Shucking competition returns to festival

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Scallops are back on the program of this year’s Scallop Days. Organizers of Digby’s 33rd Scallop Days festival Aug. 6-10 have restored the scallop shucking competition that was dropped last year.

And for those who wonder what happens to all the scallops after they’re shucked, this year’s festival will auction off the succulent shellfish.

Mike Bartlett, who chairs the organizing committee, is happy to see the competition’s return, which this year will be held on the town’s main street. Digby council has approved closing Water Street for the Sunday, and the morning will be used for a street festival that includes a farmers’ market and perhaps twice as many buskers as last year.

West Pubnico lobsterman turned rocker Dwight d’Eon will be among headline attractions at festival. D’Eon became a familiar name across the country after making it to the final handful on the television show, ‘Canadian Idol’.

Bartlett says d’Eon will perform an afternoon concert shortly after the Saturday afternoon street parade, which will be held an hour earlier to accommodate the concert. D’Eon will also be one of three headliners at the dance later that day in the Digby Area Arena.

Joining him will be the bands ‘Remedy’ and the Rolling Stones tribute group ‘Ruby Tuesday’. “We have a new website but so far, only about a quarter of the events are on the website,” said Bartlett. “But vendors are already registering online so the website appears to be working.”

The site is www.digbyscallopdays.com

Among the events not yet nailed down, he said, is a Digby Area Theatre Society production of its Loyalist-themed play ‘New Hope’ on the Wednesday and Thursday of Scallop Days. “We’re still negotiating that but we’re pretty sure,” Bartlett said.

The Loyalist theme is also central to this year’s Scallop Days festival in keeping with the 225 the anniversary of the Loyalist landing at Digby.

Bartlett is also trying to secure a presentation showcasing the dogs’ agility—and ability—to handle an obstacle course.

A lengthy list of other features also includes an invitational event for artists that will see them setting up easels around town to paint Digby scenes. The paintings will be auctioned off afterwards.

Organizations: Digby council, Rolling Stones, Digby Area Theatre Society New Hope

Geographic location: Water Street

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