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Jamie Heap
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River Hebert area holds third annual Punkin’ Fest

Chloe-Lynn Berry (left) gets her hand painted by Samantha Grant Saturday inside the RHDH gym as part of the third annual River Hebert and area Punkin' Fest on Saturday.

RIVER HEBERT-The third annual Punkin’ Fest full of fall food, crafts and pumpkin displays culminated this past Saturday throughout River Hebert and area.

 “Quite a few people went to the breakfast (at the Joggins legion), and we hope that they come out like they did last year,” stated Punkin’ Fest committee member Christie-Ann McLellan. “It’s been a lot of work. We were here last night setting up,” she added in reference to the local displays of art, crafts, baked goods and yard sales inside the RHDH gym. “We’ve had a lot of donations from a lot of people, mostly from the Baptist Church. We’re a non-profit committee designed to get people out to showcase their wares and make some money too,” she added.

One of these local artisans was Maccan’s Larry Beardsley who has been making and selling jewelry made from Nova Scotia agates and minerals for two decades.

“I’ve been collecting minerals at Five Islands during the summer for 20 years now,” stated Beardsley. “I make the jewelry during the winter and sell it out of my trailer at Five Islands,” he added. “One of the only places you can find porcelain agate is at Five Islands,” he said. Other minerals used include green moss agates.

In terms of community organizations, the River Hebert Volunteer Fire Department was selling tickets on a $100.00 gift basket; the River Hebert Garden Club was accepting donations for face and body painting while the Minudie Heritage Association offered up a delicious pumpkin tea and dessert, notwithstanding the selling of its 2014 Minudie calendars, hats as well as tickets on a lit Christmas house and wall hanging (donated by Gertrude Glenn) that will be drawn Dec. 7.

There will be a breakfast at Minudie Community Hall Nov. 2 from 9:00-11:00 am.

“This is our third year taking part,” stated Minudie Heritage Association office administrator Helen Sims. “We like to help out at the Punkin’ Festival.” River Hebert Garden Club member Su Morin offered similar sentiments. “The Garden Club has been an organizing member of this event since its inception,” stated Morin. “We look forward to doing this as it’s a chance to celebrate the harvest.”

Members of the 1442 River Hebert army cadets were also on hand for promotional and barbecuing purposes, debunking myths about their bush rations in the process. 

Organizations: Garden Club, Fest committee, Minudie Heritage Association Baptist Church River Hebert Volunteer Fire Department Christmas house River Hebert army

Geographic location: RIVER HEBERT, Nova Scotia

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