Joanne Frost, of the Ciderfest planning committee, says that this year’s theme -- The Core of Your Community -- is about celebrating the tried-and-true in Bridgetown.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s a town, or a community, we’re celebrating the centre,” she said. “And we’ve planned events to bring people closer to the businesses.”
“A Day in the Life of Bridgetown,” a 24-hour photography contest, is back for the third year. People are invited to go snap happy and photograph their favorite moments of the festival.
The contest starts Friday at 5 p.m. and runs until Saturday at 5 p.m. This event offers fresh perspectives of the festival from all angles and gives the town a legacy of memories.
Last year the committee used the photographs to make a calendar, this year it’s hoping to use winning scenic shots for postcards to promote the town. Great prizes are available for the winning photographers, and there are several different categories to enter.
The special Vernon Dakin car rally on September 13 is another highlight of this year’s festival, said Frost. The Grandparent’s Day scavenger hunt/car rally will pair up grandparents and their special kids for a Sunday afternoon drive. This event winds down at Jubilee Park with a free barbecue.
This year’s festival officially kicks off September 9 at 5:30 p.m. with theYouth Ambassadors’ dinner, sponsored by the Lions Club at the Royal Canadian Legion. Thursday at noon, the Apple Pie contest gets rolling at the legion.
The Ciderfest Harvest Dinner -- featuring turkey with all the fixings -- runs 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the legion.
Friday’s activities start at 4 p.m. with a silent auction at Firefly Makery, followed by Graves Freshmart Ciderfest Café Friday evening at the Bridgetown legion.
The fun continues Saturday morning with a pancake breakfast, slow pitch tournament and Ciderfest 5 k fun run.
Annapolis Valley Regional Library’s annual book sale runs all morning. Apple orchard tours and boat tours take place at various times and pick-up is at the End of the Line Pub.
New this year, the Cider Street Fest takes place along Queen Street. This new event features buskers, a sidewalk sale, bounce kingdom, and a pie-eating contest.
Premier Stephen McNeil is this year’s parade marshal leading the Grand Street Parade at 2 p.m., with the rubber duck race, Cardboard Boat Regatta, and D’Aubin Family sponsored barbecue to fill in the rest of the afternoon. The Ciderfest Stomp will take the celebration through the evening.
Sunday kicks off with the Soapbox Derby at 9 a.m. followed by the Ciderfest Market, a show and shine classic car show, and the Vernon Dakin Family Car Rally. The festival winds down on a sweet note with the Service of Song at St. Alphonsus Church.
For an up to date list of events and schedule, visit www.bridgetownciderfest.com