Fes­ti­vals a suc­cess

Cape Breton Post - - News Northside/Cape Breton - BY JEREMY FRASER

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

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