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Shelburne Founders’ Days celebrating 35th anniversary

Some new and exciting events are in the mix for this year’s Shelburne Founders’ Days.
Some new and exciting events are in the mix for this year’s Shelburne Founders’ Days. - Kathy Johnson

Plenty of activities on tap for annual Shelburne festival

There will be no shortage of things to do and see at this year’s Shelburne Founders’ Days, to be held July 20 to 22 along the Shelburne waterfront on historic Dock Street.

New to the festivities this year is the Little Miss Founders Days Pageant on July 21 at the Guild Hall from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. This activity is hosted by the Shelburne Lions Club. Girls ranging in age from seven to nine will participate in the pageant.

“We are really excited about the Little Miss Pageant,” said Shelburne event co-ordinator Robin Walker, one of the organizers for Founders’ Days. “It’s our first year of doing it and it should bring a lot of people.” He said it is always a popular event at the Shelburne County Exhibition.

Walker said there will be a lot of music this year, including for the first time, the Yarmouth Shantyman, scheduled to perform Sunday, July 22 at 2 p.m. Jamie Cotter, the Ragged Island Roosters, Matt Bone, Port Roseway Strutters (Manitoba Hal and Jay Pilzer), The Poorboys, Cutthroat Bubba & Friends, One Meter Up and Jessica Jürgenliemk are among the other performers who will take the stage at the Guild Hall during the festival.

Also on the music front is Brian Nickerson’s Karaoke Show from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Guild Hall on July 20, followed by the first round of Shelburne’s Got Talent from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The finalists advance to Saturday night’s finale, scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. The stage at the Osprey Arts Centre will be the scene for the Youth Drama Camp Performance at 2 p.m. on July 21. Tickets are available at the door, $10 for adults and $5 for students.

For the kids, there will be face painting, bouncy houses, crafts and games at the Shelburne Museums By the Sea complex throughout the weekend, and the Amazing Mr. J’s Magic Show on July 20 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Guild Hall.

For those a little older, the Shelburne Museums By the Sea complex will be staging heritage demonstrations with costumed interpreters at the 18th Century Life Ross-Thomson House and Store, Charlotte Lane, offering guided Historic Waterfront Walking Tours with museum staff and whirligig painting for ages eight and older.

For the athletically inclined, Sou’Wester Athletics is hosting a CrossFit Fun Run July 21, beginning at 173 Mowatt St. Warmup starts at 8:45 a.m. and the fun run at 9 a.m. Register online at Sou’Wester Athletics Facebook page.

The ever-popular washer toss tournament is scheduled for July 21 starting at 11 a.m. in the Bill Norman Park. No pre-registration is necessary.

And for those who like to live on the edge, the lobster crate races are back this year, after getting rave reviews last year. “They were a big hit last year,” said Walker. Hosted by the Municipality of the District of Shelburne, registration for the crate races begins at 4 p.m. at the town dock, with competition starting at 4:30 p.m.

Other Founders’ Days highlights include a vendor’s market, pirates, Shelburne Longboat row and rides, the 18th Century Loyalist encampment, the interactive Aboriginal Village, fireworks over Shelburne Harbour (July 20, 10 p.m.), breakfast at the Sandy Point Lighthouse starting at 8 a.m. on July 21, and the Parade of Lights on July 21 at 10 p.m. For a complete schedule visit www.shelburnefoundersdays.com/.

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