Ready to rock

McIvers is ready to wel­come former res­i­dents home

The Western Star - - Front Page - BY GARY KEAN

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

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.

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