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Big Canada Day lineup to help mark Clark's Harbour 100th anniversary celebrations

Clark's Harbour Canada Day parade. KATHY JOHNSON PHOTO
A previous Clark's Harbour Canada Day parade. KATHY JOHNSON PHOTO
CLARK'S HARBOUR, N.S. —

The Town of Clark’s Harbour has been celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019 and the festivities continue on Canada Day.

To help continue to mark the town's 100th anniversary celebrations the Canada Day festivities have been enlarged to make this the biggest July 1 event to date.

In the week leading up to Canada Day there was an evening walk scheduled for Tuesday, a Scavenger Hunt on Wednesday, Trivia Night on Friday and the Matt Maxwell Memorial Ball Game on Sunday. For information on any of these events call the town hall or check the website clarksharbour.com.

Canada Day celebrations will kick off on Monday morning at 7:30 a.m. with a 5K run/walk.

The Clark's Harbour Canada Day parade will start at 10 a.m. Along with the floats, bands, walking entries and firetrucks the parade is also welcoming local motorcyclists and antique cars. The parade starts at Woodland Street and runs along Main Street, ending at Cecil Street.

The roads leading into town will close for the parade at approximately 9:30 a.m.

In a local twist along the parade route, the Island and Barrington Passage Volunteer Fire Department will be selling a limited number of lobster sandwiches.

A Vendors Alley is being created, with over 40 booths, stretching from the town hall to the gazebo. Vendors Alley will open immediately after the parade. The vendors will be showcasing a number of goods this year, with an emphasis on handmade, local, and art. There will be Cape Sable Island honey, sea glass art, handmade soap and preserves, t-shirts, commemorative glassware, diamond art, painted rocks, wooden signs, jewellery, duck calls, local designs by Pink Tree as featured in decorating magazines, hand dyed yarn in the Town of Clark's Harbour tartan colors, wood turned items and much more.

“A part of Vendors Alley is the new enlarged food court consisting of approximately 20 vendors. You will still be able to enjoy your July 1st hot dogs, hamburgers, French Fries, along with pulled pork, bbq ribs, mac-n-cheese, coleslaw, corn bread, fish cakes, bacon wrapped scallops, lobster fondue, chowder, sandwiches, desserts, pies, fudge, cheesecake, cotton candy, strawberry shortcake, iced cappuccino, scooped ice cream and food truck items,” says Mayor Leigh Stoddart. “Even if you miss the parade you can still drop over and have lunch with us. With food this good we have people coming by just for lunch.”

The town will have a hospitality suite to commemorate our 100th anniversary. The first 25 people to stop by will get a vintage Cape Sable Island postcard. There will be a food demonstration with Steven Lesway, CCC along with food samples. Chef Lesway, was part of Culinary Team Canada for a number of years and has appeared on the Iron Chef TV program two times and returns to Japan in September for his third appearance.

There will also be a social media photo shoot booth and a free draw for a limited edition Lio Lo print. You might even catch a glimpse of Minnie and Mickey Mouse.

For the young and young at heart, we have spray tattoos, face painting, and newly added this year is henna tattoos, along with helium balloons. The always popular pony rides will be returning this year. There will be bouncy castles and games of chance for the kids.

The Clark's Harbour Heritage Hall will operate for the 2019 summer season and will be open on July 1st. The Archelaus Smith Museum is joining the town for July 1, and will have available for purchase Margaret Messenger Historical Books and local shipwreck charts for Cape Sable and Seal Island.

“To enhance our commemorative 100th anniversary celebrations we have added new demonstration and entertainment events,” says Stoddart.

The first demonstration features Vo Thuat Co Truyen Viet Nam (Vietnamese Traditional Martial Arts) hosted by Ernest Pemmann who holds an Instructor's Certificate of the Traditional Martial Arts Federation of Vietnam, Master – level 18 within the 18 level system of Vo Thuat Co Truyen. Master Pemmann, together with his students will demonstrate bare-hand methods and weapon skills starting at 11:15 a.m.

At 12 noon Paige Nickerson, together with her canine, will be demonstrating dog tricks. This is followed by Kidzact at 1 p.m. and MacKenzie School of Dance at 2 p.m.

The Clark's Harbour Annual Car Show will take place at the F.A. Brannen Memorial Ball Field with registration starting at 9 a.m.

“To memorialize the day we will have people stand on the ballfield in the shape of a 100 figure and capture the moment with a drone shot,” says Stoddart. “Anyone wanting to be in the picture can join, just wear a royal blue shirt and take part. After the picture we will be passing out birthday cake, a red and white cake for Canada's birthday and a blue cake, which is the town color, on behalf of the town's birthday.”

For added enjoyment new entertainment features and demonstrations have also been added throughout the day, along with new offerings such as the hospitality suite.

The fan favourite Gold Rush is coming back for the evening for a show from 8-10 p.m. Weather permitting the concert will take place at the ballfield and there will be canteen facilities onsite. Contact the Clark's Harbour Town Hall for tickets.

The night will be capped off Canada Day Fireworks (weather permitting) – one of the best displays in the area, the town says.

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