As usual, the Tignish Irish Moss Festival wraps itself around the Canada Day celebrations, but this year, Canada 150 celebrations just make it extra special.
Add in the grand opening celebrations for the Stompin’ Tom complex, happening just down the road in Skinners Pond, and Tignish and area becomes one big entertainment magnet.
The Irish Moss Festival and the Stompin’ Tom Centre are teaming up to present Canada Day fireworks display at Skinners Pond Harbour at 10 p.m. on July 1. Stompin’ Tom is the theme to the Irish Moss Festival’s parade Sunday at 1 p.m.
There will also be a fireworks display as an Irish Moss festival finale on Sunday night at Jude’s Point.
The festival’s Canada Day party on July 1 will take the form of a beach day at Myrick Shore park and beach from 1 to 4 on Saturday. There will be activities, face-painting and a free barbecue.
Chelsea Murphy, in her second year as festival coordinator, said a lot of popular events from past years are back – the youth talent competition, community yard sale, annual pageant the horse pull competition and, o course, the fireworks. A committee of five has been working since May to coordinate the events and they have enlisted more than a dozen volunteers to help deliver.
The Irish Moss Festival gets going this afternoon with a Canada 150 Legacy Celebration, including refreshments and a barbecue at Tignish Elementary School grounds, presented by Communities in Bloom committee. There’s a youth dance at the fire hall this evening and adult karaoke at the legion tonight.
A featured event on Thursday is opening night of the Tignish Dinner Theatre, Weak Shove of Talent, at the legion. Sara Lee Studio and Gallery will host Brushes Gone Wild at the fire hall
One of the festival’s most popular events, the P.E.I. Mutual Youth Talent Competition is all set for Friday evening at the arena. There’s a Friday Fun Flick, Boss Baby, at the fire hall and Chase the Ace ate the Legion, featuring entertainment by Kurk Bernard and Joey Doucette.
Saturday and Sunday are the jam-packed days.
A community-wide yard sale and a sidewalk sale both get the day started at 8 a.m.. The six Irish Moss Pageant contestants will take part in a pancake flipping contest at Shirley’s Café Saturday morning and they will make a stage appearance for the street wear and talent portions of the pageant Saturday evening at the arena. There’s a 1 p.m. shotgun start to the festival’s golf tournament at St. Felix and an adult dance with Old Doctor Young at the Legion at 10 p.m.
Inflatables in Bicentennial Park, a horse pull competition behind the park and an open house at the fire hall all get going Sunday right after the festival’s 1 p.m. parade. A co-ed ball tournament starts at 9 a.m.
Kids’ entertainment with Musicman Michael Pendergast, and a Bunny Trails Pet Ranch keep the Sunday afternoon focus in the Bicentennial Park.
The focus shifts to the arena Sunday evening for the pageant crowning.