Summer at the harbour

Dave Mathieson
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Tall ships, family activities highlight annual Pugwash gathering

Summer at the harbour

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, Ontario 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.

Geographic location: Kirkland Lake, Ontario

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