For the first time, Hillsborough held a Canada Day Party in 2015. The party was held July 1st at the Kiwanis Ball Field and was sponsored by the Village of Hillsborough. There were many activities for everyone to enjoy including a bouncy castle, mini golf, face painting and balloon animals. The ball field was also opened to vendors to display their wares.
The Village of Hillsborough also sponsored the Best Canada Day Display throughout the village and the winners were Harold and Daphne Wilbur. They received a basket filled with gift certificates and merchandise donated from local businesses.
The crowd enjoyed live music performed by the talented Todd Geldart. The Hillsborough Kiwanis Club gave out over 300 free hotdogs to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Kiwanis International.
The Cinnamon Soul Café generously donated a Canada Day Cake, which was delicious!
Next year’s celebration promises to be bigger and better!
During the annual Alma Celebration Days in July, we first made our way down to the Salmon River to watch the Duck Races. Hundreds of people came to watch. As we made our way down to get a closer look, we noticed some out-of-province license plates and realized people from all over came to watch and participate. The ducks were released at 3:30pm and in no time the crowd roared with laughter as they cheered on their ducks hoping to reign victorious and win the cash prize! Three people would leave with riches: the first and second ducks to pass under the bridge and the last duck. Slow and steady may not always win the race, but at least they still won some money!
After the duck races we made our way down to the Alma Lobster Shop for a guided tour. The shop offered free tours all day for anyone who wanted to learn about lobsters. While we were there, I was overwhelmed with the scent of fresh seafood; it was a mouth-watering experience! Children walked around laughing as they dipped their hands in a tiny lobster petting zoo they had at the front of store!
For the first time, I attended the Museum Market held at the Albert County Museum in Hopewell Cape. The event was packed with local business owners and shoppers from around the area.
I got the chance to meet some of the business owners and got a better look at what they have to offer. Vendors were selling all sorts of things from tea, herbs and freshly baked goods to local meats, knitted hats and scarves as well as homemade maple syrup and jewellery!
As I walked around something caught my eye -- a homemade pizza oven made of simple items like straw, rock, mud and sand. Click here for more information about the Foods of the Fundy Valley Cob Oven
On Saturday July 4th, the annual RB Bennett Day was celebrated at the Albert County Museum to honour RB’s 145th birthday and 80th year since leaving office. There were several presentations from honorable guests including MLA Brian Keirstead, Harold Reid and William Harridge.
Harold Reid was born in Hopewell Cape 88 years ago and has generously donated to the museum over the years. William Harridge spoke about his uncle, RB Bennett.
The presentation included a speech from RB Bennett recorded on June 7th, 1934. The talk, entitled Triumph in Canada’s Great Dark Days, is now available on the CBC website. RB Bennett Day was concluded with William Harridge celebrating R.B’s birthday by cutting the delicious cake, which the crowd enjoyed along with some homemade ice cream.
Written by Jillian Shea (Chamber Ambassador) and Nikki LeBlanc (Coordinator Assistant) of the Albert County Chamber of Commerce.