Old-Fashioned Summer Fair Held

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Fun and Games at 35th annual Sunset Summer Fair

Avery and Kadie Smith won some toy prizes Saturday at the Fish Pond during the 35th annual Old-Fashioned Sunset Summer Fair in Pugwash. The families of Sunset Community clients, which serves the entire province, are invited to attend this event.

PUGWASH-Between 400 and 500 people gathered Saturday at Sunset Community for its 35th annual Summer Fun Fair. The first day of fall is Sunday, September 22.

“This was our first attempt at holding it in September,” stated Sunset Community Manager of Recreation Services Bonnie Langille. “The Sunset Auxiliary was certainly on board to having it in September as there are a lot of events (such as the Gathering of the Clans and Pugwash HarbourFest) going on in July and August.”

The turnout for this year’s Sunset Summer Fair, an event which was first held in July (and later in August), was not at all affected by its move to mid-September.

In fact, the event seems to have flourished in its new, end of summer, time slot.

“We’ve had a tremendous turnout today, one of the biggest that we’ve had in years,” stated Langille, “Today breathed a whole new life into it,” she added.

Saturday’s old-fashioned summer fair, which benefits the Sunset Adult Residential Centre Community Auxiliary, commenced with a ribbon-cutting by auxiliary president by Barb Clark; board chair Ron McNutt and resident Graham Barrett.

“This is an annual fair in which we invite the families of our clients to attend,” stated Sunset Adult Residential Centre Executive Director Mary Ellen Pittoello. “We have clients from all over the province, so, it’s not always possible for them to come and visit and their loved ones,” she added. “It’s also a chance for people from the community to come out and spend their money on what they enjoy.”

Children all of ages enjoyed cotton candy and popcorn; ice cream; complimentary cake and tea; a fish pond; a gifts and crafts sale and face painting. In keeping with the community-minded spirit of the day, 4-H Bay Vista-Conns Mills provided a barbecue and petting zoo; the Anne Murray Centre had a booth and the Pugwash Volunteer Fire Department and Ground Search and Rescue were also on hand.

“The Ground Search and Rescue has been directing traffic since this event began 35 years ago,” stated Langille. “Their continued commitment is appreciated.”

Local musicians such as Mark Stevens and the Sunset Clan Band also took part.

“We are part of the new model supported by the NDP government to get people where they want to be, be it in our facility’s coves or at home,” stated Pittoello.

“We’re trying to become more community-based. We will continue to get smaller,” she added. “We had 115 clients; now we have 82. Some of our clients live in a group home while others live in other parts of the county independently through our living support program. We’re part of a continuum of care,” she said.

 “Everyone has strengths and weaknesses,” claimed Pittoello. “Some are mental while others are physical. Anytime that you can help someone become the best person that they can, you can make a difference in their lives” Pittoello concluded.

Organizations: Sunset Community, Recreation Services Bonnie Langille, Sunset Adult Residential Centre Community Auxiliary Anne Murray Centre Pugwash Volunteer Fire Department

Geographic location: PUGWASH

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