‘ They had the bestest prizes ever’
Kids, families have fun at Bay Days summer festival
Everywhere you looked Sunday afternoon at Queen Elizabeth Park, there were lines of excited children waiting to participate in a variety of activities.
And it was much the same throughout the four-day Bay Days summer festival, which was set to conclude Sunday evening with a parade of sail at Glace Bay harbour and a fireworks display.
Alysha McIntyre, a member of the Bay Days organizing committee, was on hand at the Bay Days family fun day at the park. With hundreds of people milling about, McIntyre said the event was bigger than she expected.
“It’s great,” she said. “It’s a real family thing and that’s what we want. We have a couple of (inflatable) activities, a couple of carnival games, pony rides, laser tag, face painting, photography — a lot of stuff going on.”
McIntyre said many Bay Days activities were free and aimed at families. While final participation numbers weren’t immediately available Sunday, McIntyre described the turnout at all events as “unbelievable.”
“I’m really, really happy with it,” she said. “Everything went really smoothly.”
Glace Bay resident Jeannie Phillips and her two-year-old son Braeden were among hundreds taking part in the family fun day.
Phillips said they didn’t get to many Bay Days events but were glad to be able to make it to one on Sunday.
“I wish I had got to more,” she said. “It’s really nice, there’s a great turnout.”
Phillips said she and Braeden were really enjoying the day.
“It gets him out, it gets him seeing other kids,” she said.
Sisters Madison and Chloe MacNeil, and friend Chelsea Bonnar were going from activity to activity Sunday afternoon.
Madison enjoyed riding the bull, while both Chelsea and Chloe said their favourite activity was the beanbag toss.
“They had the bestest prizes ever,” said Chelsea.
Stacy Bungay took her two young sons to the family fun day.
“I just wanted to take them for something to do,” she said. “They’re excited.”
Bungay described it as a great community event.
“It gives the kids in the community something to do,” she said.
Bay Days included a parade, princess tea, superhero party, duck race, teddy bear picnic, scavenger hunt, yard sale, baseball games and several nighttime music and entertainment events for adults.
McIntyre said approximately 15 volunteers contributed to Bay Days and the committee is already thinking about next year’s festival.
“We know what we did right and what we did wrong, and the goal is to grow stronger every year,” she said. “Better than ever, that’s what we aim for every year.”
Five-year-old Liam White of Sydney tried his hand at bull riding Sunday afternoon during a Bay Days family fun day at Queen Elizabeth Park in Glace Bay.
Sisters Chloe MacNeil, from left, and Madison MacNeil, along with friend Chelsea Bonnar, had fun at a Bay Days event Sunday afternoon at Queen Elizabeth Park in Glace Bay.
Jeannie Phillips and her two-year-old son Braeden were among hundreds of people having fun at the Bay Days family fun day Sunday at Queen Elizabeth Park in Glace Bay.
Friends Aliyah Moores, left, and Taylor Smith tried their hand at mini golf Sunday afternoon during a family fun day at Queen Elizabeth Park in Glace Bay. It was one of the final events of Bay Days, a community festival.
Four-year-old Aiden Hurley enjoyed a ride on Goldie the pony Sunday afternoon during a Bay Days family fun day in Glace Bay. Danielle Hinchey led Goldie along the route.