‘ They had the bestest prizes ever’

Kids, fam­i­lies have fun at Bay Days sum­mer fes­ti­val

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY LAURA JEAN GRANT

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.”

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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.

McIntyre

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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.

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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.

LAURA JEAN GRANT/CAPE BRE­TON POST

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.

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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.

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