Hunt­ingville crew rides to glory – again!

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Hat­ley

Hat­ley Canada Day pa­rade is, piquing the imag­i­na­tion of all float builders, even those who thought they had built their last float! “I al­most wasn’t

Ev­ery spring, the word gets out about what the theme for this year’s go­ing to bother to build a float this year, but then Pat Robin­son said we could do New­found­land for the float,” ex­plained Wayne Nut­brown about the prize-win­ning float that rep­re­sented the prov­ince of New­found­land as a Cana­dian Va­ca­tion, this year’s pa­rade theme.

“It re­ally was a Hunt­ingville ef­fort,” said Mr. Nut­brown, of Hunt­ingville, who built the float along with fel­low Hunt­ingville res­i­dents John and Pat Robin­son, Cathy and Syl­vain Bouchard, and his wife, Louise Nut­brown. They call them­selves the “Hunt­ingville Friends” and they’ve won the big prize, of cash and brag­ging rights, for their Canada Day floats be­fore.

Their New­found­land float was im­pres­sive, com­plete with a large light­house at one end, lob­ster traps, fish­er­men, and a large lob­ster at the other end! All built on what looked like a hay wagon, the base of choice for most float builders, and pulled by a shiny red, an­tique (or at least very old) Far­mall trac­tor.

Cre­at­ing a float from an idea can be a chal­lenge, but it’s not the only chal­lenge when it comes to en­ter­ing a float in a pa­rade. Like they used to say in the old days: “Get­ting there is half the fun!” “We were bring­ing the float down the 143 on Thurs­day, and we had to keep up with the traf­fic. The top blew off of the light­house!” said Mr. Nut­brown whose job had been to con­struct the light­house. “I had to re­build the top of the light­house on Thurs­day night,” he added.

Some­thing to keep in mind next year, come Canada Day: if you see a float head­ing along the high­way to­wards Hat­ley, don’t rush it and you might want to hang back a lit­tle!

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

This nice catch of a lob­ster, played by Hunt­ingville’s Bri­anna Bouchard, helped turn this Canada Day float into a win­ner.

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