One big party

An­nual Mon­tague Sum­mer Days gets un­der­way to­day

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY DAVE STE­WART dave.ste­wart@the­guardian.pe.ca Twit­ter.com/DveSte­wart

For those in search of a fes­tive at­mos­phere this week­end, look no fur­ther than the town of Mon­tague.

The an­nual Mon­tague Sum­mer Days kicks off to­day and wraps up Sun­day night with the fire­works show.

“We want peo­ple to know that Mon­tague the Beau­ti­ful is the place to be,’’ said Coun. Wayne Spin, chair­man of Mon­tague Sum­mer Days.

“That’s the way I look at it. We’ve got some top-notch en­ter­tain­ment.’’

There will be mu­sic ga­lore on the water­front, be­gin­ning with the Mike Bo­choff Band to­day at 5:30 p.m., fol­lowed by Dy­lan Men­zie at 7 p.m. and Royal North at 8:30 p.m.

The Paul and David McGuigan Me­mo­rial Poker Tour­na­ment takes place at the Cavendish Farms Well­ness Cen­tre at 7 p.m. to­day.

Also on tap to­day is the Mon­tague’s Got Tal­ent Show at 7 p.m. at the curl­ing club. The fi­nal five fi­nal­ists will per­form on Satur­day at 4 p.m. at the water­front.

There will be a bouncy king­dom for chil­dren at the water­front on Satur­day and Sun­day from noon to 8 p.m.

There will also be pony rides. Pay $5 and ride as many times as you want.

And what would any com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tion be with­out pan­cakes?

The well­ness cen­tre will of­fer a pan­cake break­fast, 8-10 a.m., on Satur­day.

The big pa­rade be­gins at 11 a.m. on Satur­day. The theme is Blast from the Past.

“I want to get the mayor dressed up as Christo­pher Lloyd from Back to the Fu­ture,’’ Spin jokes.

The pa­rade mar­shal this year is Eric Weather­bie.

Fol­low­ing the pa­rade is a free bar­be­cue at the water­front at noon. En­ter­tain­ment will be pro­vided by Peggy Clin­ton and Johnny Ross.

“We want peo­ple to know that Mon­tague the Beau­ti­ful is the place to be. That’s the way I look at it. We’ve got some top­notch en­ter­tain­ment.’’ Coun. Wayne Spin

At 12:45 p.m. the town will be re­veal­ing 14 new pieces of centennial art on the trail all around the town.

Teresa Doyle and Pa­trick Bun­ston will per­form at 2 p.m., fol­lowed by Cameron McMaster and Friends at 3 p.m.

The Mon­tague Raft Race is an­other big part of the cel­e­bra­tion. Raft build­ing is 3-5 p.m. with each team get­ting the same sup­plies. The ac­tual race be­gins at 6 p.m.

Con­tin­u­ing on with the en­ter­tain­ment at the water­front on Satur­day, Melissa Hunt per­forms at 4:30 p.m., fol­lowed by Rag­glin Road Band from New Brunswick at 6:15 p.m. The Stan­fields hit the main stage at 8:45 p.m.

The after party will be held at the Tail­gate Bar and Grill in Main Street from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Mean­while, just up the street, Red Rock Wrestling is putting on a card at the well­ness cen­tre at 7 p.m.

On Sun­day, Di­verseCity takes place 2-10 p.m.

Len­nie Gal­lant per­forms at the water­front at 8:30 p.m. be­fore the fire­works be­gin at 10 p.m. Called Fire in the Sky, the show is be­ing put on by Shel­don Han­dra­han.

“Every­one should come be­cause they’re go­ing to see the best light show that ever hit Mon­tague,’’ Spin said.

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