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Celebrating everything special about Amherst

Bluewave Energy branch manager Greg Smith presents a cheque to Amherst’s culture, events and marketing coordinator Jennifer Bickerton in support for the first “A” Fest from Sept. 13 to 15. - Town of Amherst photo
Bluewave Energy branch manager Greg Smith presents a cheque to Amherst’s culture, events and marketing coordinator Jennifer Bickerton in support for the first “A” Fest from Sept. 13 to 15. - Town of Amherst photo - Contributed

“A” Fest to including something for everyone

AMHERST, N.S. – Amherst is set to celebrate everything A next month during its first ever “A” Fest between Sept. 13 and 15.

The festival, which replaces the Blueberry Harvest Festival in August, is meant to celebrate everything that’s special about Amherst. To help the cause, two Amherst firms have stepped forward as platinum sponsors of the three-day event.

Bluewave Energy and Archway Insurance have each donated $1,000 to the event.

“As a company with local employees, we like to be involved in the community and to support the local people where we can,” Greg Smith, Bluewave Energy branch manager, said in a news release from the town. “Sponsoring this great event that celebrates our community is just one way that our company can do that.”

Archway Insurance manager Bill Munro said the company is a proud member of the business community and is pleased to support “A” Fest.

“This event celebrates the many great things about living in and visiting our community. Thanks to the organizers for what is sure to be a memorable festival,” Munro said.

Jennifer Bickerton, the town’s culture, events and marketing co-ordinator said there will be a full schedule of events and activities for all ages.

One of the major attractions for children will be the Kids Zone. There, youngsters will get the chance to clamber over bales of hay, take part in a bike parade, bouncy castles, laser tag and more.

During the weekend, there will be a fashion show and an art gala as well as the Hodge Podge Night Market.

Medium Michelle Russell will mesmerize crowds with her psychic abilities. In addition, there will be a family fun day and a family date night.

The sports minded aren’t being left out. Those who love baseball will get to watch the best young players in Atlantic Canada when the Baseball Atlantic U-15 Atlantic Championship tournament is held at the Robb Centennial Complex.

Hockey enthusiasts will also be satisfied as they can flock to the stadium to watch the 2018-19 version of the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers during their home opener.

“As you can see, this is a festival celebrating our active, healthy community,” Bickerton said. “We hope to see everyone there.”

A full schedule with be posted on the town’s website amherst.ca in the near future.

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