By Heather Killen
Ciderfest, running September 13 through 16, is Bridgetown’s annual fall celebration. Now in its 29th year, the usual fun is back with a few new frills.
One of this year’s big highlights is the Lieutenant Governor’s visit on Saturday to present the town with its Community Spirit Award at Jubilee Park at 11 a.m. This presentation, by Brigadier General the Honourable J.J. Grant, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, honours the community for its strength and its vitality.
Andy Kerr says this year’s festival is in line with past celebrations, with a few new events including pontoon rides up the Annapolis River and a tour of the Inglis family’s apple orchard.
Returning favorites this year feature the Queen Street celebrations, the youth ambassador luncheon, the grand street parade, the show and shine, the rubber duck race, the cardboard boat regatta and soapbox derby, and the Vernon Dakin car rally.
Kerr added this year they vamped up the food vendors to offer something tasty for everyone with Peelers Potatoes, Smokey's Rib Shack, Cotton Candy 4 You, Mini Donuts, Ralph's Sausages, Jesters Pizza, The Orange Ukulele, and the BRHS Grads Barbecue.
The festival kicks off at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, with the youth ambassador’s luncheon, a first chance to meet this year’s youth ambassador candidates. The apple pie contest takes the cake at the legion, starting at noon and running until 4 p.m.
This year’s Ciderfest harvest dinner follows at 4:30 p.m., and the day closes with a Country Courtyard Concert featuring Country Sunshine at Mountain Lea Lodge at 7 p.m.
Starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, stop by Queen Street and enjoy some great food and lively entertainment with Starcatchers, then visit the silent auction at the former Bee & B’s Fitness building and bid on items in support of the library.
A pancake breakfast at the Bridgetown Fire Hall gets Saturday off to a good start, followed by a slow-pitch tournament at the Bridgetown Memorial Field. The Ciderfest 5K Fun Run - Run, Walk, Jog begins bright and early at 8:30 a.m.
An apple orchard tour can be picked up in the parking lot of the End of the Line Pub starting at 9 a.m. and running until 1:30 p.m.
An interdenominational prayer walk takes place at 9:30 a.m. starting at the Inglewood Baptist Church and ending at the Salvation Army Citadel.
A full day of yoga is in store at Simply Being Fun Yoga Studio with various sessions being held throughout the day. A freewill offering to benefit the food bank will be collected and participants are asked to bring their own yoga mats.
The children’s parade starts at 2 p.m. and leads the grand street parade, with the rubber duck race close behind at 3:30 p.m. in Jubilee Park, followed by the cardboard boat regatta at 4:30 p.m.
At 7 p.m., the Valley Regional Library is sponsoring the Ciderfest Hunger Games: Fight Hunger, a youth initiative for the local food bank. Watch the Hunger Games movie and play fun Hunger Games-inspired games. Help end hunger in the community by bringing an item for the local food bank.
The adults can have their fun at the Ciderfest Stomp, the dance starting at 9 p.m. in the Bridgetown Arena, music provided by High Energy DJ Services.
The soapbox derby gets things started on Sunday at 9 a.m. along Washington Street (Bridgetown Regional Elementary School parking lot), to be followed by the annual music jamboree starting at 10 a.m. running throughout the day.
Show And Shine
The “Show and Shine” classic car show follows at 11 a.m. in Jubilee Park, with the annual Terry Fox Run from noon until 3 p.m. at the Bridgetown Regional High School. The Vernon Dakin Family Car Rally, wraps-up the festival fun at 3:30 p.m. at the Bridgetown Regional High School.
For more information on these events, visit http://www.bridgetownciderfest.com