand Canyon now.”
And indeed, that’s how bad the road was up to that time, but by the 15th of October, 2017, it was all flat and level, ready to give a red-carpet welcome to all visitors from near and far who would be visiting Lethem for the first ever Town Week celebrations, and not forgetting our Brazilian friends from right across the southern border.
The Lethem Town Week kicked off with a male and female all-ages bicycle race from the Takutu River Bridge down several streets to a finishing point in Lethem.
On the afternoon of the first day, 15th of October, 2017, was a road race, male and female separately, with prizes awarded to the winners.