Pinch hit

More than 1,500 din­ners sold Satur­day

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY CHRIS­TIAN ROACH chris­tian.roach@cb­post.com

Louisbourg Crabfest an­other suc­cess with more than 1,500 din­ners sold.

The town was filled with crab lovers from around the coun­try on Satur­day as the 25th an­nual Louisbourg Crabfest went into full swing.

The gates for the event opened at noon, and by 3 p.m. roughly 1,500 crab din­ners were sold. Spir­its were high as peo­ple talked about what they liked best about the crabs do­nated by lo­cal fish­er­men.

“I re­ally like shuck­ing them, I love shuck­ing the crab,” said Valery Bob­bett.

Frank Bruleigh, who has been com­ing to Crabfest for sev­eral years, said the fes­ti­val is his favourite in Cape Bre­ton.

“This is my favourite event, I love it. I don’t know, there’s some­thing about this town — it’s so down home and it’s real,” Bruleigh said.

The event is al­most com­pletely run by vol­un­teers. This year, the fes­ti­val and the town of Louisbourg re­ceived a boost from the Ren­dez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Re­gatta dock­ing in Louisbourg har­bour dur­ing Crabfest.

“It’s in­cred­i­ble this week­end hav­ing the tall ships. This is a big, big week­end for us, it al­most seems ap­pro­pri­ate to have the Tall Ships here in com­bi­na­tion with our 25th fes­ti­val,” said Jo­ce­lyn Horne, a vol­un­teer at the event. “There’s lots of peo­ple in the area so we’re hop­ing it’ll be the big­gest and the best yet.”

The event do­nates pro­ceeds to lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions and many ded­i­cated com­mu­nity mem­bers of all ages pitch in to make the fes­ti­val a suc­cess, in­clud­ing Joyce Mac­Don­ald, who’s a se­cu­rity guard at Crabfest.

“I’ve been here for the last 10 years, but the com­mu­nity in­volve­ment is un­be­liev­able. Lit­tle kids help with the garbage and their par­ents do the can­teen,” said Mac­Don­ald. “And it’s all for the fire de­part­ment and the ladies ax­il­lary — it’s won­der­ful.”

One of the peo­ple who re­spon­si­ble for Crabfest’s suc­cess is Leo Carter, the chief of the Louisbourg Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment and chair of Crabfest. Carter said this year’s fes­ti­val, like oth­ers, is great for the com­mu­nity.

“We are pretty suc­cess­ful and it’s the only time of the year the town is booked solid, es­pe­cially this year with the tall ships, the eco­nomic boost is just go­ing to be great.”

Louisbourg Crabfest wrapped up on Satur­day night with lo­cal tal­ent and a con­cert from the pop­u­lar band the Pri­va­teers.

CHRIS­TIAN ROACH/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Frank Bruleigh and Valery Bob­bet en­joy a plate of crabs at the 25th an­nual Louisbourg Crabfest on Satur­day.

Carter

Mac­Don­ald

Horne

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