Fun for all

Coal Dust Days back for another fun-filled event.

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­

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.face­­link.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.

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