KENSINGTON — It’s that time of year when Kensington residents tend to take their vacation and come together to celebrate their community.
The 47th annual Kensington Harvest Festival begins Thursday night with UCW Wresting at Community Gardens Complex, and continues until Aug. 22, with a long list of varied activities and events in between.
“It’s a very busy week,” said festival organizer, Linda Crozier.
Shelved is the baby pageant, a long-standing event that was getting increasingly difficult to carry out each year, added Crozier.
“This is the first year that we haven’t done it in years,” she said. “There are just not enough babies to put up on the stage to compete. It is really hard to judge babies and I would love to give every baby first prize. Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen like that.”
Friday, the beach volleyball tournament begins, running from 9 a.m. to 9 pm. That night, there’s music at the Kensington Club by Adam MacGregor and the Foes.
On Saturday, it’s a festival favourite — the Mammouth Street Parade — which weaves its way through the streets of the town starting at 2 p.m.
Crozier said this year’s parade will be the biggest to date and will feature Ontario’s Burlington Teen Band, comprised of close to 150 members.
“Our parade is going to be a lot longer than normal, which is good,” she added. “Every parade should have a band and this is a marching band.”
A long list of events is on tap during the day, including a pancake breakfast at the Murray Christian Centre from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., the 41st annual Malpeque Bay Credit Union 25-kilometre Foot Race, more beach volleyball, an artisans’ demonstration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kensington Art Co-op, children’s activities at Community Gardens Complex from 1 to 4 p.m., and a performance by the Burlington Teen Tour Band from 3 to 4 at the Train Station.
On Sunday, the day begins with an ecumenical service at the United Church at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Kensington Gear Headz Karz for Kidz Car Show from 12 to 4 p.m. at the ball fields, kids day at Community Gardens at the same time, matinee horse racing at the Kensington Race Track at 2 p.m. and, from 2 to 7 p.m., Johnny’s Dairy Bar is offering free slushies and mini golf for the kids.
Monday night marks the official opening of the Harvest Festival at 7 p.m., featuring Summerside native Doug MacLean, a hockey analyst for Rogers Sportsnet. At that time, the Clair Mayhew Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented.
“It’s going to be a big night,” said Crozier, who wouldn’t hint who will get the award.
At 7:30, the first night of the Miss Community Gardens Pageant, which features 13 contestants, begins with the talent portion.
“The pageant brings in a lot of people,” said Crozier. “It takes place on three nights.”
Earlier in the day, its Reg Hiltz Memorial Flower Show from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, as well as the WI food and vegetable exhibit from 10:30 to noon, at Community Gardens Complex.
Tuesday features a new event — seniors musical entertainment from 2 to 4 p.m. At Community Gardens Complex, there will be Lego Mania (more details can be found at Kensington.ca) from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by a farmers market at 5:30, Little Rays Reptile Show from 6 to 7, the P.E.I. Mutual Youth Talent Contest at 7 and the fashion portion of Miss Community Gardens.
Wednesday, there’s crokinole from 12 to 4 p.m., the farmers market at 5:30 and the Miss Community Gardens evening wear portion at 7:15 with the crowing of Miss Community Gardens 2014 at 9 p.m.
The week wraps up with Game Show Night at Community Gardens Complex on Friday, Aug. 22, starting at 7:30 p.m.
For more information and a full list of activities, visit www.kensington.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org.