Attendance record broke at Parrsboro museum

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Published on August 18, 2014

Peyton Patterson, who is three-years-old, takes a ride on 23-year-old Cricket. Guiding Cricket is Karen Gilbert who is from the Spirit Reins Ranch, which is just outside of Parrsboro. 

Published on August 18, 2014

Fred Walsh, a geologist and vice-president of the Nova Scotia Prospectors Association, was teaching people how to pan for gold Sunday afternoon in Parrsboro. Taking a close look at his find is Vicki Newton (left), who is from San Francisco, California, and Donna Demont of Parrsboro.

Published on August 18, 2014

Six-year-old Ava Burrows took Pixie for a ride. Bill Gilbert is guiding the horse. Burrows is from Wellington. Pixie is 16-years-old.

Published on August 18, 2014

Five-year-old Kyah Tilford, who is from Fall River, goes for a ride aboard Pixie.

Published on August 18, 2014

Eleven-year-old Zoey Tilford goes for a ride on Cricket. Zoey is from Fall River. Ella Harrison guides Cricket. 

Published on August 18, 2014

Five-year-old Jessica Flett goes for a horse ride. Flett is from Fort McMurray, Alberta. Ella Harrison is guiding Pixie. 

“On Saturday, we broke a record in term of attendance at the museum for this one day,” said Dr. Tim Fedak, director and curator at the Fundy Geological Museum.

PARRSBORO – Combining the Gem and Mineral Show with events at the Fundy Geological Museum proved to be a recipe for success.

“On Saturday, we broke a record in term of attendance at the museum for this one day,” said Dr. Tim Fedak, director and curator at the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro.

There were 32 vendors at the gem show and 11 of them were new.

Fedak says there were a lot of first time visitors to Parrsboro over the weekend,

“What I was hearing is they were really impressed with the quality of the gems and the artisan crafts and jewellery and the artisan crafts.”

One of those first-time visitors was Greg Matsou who was visiting Nova Scotia with his daughters, 13-year-old Alana Matsou, and 11-year-old Amy Matsou. The Matsou’s are from Kitchener, Ont.

“We ran into somebody in Halifax who told us about this show and how great it is and my daughters love rocks and gems and we were leaving Cape Breton and thought we’d come and check it out,” said Matsou.

The sisters cut stone at one vendor and cut metal at another.

“The vendors have been great, and we had some blueberry pie too, which was really good.”

Before travelling to Parrsboro they visited the Joggins where they took a guided tour of the fossil cliffs.

“It was fabulous.”

Events in Parrsboro also included a Geological Tour of Five Islands Park with Dr. Howard Donahoe, a tour of Clarks Head with Ken Adams, a reptile show and free horse rides for kids.

Next year is the Gem and Mineral Show’s 50th anniversary and Fedak hopes the gold anniversary will attract even more people.

Organizations: Fundy Geological Museum, Parrsboro museum

Geographic location: PARRSBORO, Nova Scotia, Kitchener Halifax Cape Breton Joggins

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