Cel­e­bra­tion of her­itage

Buchans to host Lucky Strike Fes­ti­val Aug. 3-6

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Regional - BY PAULINE DEAN SPE­CIAL TO THE ADVERTISER

All the de­tails and events are be­ing fi­nal­ized, and the 2018 Lucky Strike Fes­ti­val (LSF) will hap­pen in early Au­gust.

Though there have been gaps, the fes­ti­val (once known as Buchans Day Week­end) has run nearly 27 years straight. Tossed into the mix ev­ery five years are Come Home Year cel­e­bra­tions.

In 1991, then mayor, the late Har­ris Walsh was quoted in The Advertiser as say­ing, “It’s catch­ing on all around the province. Most ev­ery town got a day, but ours just got for­got­ten I sup­pose” — as Buchans Day hadn’t been cel­e­brated for five years at that point.

That year turned out to be a great cel­e­bra­tion of Buchans’ her­itage with the theme “In the Be­gin­ning”.

And so the tra­di­tion con­tin­ues. The 2018 fes­ti­val will run from Aug. 3-6, in­cor­po­rat­ing the civic hol­i­day on Mon­day. Res­i­dents and vis­i­tors are en­cour­aged to take part all the ac­tiv­i­ties. The town’s pop­u­la­tion is con­tin­u­ing to de­cline, so it helps if every­one gets in­volved.

A com­mit­tee of eight peo­ple is spear­head­ing the cel­e­bra­tions — Stephanie Nof­tle, Dianne West, Char­lene FitzGer­ald, Judy White, Kath­leen Caines, Rob Lane, Hank Whalen and Derm Cor­bett all ex­pect that this year will be smaller and qui­eter than the 2017 Come Home Year cel­e­bra­tion.

“Our home base this year is go­ing to be the curl­ing club,” Nof­tle ex­plained. “We’re not hav­ing any­thing at the sta­dium. Last year was Come Home Year and we know we’re not get­ting a big crowd like that this year. We’re aim­ing ac­tiv­i­ties more toward the few that are com­ing home and plan­ning for our ci­ti­zens re­ally.”

The week­end cel­e­bra­tions will be­gin Fri­day evening with a bon­fire across from the com­mu­nity ball­field, with the Lions Club serv­ing up hot dogs for the kids. Later an Adult Kitchen Party with lo­cal ta­lent will be held at the Llewellyn Bud­den Me­mo­rial Curl­ing Club.

Satur­day will see the LSF pa­rade and res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate by dec­o­rat­ing floats, bikes, strollers, and other mov­ing ve­hi­cles. A flea mar­ket with 10 craft tables, games of chance for chil­dren and adults and a bar­be­cue will be held at the Curl­ing Club. The Red In­dian Lake Ground Search and Res­cue Team Poker Run will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

There will be tee­nie bop­per, teen and adults dances at the curl­ing club. The Lions Club will hold a spe­cial bingo some time dur­ing the week­end as well. More events are ex­pected to be added.

The Fam­ily Day at Red In­dian Lake beach will take place on Sun­day af­ter­noon, weather per­mit­ting.

The fi­nal event will be the Bob­ber Race spon­sored by the Buchans Lions Club held on Mon­day, Aug. 6.

As a fi­nal sched­ule of events isn’t avail­able yet, church groups, ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions or in­di­vid­u­als still have time to en­ter an ac­tiv­ity into that sched­ule and/ or vol­un­teer to be a part of sched­uled ac­tiv­i­ties. Con­tact the Lucky Strike Fes­ti­val on their Face­book page or con­tact Stephanie Nof­tle at 672-7303.


The Lucky Strike Fes­ti­val is named for the Lucky Strike mine which was dis­cov­ered July 14, 1926. The Lucky Strike head frame makes for beau­ti­ful pho­tos. This year’s fes­ti­val will take place Aug. 3-6.

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