An­other great year for the Ice­berg Fes­ti­val

Res­i­dents and tourists en­joy vast range of ac­tiv­i­ties

Northern Pen - - Puzzles - BY CHRIS­TINE HENNEBURY SPE­CIAL TO THE NORTH­ERN PEN

The Ice­berg Fes­ti­val has just com­pleted an­other highly suc­cess­ful run. The Fes­ti­val, which ran from June 1-10, brings to­gether com­mu­ni­ties on the Great North­ern Penin­sula to cel­e­brate com­mu­nity, cul­ture, art, and, of course, ice­bergs.

An­dre Myers from the Vik­ing Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion says that he has seen a lot of res­i­dents and tourists at the wellat­tended events.

“At­ten­dance has been re­ally great at the ma­jor­ity of events with a good mix of lo­cals and visi­tors,” Myers said. “The range de­pends on each event but there are lots of visi­tors here for the fes­ti­val again this year. There is a group of 44 peo­ple here whose main draw to the prov­ince was the fes­ti­val.”

As al­ways, the com­mit­tee keeps an eye out for ice­bergs in the time lead­ing up to the Fes­ti­val, and once again, the main at­trac­tions did not dis­ap­point.

“There are lots of ice­bergs in our re­gion de­spite low num­bers be­ing re­ported in south­ern parts of prov­ince,” Myers said. “There are 100 plus ice­bergs re­ported for North­ern NL now on Ice­bergfin­der.com.”

While all events have their spe­cific ap­peal, a few events stand out in Myers’ mind for 2018.

“There are many high­lights,” Myers said, “But the Folk Night with Fer­gus O’Byrne and Jim Payne, the Come Wine With Us and Po­lar Dip events are def­i­nite high­points.”

With the 2018 Fes­ti­val in the books, ev­ery­one can turn their at­ten­tion to next year’s event which will be held from June 7-16, 2019.

For me­mories of this year’s event, please visit their face­book page at https://www.face­book.com/Ice­bergFes­ti­val/ or the Fes­ti­val web­page at http:// the­ice­bergfes­ti­val.ca/. This group of peo­ple dipped into ice cold wa­ter dur­ing the Ice­berg Fes­ti­val’s Po­lar Bear Ice Dip in Raleigh on June 11.

Ice­bergs in Raleigh.

PHOTOS COUR­TESY OF JOAN BLAKE

Wait­ing to take the ice dip.

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