TIDNISH – The 34th annual Tidnish Festival is moving ahead as planned this weekend… at least, for now.
A decision will be made on Friday whether or not to call off the July 5-6 event due to the pending arrival of Hurricane Arthur in Nova Scotia this weekend, according to Piercy Haynes, one of the board directors of the Tidnish Crossroads and Area Community Association.
“I’m hoping it’s just rain that we get, and we’ll keep going,” said Haynes. “But if it’s windy too… you can’t even play ball then.”
Activities planned for the weekend include live music, kids’ games, a co-ed softball tournament, washer toss, the Tidnish market, artists and artisans at the park, a bake sale at the community centre, a pork chop barbecue, and canteen services all weekend.
The festival is sponsored by the association, with proceeds used for the upkeep and improvements at the community centre, the Rodney Estabrooks Memorial Sports Field, and other community projects.
The importance of the festival to Tidnish is felt by none more than Haynes, who has been involved with it “since Day 1.”
“Even before the festival started, we always had something going on around here,” he recalled. “It means a lot to the community.”
In the 34-year history of the festival, Haynes does not recall the event ever being canceled due to the weather, although he remembers one event about 20 years ago that saw heavy rainfall during the weekend.
“It rained, and rained, and rained, but we didn’t stop anything, we just kept going,” he said. “I remember my granddaughter running around in diapers, sliding and jumping into the puddles on the lawn.”
This year’s festival is scheduled to begin Friday evening with the kick-off of the softball tournament, which will continue into Sunday. Saturday will see the bake sale at the community centre at 10 a.m., with artists and artisans at the sports field from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The official opening of the festival will take place at noon on Saturday, while washer toss will run from 1-3 p.m., and kids’ games will begin at 1 p.m. Live entertainment will see Castlereagh perform from 2-4 p.m.
Sunday will see the opening of the Tidnish market at 8 a.m., at the Tidnish General Store. Washer toss will once again take place from 1-3 p.m., while kids’ games will begin at 1 p.m. The pork cop barbecue will run from 4-6 p.m. Live entertainment will feature Second Toe from 2-4 p.m.