Festivals a success
Organizers of the Northside’s two biggest summer festivals say this year’s events were a success.
Bill Weatherbee, a member of Bartown Days, and Eugene Ramsey, chair of the Johnny Miles Festival, both confirmed their respective festivals were well attended by local residents and visitors.
The annual Bartown Days Festival took place July 17-30 in North Sydney.
“Some events were way out at the park and the children had a lot of fun,” said Weatherbee. “All the events were successful for a different crowd of people. The beer pong tournament was very successful and the burger battle was a big hit, which was nice to see.
“It’s a lot of work and people don’t realize how much work is involved in doing a festival unless they actually do one themselves,” said Weatherbee. “We were hoping to make this year our best-ever festival for Canada’s 150th anniversary, but we lost a lot of funding, but it is what it is.”
Meanwhile, the Johnny Miles Festival took place Aug. 3-6 in Sydney Mines with many people lining the streets for the annual Johnny Miles Memorial 5-km Road Race.
“I think this year’s festival was fantastic — it exceeded our expectations,” said Ramsey. “All the events went off really well, so we were really pleased.
“We got lots of feedback from the public and it was all extremely positive, we never had any negative comments,” he said.
Despite the overall success, organizers were disappointed that the festival’s closing concert and fireworks were postponed due to weather.
The Johnny Miles Festival closing concert and fireworks will now take place Sunday with performances by The Family Tree Band and Alter Ego, starting at 7 p.m. at Pitt Street Ball Field in Sydney Mines. The fireworks are set for 10 p.m.
“I think this year’s festival was fantastic - it exceeded our expectations.” Eugene Ramsey, chair, Johnny Miles Festival