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Digby celebrating Scallop Days Aug. 9-12

The Digby Scallop Days was represented by a float in this year’s Clare Acadian Festival parade, which was held on July 29. Last year’s queen Claudia Crocker, pictured on the float with child attendant Emma Perry, will pass the crown onto the next queen during the Aug. 9 Queen’s Coronation.
The Digby Scallop Days was represented by a float in this year’s Clare Acadian Festival parade, which was held on July 29. Last year’s queen Claudia Crocker, pictured on the float with child attendant Emma Perry, will pass the crown onto the next queen during the Aug. 9 Queen’s Coronation. - Tina Comeau

DIGBY, N.S. – The 44th annual Scallop Days festival lands in Digby Aug. 9-12 and event organizers have been busy all year lining up entertainment and activities for the four-day festival.

The festival kicks off on Aug. 9 with the Seaside Ramble at Point Prim. Guides will take participants on a tour of the shoreline to explore the effects of a nine-metre tidal range.

Following this is the Queen’s Coronation at Digby Hall, at the Pine’s.

After the princesses compete in a serious of interviews and speeches, the new Scallop Day’s Queen will be announced.

“It’s been a very, very busy year for me. But, it’s been an amazing experience and I wouldn’t change it for the world,” said the 2017-2018 Scallop Day’s Queen Claudia Crocker.

The Maritime Pirate Alliance are coming back to the festival for another year. This time, they’re going to be doing a pirate story time for kids on Aug. 11 at 4pm at the Digby Marina. After this, there will also be a pirate costume contest. The pirates will be walking around the festival all weekend.

Scallop Days logo.
Scallop Days logo.

The Aqua Golf station is back again for another year. Participants have to try hitting a golf ball onto a floating platform. New this year for the first 1000 golfers to play, if they get a hole-in-one on the first try they will be entered to win a $5,000 cash prize.

After the first 1000 golfers, anyone else who plays will be entered to win a laptop.

“This year we decided to do a bigger prize to really get some excitement behind it,” says Cheryl Forrest, chair of Scallop Days board of directors.

There’s live music scheduled all weekend, featuring many artists from all over Nova Scotia.

Many crowd favorite events are returning this year, including the scallop shucking competition, the show and shine car show, the Grand Street Parade and fireworks display.

Scallop Days began in 1975 and its Digby’s longest running festival.

“A lot of people who have moved away, come back to visit during the festival because it’s that special to the town,” says Forrest “I believe it’s a big part of our community. It brings people together.”

Visit the Digby Scallop Days website at digbyscallopdays.ca.

About the festival

Digby Scallop Days is Digby’s longest running festival. It is a celebration of scallops, the scallop fishing industry and the people who brave the seas to harvest them. Every year the festival has a different theme, but the focus of the festival always remains on the local scallops and the fleet that harvests them.

Digby Scallop Days schedule

The annual Digby Scallop Days runs Aug. 9 to 12 in Digby and there are a lot of activities planned.

THURSDAY, AUG. 9

• 2 p.m. Seaside Ramble, Point Prim

• 7 p.m. Queen’s Coronation, Digby Pines

FRIDAY, AUG. 10

• 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Vendors open, Admirals Walk

• 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Aqua Golf, Admirals Walk

• 10 a.m. Pet fashion show, PetValu

• 5:30 p.m. Scallop shucking competition, Marina

• 6:45 p.m. Opening ceremonies, Marina

• 7-9 p.m. Aqua Golf, Admirals Walk

• 7-9 p.m. Scallop Days BBQ, Marina

• 7-10 p.m. The Saunders Brothers, Marina

• 10 p.m. Small fireworks display, Marina

SATURDAY, AUG. 11

• 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Vendors open, Admirals Walk

• 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Slow Pitch Ball Tournament, Ball field

• 8:30 a.m. 5k & 10k Fun Run, Water Street

• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aqua Golf, Admirals Walk

• 10 a.m. Children's Parade, Marina

• 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Scallop Days BBQ, Marina

• 1-3 p.m. Shucking Demonstrations, Marina

• 12-4 p.m. Marv & Friends, Bandstand

• 1-2 p.m. HMCS Cadet Band, Marina

• 2 p.m. Tim Horton's Grand Street Parade, Water/Warwick

• 3-6 p.m. Yarmouth Bounce Inflatables, Marina

• 3-8 p.m. Beer Garden, Digby Legion

• 4 p.m. Pirates' Story Time & Kids, Pirates Costume Contest, Marina

• 5-8 p.m. Too Many Fingers, Bandstand

• 7-9 p.m. Aqua Golf, Admirals Walk

• 7-10 p.m. Alycia Putnam, Marina

• 10 p.m. Merimac – Official Scallop Days Fundraiser Dance, Sunset Pub

SUNDAY, AUG. 12

• 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Vendors open, Admirals Walk

• 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Aqua Golf, Admirals Walk

• 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Show & Shine, Water Street

• 9:45 a.m. Blessing of the Fleet, Marina

• 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Al Dupuis, Marina

• 11 a.m. Kids Scavenger Hunt, Fishermen’s Park

• 12 p.m. Scallop Shell Decorating, Fishermen’s Park

• 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Scallop Days BBQ, Marina

• 1-3 p.m. Shucking Demonstrations, Marina

• 1-5 p.m. Woodsmen Competition, Heritage Centre

• 2-5 p.m. Basin Street Blues Band, Marina

• 3-6 p.m. Too Many Fingers, Bandstand

• 6 p.m. Sunset Ceremony, Fishermen’s Wharf

• 7-10 p.m. Margie and James, Bandstand

• 6:45 p.m. Closing Ceremonies, Marina

• 7-10 p.m. One Night Only, Marina

• 10 p.m. Grand Finale Fireworks, waterfront

For more information about Digby Scallop Days visit the website www.digbyscallopdays.ca or visit the festival’s Digby Scallop Days Facebook page.

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