Lob­ster Car­ni­val draws rave re­views

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Two thumbs up and a snap for the out­stand­ing 2015 Sum­mer­side Lob­ster Fes­ti­val.

In my opin­ion this year’s Lob­ster Fes­ti­val was sec­ond to none through­out the is­land.

It was a fam­ily friendly venue pro­vid­ing some­thing for ev­ery­one: pa­rade/Aca­dian Day, Mi’Kmaq Cul­tural Day, Celtic Day and the Di­verseCity Fes­ti­val.

There were lob­ster din­ners, fid­dling, step danc­ing, amuse­ment rides, rock con­certs and a beach vol­ley­ball tour­na­ment all hosted at Green’s Shore.

I took in the youth ta­lent search, which fea­tured sev­eral ris­ing star con­tes­tants vy­ing for a $300 prize fol­lowed by an en­er­getic first-rate per­for­mance from the de­light­ful Meghan Blan­chard — sport­ing table­cloth weights to keep her dress re­spectable.

The Small Halls con­certs were out­stand­ing, show­cas­ing a va­ri­ety of P.E.I.’s sea­soned amaz­ing ta­lent.

It was a treat to em­brace the va­ri­ety of cul­tures, cus­toms and scrumptious food that the Di­verseCity Cel­e­bra­tion had to of­fer right here in Sum­mer­side.

Un­for­tu­nately the weather was wet and cold. I sug­gest that the main stage ac­tiv­i­ties have an al­ter­nate plan to re­lo­cate to the in­door venue (where the ground was cov­ered with ply­wood — avoid­ing a mud bowl) in the event of prospec­tive un­con­trol­lable weather events.

All told the 2015 Sum­mer­side Lob­ster Fes­ti­val was a well or­ga­nized ma­jor suc­cess and I con­sider it hands down a must-do premier event on P.E.I. for fu­ture sum­mers. Georgina Markov Birch Hill

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