Former coal mining community, fire department continues Canada Day tradition
© Jamie Heap
John Reid, a 30-year veteran of the Joggins Volunteer Fire Department, mans the Crown & Anchor, one of several games that were played Monday afternoon on the grounds of the Joggins Volunteer Fire Department during its annual Canada Day Parade & Field Day. Reid has not missed a single field day in thirty years.
JOGGINS-Main Street was as busy as it was during its mining heyday on July 1. The Joggins Volunteer Fire Department parade and field day, an annual event dating back to the 1940s, attracted hundreds of onlookers and participants on Monday.
Among the numerous parade floats, which are more common today than they were during the early years of parade, were classic and modern cars; all-terrain vehicles, and motocross bikes; a Remembrance Day float featuring a large poppy from the local legion; a float containing $3,000.00 worth of Craftsman lawn equipment to be raffled off by the River Hebert, Joggins & Area Development Association; an environmentally-friendly float and display entered by the Joggins Fossil Institute; Sparky the Fire Dog, Bluewave Energy (Warren Belliveau); Class A Trucking and Septic Pumping, a landscaping and excavating company from Parrsboro, and several fire trucks from the River Hebert and Joggins Volunteer Fire Departments.
“We were very closely with the River Hebert Volunteer Fire Department,” stated Joggins Volunteer Fire Chief Laurie Melanson who is pleased that the front of their fire department was paved recently by the Miller Group (formerly known as Cumberland Paving). “It makes a big difference having it paved where our three trucks enter and leave the building,” said Melanson. “Having it paved will help keep it (fire hall) a lot cleaner. It would not have possible without the help of MLA Jamie Baillie,” he added. “Thanks as well to the Department of Transportation.”
Melanson also thanked the Joggins Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary, especially secretary-treasurer Bernice Vance. “They are a big help to us all year,” he added.
In addition to the parade, such fun-filled events as ball and bean bag tosses; bingo; a canteen and yard sale; darts, fish pond, miniature golf, a mock jail, string game and crown & anchor, a game of chance manned by John Reid, a 30 year-veteran of the Joggins Volunteer Fire Department, who has never missed a single field day.
“John Reid is a really big supporter of the fire department. He is really dedicated.”
Musical entertainment was provided by local musicians Bridget and Gary Ebanks. Bridget Ebanks sang O’Canada prior to the cutting of the three Canada Day cakes.
Fireworks were scheduled for 10:00 pm at the site of the old Joggins baseball field.