New Har­bour Grace fes­ti­val takes flight

Event shines a light on two his­toric anniversaries for town

The Compass - - News - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­

The Town of Har­bour Grace hopes a new fes­ti­val will get res­i­dents from the com­mu­nity in a cel­e­brat­ing mood.

The Pi­rates to Pi­lots Fes­ti­val runs June 29-July 3, fea­tur­ing a va­ri­ety of events over the course of five days.

The theme of the fes­ti­val reaches back to Har­bour Grace’s his­tory as a port where in­fa­mous pi­rate Peter Eas­ton spent a con­sid­er­able amount of time.

On the avi­a­tion side of things, Har­bour Grace is hon­our­ing two note­wor­thy anniversaries. It was 85 years ago on May 20, 1932 that Amelia Earhart left the Har­bour Grace Air­field to be­come the first fe­male avi­a­tor to com­plete a solo tran­sat­lantic flight. July 2 marks the 80th an­niver­sary of her dis­ap­pear­ance dur­ing an at­tempt to cir­cum­nav­i­gate the globe.

As for the lo­cal air­field, it’s cel­e­brat­ing its 90th an­niver­sary. The fes­ti­val will make ex­ten­sive use of that lo­ca­tion July 2 for a Cana­dian Op­er­a­tors and Pi­lots As­so­ci­a­tion event fea­tur­ing air­planes and he­li­copters from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“It’s go­ing to be a re­ally spec­tac­u­lar show,” said Natalie Austin, the town’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer, who also serves on the fes­ti­val com­mit­tee.

At 3 p.m., there’ll also be an RC plane show and kite-fly­ing event.

“We said, ‘Well, what is Har­bour Grace all about? Where’s our his­tory? Where do we come from?’ So that’s where the idea for the pi­rates all the way to the pi­lots came from, and it kind of in­cor­po­rates ev­ery­thing in be­tween,” said Austin.

The fes­ti­val also co­in­cides with Canada 150 cel­e­bra­tions

“We said, ‘Well, what is Har­bour Grace all about? Where’s our his­tory? Where do we come from?’” Natalie Austin

July 1. There will be events at St. Fran­cis Field, the li­brary and the Ma­sonic Lodge, plus a fire­works dis­play in the evening. A Me­mo­rial Day pa­rade to hon­our the Bat­tle of Beau­mont Hamel takes place at 1 p.m.

There will be spe­cial events making use of the new walk­ing trail in Bears Cove, plus oth­ers fea­tur­ing food and mu­sic. A pig roast at Ad­mi­rals Ma­rina will fin­ish off the fes­ti­val July 3 at 4 p.m.

Full de­tails about fes­ti­val events can be found through the Pi­rates to Pi­lots Face­book page.

We­blink: https://www.face­­ratestoPilots/


Town of Har­bour Grace eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Natalie Austin says the Pi­rates to Pi­lots Fes­ti­val is an at­tempt to reach back to the at­mos­phere of fes­ti­vals pre­vi­ously held in the town, while also of­fer­ing some­thing new.


The de­but edition of the Pi­rates to Pi­lots Fes­ti­val in Har­bour Grace will in part hon­our the 85th an­niver­sary of Amelia Earhart’s his­toric tran­sat­lantic flight, which started in the Con­cep­tion Bay North com­mu­nity.

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