St. Peter’s hosts festival
Pageant, food, races all part of Nicolas Denys Days
The annual Nicolas Denys Days Festival has arrived and is packed full of events that the whole family will enjoy.
The festival started on July 27 and will run until Sunday.
The festival has hosted a number of events during the week, some new and some oldtime favourites that have drawn visitors from near and far. And there are still three more days of great events planned.
Today sailing enthusiasts will enjoy viewing the Wallace MacAskill Cup warm-up race, which will take place from the St. Peter’s Marina at 2 p.m. At 6 p.m., there will be a Little Mer- maid princess pageant at the St. Peter’s Lions Hall for children 5-6 and 7-8 years of age. Admission is a silver donation with the money donated to Autism Nova Scotia.
There will be one winner selected from each age category. Winners of the Little Mermaid princess pageant will be fea- tured on the Sisters by the Sea Spa float in the Nicolas Denys Days Parade.
On Saturday, visitors can spend time with local residents at the parish breakfast from 810 a.m. at the St. Peter’s Lions Hall. After breakfast you can watch the slopitch ball tournament running throughout the day or bring the children to Rankin’s Pond for the under-10 fishing derby from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
If you enjoy sailing you may want to watch the start of the Wallace MacAskill Cup race at 10 a.m. from the St. Peter’s Marina.
And after taking in all those events you will want to have a snack and show your support for minor baseball by taking in the East Coast Credit Union barbecue as they raise money for Richmond Minor Baseball from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Festival events on Sunday will include a 5-km run at 8 a.m, the parish potluck dinner at 11:30 a.m. and the festival parade at 1:30 p.m. sharp followed by Swim the Canal.
Swim the Canal is back again and this year it is playing an important role in raising money for the save the Jerome Point Lighthouse project. To register for the swim call Ann Marie Kerr, 902-5353759 or sign up at Marsha’s Custom Cuts. Louie’s Cosy Corner will have snacks available. The starting location for the event is the lockhouse at the St. Peter’s Canal. The charge for taking part is $15 per person ( family rates available). Put on your swimming gear and take the plunge in support of Jerome Point Lighthouse.