First Annual Minudie Music Fest a Success
© Jamie Heap-The Citizen-Record
The Shakedown Combo headlined the 1st Annual Minudie Music Fest Saturday night in Minudie. The family rockabilly group, which has played together for the past six years both locally and in Las Vegas and Halifax as well, will be performing at the Maritime Rockabilly Festival September 6-8.
MINUDIE-Music filled the air while people quenched their thirsts and satisfied their appetites past this Friday and Saturday in the former world grindstone capital.
“There are three things that people like: music, food and beer,” stated Robbie White on Saturday night just before the Shakedown Combo took to the stage.
A barbecue, a pulled-pork supper and a licensed beer tent were enjoyed by music fest goers. Earlier in the day, there was a car show and children’s activities, as well as special appearances by Chappy the Clown and Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
“We have seen some really talented singers here this weekend,” stated Robbie White. In addition to the Shakedown Combo, such musicians as Bob Adshade, Sweet Addiction, Barry Patriquin, D-Railed, Billy King, Drew Moore, Arnie McNally, Jerry Metz, Next of Kin, Hawkes Sisters, and Cathy VanSnick sang.
Hosted by P.J. White, the first annual event was deemed to be a success. “It’s good for Minudie,” stated Marcilla Murphy of Joggins. “A lot of people think that nothing happens in Minudie, but this is proof that there is,” she added.
In spite of the heavy rainfall on Friday, an estimated 300 people took in the Music Fest. Volunteer Brandon McLellan estimates that 600-900 attended on Saturday.
“The event has went well,” stated host P.J. White. “It has been excellent, a great turn out,” he added. “When I was first approached by the River Hebert, Joggins & Area Development Association back in March of 2012 about hosting a music fest in my back yard, I was more than happy to help out. It’s all about the community.”
District 9 county councilor Mike McLellan echoed P.J. White’s sentiments while thanking him. “I would like to thank P.J. especially for letting us have this event in his back yard,” said McLellan. “It’s all about the community. Whatever money we make from this event will be poured back into the community,” stated McLellan.
In addition to White, McLellan recognized the long hours put into organizing this event by development association chairman Wayne Ulch and Angus Emslie, notwithstanding volunteers from the Association, the River Hebert Legion and the Joggins Legion. “Thank you to anyone who made donations or volunteered their time to this event to make it the success that it was,” concluded Mike McLellan.