St. Peter’s hosts fes­ti­val

Pageant, food, races all part of Ni­co­las Denys Days

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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.

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