MIDDLETON, NS - The Town of Middleton has yet again displayed its heart for all to see.
The 33rd annual Heart of the Valley Days took place in the town last weekend. Friday evening offered a fun run as well as family activities and a movie at Rotary Park. It also highlighted a successful bid by Danny Frame to set a new Guinness World Book of Records effort in the caber toss with 16 flips.
Saturday was a full day of activities for local residents and visitors that included good summer food, music, a bounce kingdom and even a reptile show. There was also the popular tractor pull and a ride on a monster truck.
And, of course, the annual Grand Parade continued to see onlookers of all ages line the streets of the parade route, despite occasional drizzle and showers.
The festivities had more to offer as well, including a focus on youth participation in sports. They included arm wrestling, BMX, ball hockey, volleyball, basketball, softball and a junior strongman competition.
Jamie Peppard is an event organizer and well-known local athlete and coach. In an interview, he said future Heart of the Valley Days will continue this emphasis.
“We are going to highlight all the good young people that are taking part in the event and in the foreseeable future you are going to see a reduction in the beer gardens and stuff that, which in the past, used to be part of the Heart of the Valley. The resources are going to go into the youth sport and the development area," he said.
“That's going to be the highlight for us, to show what great young athletes we have and encourage people to come out to support them.”