Huntingville crew rides to glory – again!
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!
This nice catch of a lobster, played by Huntingville’s Brianna Bouchard, helped turn this Canada Day float into a winner.