Fun for all
Coal Dust Days back for another fun-filled event.
Children might want to dust off their goulish masks. Coal Dust Days is back and along with the old favourites are some new fun events.
“We have a Halloween in July this year,” said Joey Lever, a student worker with Coal Dust Days. “It’s a thing for the kids.”
The event is Sunday at the New Waterford fire hall from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
“Bring your favourite Halloween costume and join us for some fun trick and treat activities.”
Lever said the festival staples are always part of the festivities from the antique car show to the Susan Coombs Memorial Teddy Bear Picnic.
One of the all-time favourites is always Plummer Avenue Day which take place Thursday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and continues with a party with the Andrew Doyle Band from 7-11 p.m.
“It is a highlight, one of our biggest events,” he said.
“It’s the amount of people. There’s nowhere else close that can block off the entire main street of a town and have music and vendors and so much fun for the entire town. There’s thousands of people that walk the main street that day — it’s such a great thing.”
Lever said it is usually one of the hottest days of the year.
“We’ve only ever been rained out once in 32 years.”
He said a lot of work goes into the festival.
Co-ordinator Reilly McIsaac began working on the event in May, but the Coal Dust Days committee meets throughout the year.
“We never really start planning, we’re always planning.”
There are two students, a girl on work term from the Cape Breton Business College and six committee members. Lever said Cape Breton Regional Municipality recreation helps out as well.
Brochures detailing all the events can be picked up at most businesses in the community or view a list of events at https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10598 90024023755&id=13079939693 2827.
People can also call the Coal Dust Days hotline, 902-8624710 for information.
A Coal Dust Days crew was in a festive mood while preparing to build their beach theme float for Sunday’s Coal Dust Days parade. From left, Sara LeBlanc and Joey Lever, student workers, Isabelle Attwood, a member of the Coal Dust Days committee, Rebecca Antle, volunteer, Reilly McIsaac, co- ordinator, and Brooklyn Antle, volunteer.