Cumberland celebrates Canada Day
Amhersts Four Fathers Festival kicked off yesterday as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and veterans from Amhersts Royal Canadian Legion came out to help raise the flag for Canadas 142nd birthday. Dave Mathieson Amherst Daily News
AMHERST - Hundreds of Amherst residents came out to Victoria Street yesterday to celebrate Canada's 142nd birthday.
People dressed in red and white and proudly waved their Canadian flags as they made their way from vendor to vendor while listening to local bands and musicians all afternoon long.
The event kicked off with a flag-raising ceremony, then Mayor Rob Small, MLA Brian Skabar and Cumberland County Warden Keith Hunter talked about how fortunate we are to live in Canada.
"When you see the problems in other countries, such as Iran or Honduras, we should all be very grateful for the kind of country we live in," said Hunter.
Pugwash held its Gathering of the Clans on Canada Day, which kicked off with a parade.
Hundreds of people lined the parade route as people on floats, tractors, horses, fire trucks and vintage cars waved to the crowd while throwing candy to the kids.
Former Amherst resident Marion Bourque, who lives in a cottage near Pugwash, was out with her friend Phyllis Greer and said they were having a great Canada Day.
"It's fun to get out and see all the events, enjoy the entertainment and meet friends," said Bourque. "It's also a great time to celebrate our heritage and celebrate Canada's founding."
Pugwash held several other popular events yesterday, including a sausage and pancake breakfast at the fire hall, a highland dancing competition, the highland games, which included the ever-popular caber toss, a piping and drumming competition, and an antique car show.
Canada Day was the first day of Amherst's Four Father's Festival, which runs from now until Saturday, July 4.
The festival will finish off with a fireworks display on Saturday, beginning at 10:15 p.m.