Scallop Days builds on success

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Sunday’s fireworks display promises surprise conclusion to family festival

The 35th annual Scallop Days runs from today until Sunday and people can expect the usual fun and games, vendors and entertainment—but the fireworks display may offer a surprise.

Scallop Days chair John Soles says planning and preparation has gone well, and built on the success of recent years.

“We’ve had full cooperation with the town and everybody,” said Soles.

There will be two parking lots of children’s activities with bouncy toys and wacky bikes. The only location changes are for the net knitting and scallop shucking competitions, which will take place on Water Street this year, he said.

Also on Sunday, a section of Water Street from Prince William Street to Church Street will be closed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Soles boasts the fireworks display this year will be something everyone needs to see. “We have some special stuff this year and we want people going away from here saying everyone should have been in Digby.”

The wharf will be closed to pedestrian traffic during the fireworks show.

“We’re going to have many arts, crafts, local vendors and eats,” along with all the entertainment and events, Soles said.

Scallop Days kicked off this morning with a pet fashion show at Bayview Animal Hospital. A bike rodeo is scheduled for this afternoon and be followed by an opportunity to meet Scallop Days princesses at Peck’s Audiotronics at 2 p.m.

Canoe races start around 5:30 p.m. with a Digby and Area Theatre Society presentation ‘Pages From Our Past’ at 8 p.m. in the Community Theatre at Digby Regional High School.

We have some special stuff this year and we want people going away from here saying everyone should have been in Digby. Scallop Days chair John Soles

Tomorrow, the annual Tideview Terrace tea will go from 2-4 p.m., and the Seaside ramble begins at Point Prim at 12:30 p.m.

Friday, the children’s carnival runs from noon to 9 p.m., there will be an aquaculture touch tank, ‘kidz act’ and scallop dinner as well. The queen’s coronation takes place in the Community Theatre at 7 p.m. The Much Music video dance will be in Digby Area Arena from 8 p.m. to midnight.

On Saturday the fun continues with a breakfast at the Royal Canadian Legion in Digby, a slow pitch ball tournament at 8 a.m., fun run at 8:30 a.m. and a ball hockey tournament around 10 a.m. The children’s parade is also at 10 a.m. with the grand street parade at 2 p.m.

Sunday, people of all ages can enjoy a reptile show in the marina from 1-5 p.m. Net knitting contest starts at 2 p.m. with the scallop shucking to follow at 3 p.m. Closing ceremonies will be held from 7 - 9:45 p.m. at Digby Marina and the Sea Cadets’ flag ceremony starts at 7 p.m. at Evangeline Mall. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:45 p.m.

For a complete schedule visit www.digbyscallopdays.com

Organizations: Community Theatre, Bayview Animal Hospital, Area Theatre Society Digby Regional High School.Tomorrow Royal Canadian Legion

Geographic location: Digby, Water Street, Prince William Street Church Street

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