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HarbourFest highlights busy weekend in Cumberland County

One of the busiest weekends of the summer in Cumberland County with three major community fairs taking place at both ends of the district.

After a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, HarbourFest in Pugwash, the Tidnish Festival and the Fundy Shore Auto Club’s 22nd Show & Shine.

 The biggest of the events is in Pugwash with the return of HarbourFest.

“We’re really looking for to it,” HarbourFest organizing committee chair Louise Haycocks said. “It’s hard to know who many people are going to come, but we’re optimistic there’ll be a strong turnout. It’s been three years since we’ve come together last.”

Several thousand people are expected in the village during the three-day event that kicks off tonight (Friday, July 29) with the Homecoming Meet & Greet and a dance with the Ellis Brothers at the Northumberland Community Curling Club.

There is a full slate of events on Saturday (July 30) throughout the village, including a 5K fun run  at 9 a.m., a volleyball tournament at Dinghy Beach and live music in Eaton Park featuring the Blaikie Brothers, The Abandoned House, Geezer, the Mark McMillan Trio and Derailed 2.0 leading up to fireworks at dusk.

Some of the most popular events are also coming back, including the golf across the harbour as well as the cardboard boat race at Dinghy Beach at 2:30 p.m. and Canoe Jousting at 5:30 p.m.Something that’s new this year is a tour hosted by the Pugwash Open Air Art Gallery while the yacht club is doing harbour tours.

“They’re doing tours of the village with an artist demonstrating what they do,” she said. “We’re really excited about that.”

Sunday features yoga in the park at 9 a.m. and a giant cribbage tournament at the Pugwash Legion from noon to 6 p.m.

Just up the shore, the 40th Tidnish Festival returns.The festival began on Thursday night (July 28) with Donair Night and continues Saturday and Sunday with a co-ed slo-pitch tournament on both days, an antique tractor show, bake and yard sale and a boat poker rally.

There is also a walk/run at 8 a.m. beginning at the old Tidnish store, a magician from 2 to 3 p.m. and Kids’ Zone from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Tidnish Fire Department will also be open for children to see the fire trucks.

Sunday’s events include live music throughout the day at the Rodney Estabrooks Memorial Sports Field, a craft sale at the community centre, kids’ activities and games and a pork chop barbecue from 4 to 6 p.m.

Meanwhile, on the Fundy shore will be the return of the popular car show at the Lions Arena.From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the show takes place at the arena before heading out to Main Street on Saturday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. for the Main Street Saturday Cruise, featuring live music by Sweet Revenge.

There will be cars and vehicles of all eras, makes and models, an outdoor flea market and numerous gift draws.

Trophies for all divisions will be presented on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Emancipation Day will be celebrated on Monday, Aug. 1, at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre as well as at the Lions Park in Springhill.

Events kick off at 1 p.m. and run  until 3 p.m. with musical entertainment, hot dogs at the canteen and various activities.