Ready to rock
McIvers is ready to welcome former residents home
Last summer, the town of McIvers was bracing itself every week for a sudden influx of visitors.
On the final day of its wildly successful Chase the Ace fundraiser, around 5,700 people descended on the small community on the north shore of the Bay of Islands.
The whole effort was to raise money for this summer’s Come Home Year celebration, a weeklong party that starts Saturday.
Mayor Warren Blanchard said the town should have no trouble hosting the 1,700 people who have registered for Come Home Year.
“It’s shaping up pretty well and we’re getting there,” he said of the final days before the festivities get in full swing. “We did some surveys for how much stuff we’ll need and we think we’re prepared.”
Last year’s Chase the Ace went on for 50 weeks and, after the nearly $726,000 jackpot was won, the Come Home Year committee was left holding more than $900,000 in profits.
Not all of it is being invested in the Come Home Year. The committee has provided funds to help out the fire department, which was instrumental in the fundraiser, along with helping make improvements to the town hall and seniors’ hall.
Money spent on the Come Home Year included legacy items such as a new performance stage venue and a new playground. There are also a few more perks for the celebration venues and registrants.
Besides booking several live bands, including The Navigators, Fergus O’Byrne and Jim Payne and Shaneygannock to name a few, admission to the Come Home Year events will be free to registrants.
Blanchard said he didn’t have an exact dollar amount for what was put into the Come Home Year planning, but said there is something for everyone.
“It certainly was a pleasure to have been able to do all of this,” he said
For a complete schedule of McIvers Come Home Year events, visit the town’s website at www.mcivers.ca or search “McIvers Come Home Year 2017, July 22-29” on Facebook.
Kids play on the new playground at McIvers, purchased with some of the money the town made off last year’s Chase the Ace fundraiser for the McIvers Come Home Year celebrations that kick off this weekend.