Guide Jared Smith stands by one of the interpretive panels on display at Shag Harbour Incident Centre, Smith is the grandson of the late Lawrence Smith, one of the eyewitnesses to the 1967 UFO sighting. His grandfather shared many stories with him about the incident over the years. Kathy Johnson photo
People from near and far will be attending the Shag Harbour Incident Festival this weekend for the celebration and in fascination of the 1967 UFO visit to the seaside community.
“We have people who are coming from Edmonton, Ontario and Pennsylvania,” said festival organizer Cindy Nickerson., adding she has also had calls from throughout the province as well as New Brunswick so is hoping for a good turnout.
The annual festival gets underway Friday (Aug. 5) at the Shag Harbour Incident Centre, with a multitude of activities throughout the day including a washer tournament, children’s activities and the premiere of the Shag Harbour Idol talent contest.
Also on tap are talks with local eyewitnesses to the 1967 UFO incident, a lecture by world renowned UFO researcher and author Stanton T. Freidman as well as boat tours (weather permitting) to the UFO crash site.
On Saturday Friedman will be joined by fellow UFO authoritarian Donald Ledger for the presentation, All About UFOs. The Malcolm Ross Memorial Boat Races will wrap up the festival in the afternoon.
All lectures as well as the Shag Harbour Idol contest will be held at the Shag Harbour fire hall, with the post office and the incident centre serving as other venues.
To register or for more information on Shag Harbour Idol, contact music director Dale Nickerson at 723-2385. Cash prizes will be awarded.
Registration for all other events is at the incident centre. Further information on the festival can be found online at shagharbourufo.com or by contacting Nickerson at 723-0174.
Friday, Aug. 5
9:30 a.m. washer’s tournament
10 a.m. barbecue, kids games, face painting, boat tours (TBA), register at the centre.
11 a.m. Talks with local witnesses Norman Smith and Laurie Wickens.
1 p.m. Stanton Friedman lecture
2 p.m. Frog leaping contest
3:15 p.m. children’s parade (space theme)
7 p.m. Shag Harbour Idol
Saturday, Aug. 6
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All about UFOs with Donald Ledger and Stanton Friedman. Chowder lunch served.
2:30 p.m. Malcolm Ross Memorial Boat Races, barbecue 50/50 draw.