It was a reason to celebrate Saturday as residents, park-goers, staff members and state officials gathered to recognize the 100th anniversary of the Borderland State Park mansion, which formerly housed Easton socialites Oakes and Blanche Ames.
"We are very fortunate that the Ames family had the foresite to purchase this land and manage it as a wildlife preserve," Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Edward Lambert Jr. said in front of a large audience.
The commissioner promised $500,000, courtesy of the state, to go towards restoring the mansion. According to the commissioner, the century-old building was in need of a facelift.
"When you get to be 100, who doesn't need a little work done?" he said.
The announcement was just another reason to celebrate, as park-goers enjoyed hot air balloon rides, pony rides, mansion tours and a a vintage baseball game among other activities.
Food stands lined the park, and bands played throughout the day while stilt-walkers and jugglers entertained. The day was also filled with Patriotic tributes, including the unveiling of five giant American flags that covered the park's fields.
In addition to Lambert, attendees included State Representative Geraldine Creedon (D-Brockton), State Senator Brian A. Joyce (D-Milton) and Parks and Recreation Director Prascilla Geigis, who spoke of fond memories growing up around the park.
The grandson of Oakes and Blanche Ames, Oakes Ames Plimpton was also in attendence.
"This particular state park is the jewel and crown of our agency," Lambert said.