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Springhill Miners’ Museum Holds Carnival Day

Cindy Terris (left) joins in on the fun during a pie throwing event with Springhill Miners' Museum Summer Student Event Coordinator Jordan Taber on Saturday during the museum's carnival day. Earlier, children had the chance to pie members of the Cumberland Cool Blues with a whiped cream pie.

SPRINGHILL-The Springhill Miners’ Museum gave families another opportunity to have some fun together before summer is over and students go back to school.

“Today is about raising money for our non-profit museum while interacting with the community, just like in the olden days when miners and their families used to go on picnics together,” stated Troy Henwood, vice-president of the Springhill Mining Heritage Society on Saturday. “July 1 was such a success, so we thought, why not do a festival towards the end of summer to get community spirit up?”

Next year, Henwood and company would like to make it a day-long festival that would include music performed by local talent in addition to carnival games.

One of the more popular children’s activities was the bouncy house/tent that was rented from Paul ‘Skippy’ Farrow of Amherst. “I bought it to set it up in my front yard for my daughter about six or seven weeks ago,” said Farrow. “Then, there was interest to see if I would rent it out,” he added. “There hasn’t been a weekend that it hasn’t been used. Last weekend, it was used for the Minudie Music Fest.”

In addition to Farrow’s bouncy tent, children enjoyed face painting, pony rides, barbecued food, popcorn and cotton candy. Henwood credits Jordan Taber, a summer student hired as an event coordinator for the museum, for organizing the day that also provided Nova Scotia junior hockey fans to pie their Blues’ players.

“Thanks to the (Cumberland Cool) Blues’ players for coming out and getting pied by some of the kids,” Henwood said. “It’s really appreciated,” he added.

Matt Ellis, the museum’s other summer student, provides tours of the mine

“Without either of these students, it would not have been the success that it was,” claimed Henwood. “We probably had a few hundred people come out today.”

Priscilla Phalen won a prize pack from Vintage Stove and Fireplace in Amherst and Springhill Home Hardware that consisted of a barbecue/ barbecue utensils, a Tour A Mine t-shirt and some metal ornaments. Henwood also acknowledged Springhill Leisure Services for donating the chairs and tables for the day; Springhill Guardian; Ross Anderson Pharmasave; the Springhill Volunteer Fire Department for the donation of bagged ice as well as the Cobequid Off-Highway Vehicle Club (COHVC) for donating the use of their tents for the day. “That’s what they’re all about, helping out with the community,” stated Henwood.

“It’s been a great success,” stated Henwood. “Attendance is up, gift shop sales are up. That really helps out a lot for next year as well,” stated Henwood. “The whole Staycation promotion seems to be having a lot to do with our success,” he added.

 

Organizations: Springhill Mining Heritage Society, Minudie Music Fest, Tour A Mine Springhill Leisure Services Springhill Volunteer Fire Department Highway Vehicle Club COHVC

Geographic location: Amherst, Nova Scotia

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