Founders’ Days cel­e­brates 35 years

Plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties on tap for an­nual Shel­burne fes­ti­val

South Shore Breaker - - NAVIGATE ATLANTIC - KATHY JOHN­SON edi­tor@southshore­breaker.ca

There will be no short­age of things to do and see at this year’s Shel­burne Founders’ Days, to be held July 20 to 22 along the Shel­burne wa­ter­front on his­toric Dock Street.

New to the fes­tiv­i­ties this year is the Lit­tle Miss Founders Days Pageant on July 21 at the Guild Hall from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. This ac­tiv­ity is hosted by the Shel­burne Lions Club. Girls rang­ing in age from seven to nine will par­tic­i­pate in the pageant.

“We are re­ally ex­cited about the Lit­tle Miss Pageant,” said Shel­burne event co-or­di­na­tor Robin Walker, one of the or­ga­niz­ers for Founders’ Days. “It’s our first year of do­ing it and it should bring a lot of peo­ple.” He said it is al­ways a pop­u­lar event at the Shel­burne County Exhibition.

Walker said there will be a lot of mu­sic this year, in­clud­ing for the first time, the Yar­mouth Shan­ty­man, sched­uled to per­form Sun­day, July 22 at 2 p.m. Jamie Cot­ter, the Ragged Is­land Roost­ers, Matt Bone, Port Rose­way Strut­ters (Man­i­toba Hal and Jay Pilzer), The Poor­boys, Cut­throat Bubba & Friends, One Me­ter Up and Jes­sica Jür­gen­liemk are among the other per­form­ers who will take the stage at the Guild Hall dur­ing the fes­ti­val.

Also on the mu­sic front is Brian Nick­er­son’s Karaoke Show from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Guild Hall on July 20, fol­lowed by the first round of Shel­burne’s Got Tal­ent from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The fi­nal­ists ad­vance to Satur­day night’s fi­nale, sched­uled to start at 5:30 p.m. The stage at the Osprey Arts Cen­tre will be the scene for the Youth Drama Camp Per­for­mance at 2 p.m. on July 21. Tick­ets are avail­able at the door, $10 for adults and $5 for stu­dents.

For the kids, there will be face paint­ing, bouncy houses, crafts and games at the Shel­burne Mu­se­ums By the Sea com­plex through­out the week­end, and the Amaz­ing Mr. J’s Magic Show on July 20 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Guild Hall.

For those a lit­tle older, the Shel­burne Mu­se­ums By the Sea com­plex will be stag­ing her­itage demon­stra­tions with cos­tumed in­ter­preters at the 18th Cen­tury Life Ross-thomson House and Store, Char­lotte Lane, of­fer­ing guided His­toric Wa­ter­front Walk­ing Tours with mu­seum staff and whirligig paint­ing for ages eight and older.

For the ath­let­i­cally in­clined, Sou’wester Ath­let­ics is host­ing a Cross­fit Fun Run July 21, be­gin­ning at 173 Mowatt St. Warmup starts at 8:45 a.m. and the fun run at 9 a.m. Reg­is­ter on­line at Sou’wester Ath­let­ics Face­book page.

The ever-pop­u­lar washer toss tour­na­ment is sched­uled for July 21 start­ing at 11 a.m. in the Bill Nor­man Park. No pre-regis­tra­tion is nec­es­sary.

And for those who like to live on the edge, the lob­ster crate races are back this year, after get­ting rave re­views last year. “They were a big hit last year,” said Walker. Hosted by the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of the District of Shel­burne, regis­tra­tion for the crate races be­gins at 4 p.m. at the town dock, with com­pe­ti­tion start­ing at 4:30 p.m.

Other Founders’ Days high­lights in­clude a ven­dor’s mar­ket, pirates, Shel­burne Long­boat row and rides, the 18th Cen­tury Loy­al­ist en­camp­ment, the in­ter­ac­tive Abo­rig­i­nal Vil­lage, fire­works over Shel­burne Har­bour (July 20, 10 p.m.), break­fast at the Sandy

Point Light­house start­ing at 8 a.m. on July 21 and the Pa­rade of Lights on July 21 at 10 p.m. For a com­plete sched­ule visit www.shel­burne­founder­s­days.com/.

Kathy John­son/file

Some new and ex­cit­ing events are in the mix for this year’s Shel­burne Founders’ Days.

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