The Dickey Park Music Festival is set for Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. with music, fun and food for all ages.
AMHERST – For many years Dickey Park was at the centre of community celebrations. That legacy will be renewed Saturday when the Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association joins forces with Amherst 125 to host the Dickey Park Music Festival from 1 to 4 p.m.
“Two years ago the Dickey Park reunion was held and it was a huge success. We were looking for a way to help celebrate Amherst’s 125th birthday and we thought let’s have a music festival,” CANSA’s summer events planner Cassidy Glennie said. “There’s so much musical talent in Cumberland County. We’re bringing a lot of those entertainers for an afternoon of music, food and fun.”
Glennie said there will be a number of vendors at the park during the three-hour event along with a free barbecue. There’ll be fire truck rides, children’s games and mini-golf.
The event is also being co-sponsored by Service Canada and IMP Group.
Mitchell Scott, who is helping Glennie organize the festival, said it didn’t take much to find musicians to participate. He said it’s also a way for CANSA to spread the message about what it does in the community.
“We are always looking for events and activities in which we can play a role to help tell the story about what we do. We are now the only career resource centre in Cumberland County and we offer a lot of other services that are very important,” Scott said. “Events such as this help make people familiar with CANSA and what we do.”
Each of the entertainers will have about 20 minutes to perform with musician, Oxford town councilor and CANSA case manager Barry Patriquin serving as the emcee.
Among those performing are Drew Moore and Mike Blakeney, Eric Fresia, Chelsea Atkinson, Dick Bristol, Lily Rosaa, Dedria Green, Leah Killen and Gerald Davis, Brandon McLellan and Ed Cooke and Julie Carde.