Soak­ing up sum­mer

Large crowds at­tend this year’s Lam­bert Todd Days events

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

Lam­bert Todd Days cel­e­brated in Re­serve Mines.

Pint-sized fu­ture fire­fight­ers braved fire hoses and ob­sta­cle cour­ses at the Ju­nior Fire­fight­ers Com­pe­ti­tion dur­ing Lam­bert Todd Days on Satur­day.

The event was spon­sored by the Re­serve Mines Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment whose mem­bers seemed to be hav­ing as much fun get­ting soaked as the young com­peti­tors. As the sun bore down with 26 C tem­per­a­tures, the chil­dren ran through a maze of tires, across a bridge and through a col­lec­tion of wooden boxes while dodg­ing spray from the fire hoses to get to the end where they got to use the hose for real.

Af­ter­wards, there were free hot dogs and pop and prizes for ev­ery­one tak­ing part.

It was just one small part of an an­nual event now into its 18th year.

For Ben Haigh­way, a mem­ber of of the fes­ti­val’s or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee, the com­pe­ti­tion is a fun part of the event.

“This is a big part of Lam­bert Todd Days where the youth get to try to be fire­men,” said Haigh­way. “We give them a lit­tle bit of train­ing - we give them a tour of the truck - we have a lot of fun do­ing it all.”

Lam­bert Todd Days is named af­ter Lam­bert Todd, the first com­mu­nity-owned race­horse in North Amer­ica, back in 1929. Be­side be­long­ing to the peo­ple of Re­serve Mines, the home of the co-op­er­a­tive move­ment in Cape Bre­ton, Lam­bert Todd was the first pacer to break the 2:10 record in Nova Sco­tia, with his fastest ef­fort clocked at 2:02 1/4.

The fes­ti­val fea­tures a full pro­gram of events in­clud­ing hockey and bas­ket­ball drills, a golf event, con­tests, get-to­geth­ers and a car show on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

“So far, we’ve had a won­der­ful turnout,” said Haigh­way. “We’ve had the big­gest golf group Fri­day that we’ve ever had - a big party Fri­day night - ev­ery­body was hav­ing a good time.

“So far, ev­ery­thing’s work­ing great. “

EL­IZ­A­BETH PAT­TER­SON/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Parker Boutilier, 5, of Glace Bay, gets soaked by a fire hose while tak­ing part in the Ju­nior Fire­fighter Com­pe­ti­tion at Lam­bert Todd Days, Satur­day, in Re­serve Mines.

EL­IZ­A­BETH PAT­TER­SON/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Fire Chief Gary O’Brien helps Dun­can Lloyd MacKin­non, 4, of Do­min­ion, cross a bridge dur­ing the Ju­nior Fire­fighter Com­pe­ti­tion at Lam­bert Todd Days in Re­serve Mines on Satur­day.

EL­IZ­A­BETH PAT­TER­SON/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Demi MacKin­non, 3, makes her way across an ob­sta­cle course made up of tires dur­ing the Ju­nior Fire­fighter Com­pe­ti­tion at Lam­bert Todd Days in Re­serve Mines on Satur­day.

Haigh­way

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