Parrsboro celebrates Canada Day and new milestone

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PARRSBORO - Despite disappointing weather, the community of Parrsboro was party central as hundreds of people came out to celebrate Canada Day.

The party began at 10:30 a.m. at the Parrsboro fire department where the firefighters held a Fireman’s Field Day.

Fire Chief Randy Mosher said the annual event is the department’s biggest fundraiser, where the money goes towards new equipment.

“It means a lot to the public and it means a lot to us,” Mosher said.

Several activities ensued throughout the day consisting of a parade, an outdoor canteen, music, a dunk tank and several games and prizes.

“I’m just a big kid, I love driving those trucks. Seeing the people on the sidewalks cheering us on in support is exciting,” he said.

In a very popular tradition, the Sunshine Inn chose one couple staying at the inn to judge the parade.

The winners were

- Most humourous: Riley Fulton for his multi-coloured hair

- Best fire truck: Port Greville

- Travel the furthest: River Hebert Fire Department

- Best overall truck: 1957 fire truck from the Department of Natural Resources in Shubenacadie.

The party shifted up the street to Ottawa House where the historic site played host to a flag raising, which was accompanied by the Parrsboro Citizens Band and the Parrsboro Community Choir.

Parrsboro Mayor, Lois Smith said she was thrilled to see the community come together in celebration.

“It’s a day to celebrate with neighbours and friends. It’s such a precious spot for an occasion like today,” Smith said.

The once summer home of former Prime Minister and Premier of Nova Scotia Sir Charles Tupper also happened to reach a milestone of it’s own. The municipal heritage site became a provincial heritage site as of July 1.

Local historian, Conrad Byers said it’s an honour to see Ottawa House become a provincial landmark and was proud to witness each flag raising at the site since the 1980s.

“I remember the first flag raising here and it was very special,” Byers said.

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Organizations: Ottawa House, Sunshine Inn, Fire Department Department of Natural Resources Parrsboro Citizens Band Parrsboro Community Choir

Geographic location: Parrsboro, Port Greville, River Hebert Shubenacadie Nova Scotia

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