Party in Pugwash

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Tall Ships featured attraction at HarbourFest

Party in Pugwash

PUGWASH - Life doesn't get much better than when you have thousands of people gathered at a festival on a bright sunny day.
And that's exactly what happened over the weekend at the Pugwash HarbourFest.
"My kids are having a great time," said Rob Currie of Springhill.
Currie's kids Gavin, Ethan and Kiara live in Kirkland Lake, Ont., and they're visiting their father for the summer.
"The tall ships was a definite highlight for them," said Currie.
"We went on the Picton Castle and the crew was really nice and really friendly. There was a pirate chasing the kids around. They loved it."
Port Howe's Jocelyn Field and Pugwash's Candice Langille competed on the same volleyball team.
Both girls have played volleyball at HarbourFest for at least three years.
"I look forward to the HarbourFest every year, especially the volleyball," said Field.
"And it's nice that the Tall Ships are here this year."
"And Theodore II is here, so that's another big attraction," added Langille. "It's fun meeting all the people you might not have seen in a while."
Springhill's Trevor Smith and John Rushton agree.
"It's a family affair and everybody wants to be involved," said Smith, who has a cottage just across the harbour from the festivities.
"I like the Tall Ships, plus I'm going to win the washer toss tournament and the beer is cheap, so it's all good."
"I see lots of people I know," said Rushton. "It's fun going to the beach, playing in the golf challenge and washer toss and going to the dance. The weather's been perfect.
"You couldn't ask for better," he added.

dmathieson@amherstdaily.com

Geographic location: Pugwash, Kirkland Lake

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  • Anony
    January 18, 2010 - 11:23

    @JE MacDougall: Danny is right -- that $10 was charged in Halifax as well. Do you honestly think that the Tall Ships came to Pugwash for free, out of the goodness of their hearts, not even wanting their own expenses to be covered? Think about it.

    You may want to consider doing some research before accusing the extremely hard-working volunteer organizers of this event of profiteering . These people gave a lot of their own time and hard work towards making an enjoyable event for you and for others. Your mean-spirited accusations serve only to discourage people from volunteering, if they're only going to be criticized by ill-informed ingrates.

  • Danny
    January 18, 2010 - 11:23

    The Tall ships in Pugwash were awesome. More than worth the 10 buck to see them and talk to the crews, which incidentally is the same price as it was in Halifax from the people I know that went there.

  • amherstguy
    January 18, 2010 - 11:18

    Amazing work Pugwash........My intent was to go to your community for an hour or so and I ended up staying for 4 hours. So much going on and the mood and excitement was contagious.

    Maybe Amherst Town Council should visit your community and get a few pointers. Would be nice to ,somehow, bring some of your thousands of visitors to the border town.

  • JE
    January 18, 2010 - 11:10

    We had to pay ten bucks each to go on the part of the harbour where the ships were open and on display.

    Shame on the organizers of this event for this rip off. Shameless profiteering.

    Just imagine the city of Halifax trying a stunt like this.

  • first last
    January 18, 2010 - 11:06

    Pictou only charged 5$/person

  • Danny Boy
    January 18, 2010 - 11:04

    Good on ya Pugwash, we had a blast at the Tall ships. Nice to see other parts of NS and that smaller communities can host these types of events.

  • Winnie
    January 18, 2010 - 10:57

    I've never seen so many whiners in all me life. They should name this town home of the many whiners . lol

  • David
    January 18, 2010 - 10:56

    It is well worth the 10 bucks. People complain there is nothing to do in Cumberland County. It is nice to see a successful event such as the harbourfest for families to check out.

    Lisa: I don't see anywhere on the website where it states that the tall ships were available on Sunday. I do however see Friday, July 31st and Saturday, August 1st from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. And it also clearly states that times are subject to change.

  • R.
    January 18, 2010 - 10:56

    Well, JE MacDougall, they ARE pirate ships, y'know!

  • County Guy
    January 18, 2010 - 10:41

    You should have gone to Halifax then.

  • Early bird
    January 18, 2010 - 10:39

    I went Friday morning about 11AM and not all ships were there. I was unable to board 2 due to tides, was served raw chicken from one of the many burger buses, but all in all a nice trip. Should have been updates on the site to advise visitors that one ship was not coming due to engine trouble (after leaving Pictou) and another would not arrive until late Friday pm.

  • bob
    January 18, 2010 - 10:37

    I suspect the event was great.....sure were a lot of people and traffic around the village during the weekend. Pugwash has a lot of community spirit and seems to often be involved in newsworthy events. Having said that`, and understanding why this event received so much ìnk, I DO wonder why the newspaper (at least as I see it online) carried not a line or a photograph of an àll tears reunion`of Oxford Regional High School during the weekend....an event that attracted several hundred people . Surely an event of that magnitude must be worth a paragraph somewhere...remember The News boasts its been covering local area communities (including Oxford...since 1893.)

  • Lisa
    January 18, 2010 - 10:30

    On the Pugwash Harbourfest website it stated the ships were to leave at 3pm on Sunday, We were there well before lunch and they were gone. Waste of gas, and disappointed kids. Someone should get the facts straight. Not everyone has the money to waste.