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Alex Parker and his girlfriend Sarah Colpitts dropped by a quiet Eaton Park in Pugwash last night before they drove to Fox Harb’r Golf Resort to have supper with SportsCentre anchors Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole. The same park, it is hoped, will be packed with thousands of people tonight when Onrait and O’Toole broadcast live from Eaton Park during the 2012 Kraft Celebration Tour SportsCentre. Environment Canada is calling for a mix of sun and cloud and temperatures of 22 C during the celebration, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m.
PUGWASH – The stage is being set up today for the arrival of TSN’s Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole, who will be in Pugwash for the Kraft Celebration Tour festivities from 5 to 8 p.m. at Eaton Park.
“We’re good to go,” said Alex Parker, who rallied Pugwash and Cumberland County to bring Onrait and O’Toole to Pugwash for a live broadcast of TSN’s SportCentre from 7 to 8 p.m.
The 19-year-old said he’s excited the day is finally here.
“It’s a long wait for such a short period of time,” said Parker. “It’s a lot more work than what some people think, but it’s well worth it.”
More than 50 volunteers have worked towards making the day a success.
“It’s a lot of little things that add up, but we’ve had lots of help,” said Parker. “You have to do things like organize with the local grocery store for the barbecue, which is required to feed more than 500 people.”
Were there any last minute surprises he wasn’t expecting?
“We had to find a couple of drivers to drive Jay and Dan and the crew around but, other than that, everything was good,” said Parker.
Onrait and O’Toole are staying at Fox Harb’r Golf Resort and Parker went to visit them last night.
“They invited me down to Fox Harb’r for dinner,” said Parker. “I’m taking my girlfriend and my parents and grandparents.”
His girlfriend, Sarah Colpitts, said she was excited about meeting the TSN celebrities.
“It should be fun,” she said.
Does Parker have anything he wants to ask Onrait and O’Toole?
“I think they’re pretty good at doing the talking, so I’ll go with the flow,” he said.
Onrait and O’Toole plan to have fun while in Pugwash.
“They’re going to race a couple soapbox derby cars, they’re going to do the Cross-Harb’r Golf Challenge wearing kilts and they’re going to throw some pitches in the pitching tent,” said Parker.
Parker is hoping for a big crowd.
“I hope people come out because it’s probably the biggest event ever for Pugwash, so we want to make it memorable,” he said. “The more people we can get the better.”
Parker will be presented with a $25,000 cheque from TSN and Kraft during the celebration. The money is being used to upgrade the Pugwash ball field.
TSN will set up a stage in the parking lot behind the volleyball court, and the Eaton Park stage will host local entertainment during the festivities.
The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m., with the live broadcast running from 7 to 8 p.m.
Environment Canada is calling for a mix of sun and cloud with a temperature of 22 C.