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Berwick Gala Days provide plenty of fun for all

The Logie family brought their beautiful Cambridge Percherons to the Berwick Gala Days grand street parade on Sept. 4.
The Logie family brought their beautiful Cambridge Percherons to the Berwick Gala Days grand street parade on Sept. 4.

BERWICK, NS – Judging by the turn out there is lots of interest in Berwick’s annual Gala Days, which ran from Aug. 30 to Sept. 4.

Members of the Kingston Legion branch were busy waving in the Labour Day parade in Berwick.

The diverse Grand Street Parade stretched along Commercial Street on Monday afternoon.
“We had to fight the overcast weather, but overall Gala Days went really well,” said town councilor Ty Walsh.
Monday began with a Lions breakfast at 8 a.m. The rides and midway were busy despite windy and chilly weather.
A horse show took place on the arena grounds and Amanda Brule on the senior Reserve English championship. There were also horse pulls, a firemen's bingo and a BMX bike demonstration.
The Gala Days celebration wrapped up with the Community Challenge. The champions for the second year in a row were Team Rockland.
The relay-style event featured teams from different local communities who competed against each other.
Gala Day officially began last Thursday at the Woodville Community Hall and featured the popular dessert contest.
Kellock's Restaurant hosted a Gala Days Trivia Night on Aug. 31 as well. On Sept. 1 there was a free community skate at the arena and an outdoor community supper. It was sponsored by the Union Street Cafe.
A busy Saturday, with fun for all ages, got underway with the Lions Breakfast. The September breakfast is traditionally held in conjunction with Gala Days.
The children's parade was a crowd pleaser. Saturday’s afternoon events included a washer toss tournament, the Firemen's bingo, an ATV competition and modified lawn tractor pulls, all on the park grounds.
Also Saturday afternoon, the Gala Days Princess Tea saw Destiny Bartlett crowned princess. As MC Walsh said the room was full for that event.
“We had a great crew of people running that pageant,” Walsh noted.
That evening, Cottage Street was closed off for the third annual Gala Days Community Street Dance.
It continues to grow in popularity.
According to Walsh, who helped technically as Rod Reeves acted as DJ, there were over 400 dancers on hand.
“It was amazing,” he said of the third annual dance.
Sunday's schedule included the Berwick Gala Days Five-Mile Road Race, a livestock show, a model car show and a Craft and Gift Gala, both at the Berwick School, and an antique auto show.
There was a Teddy Bear Picnic, a pet show, Tug of War, and a woodsmen competition on the grounds.
Sunday evening's activities are all set for the grounds of Grand View Manor. They featured a concert with the band Witchitaw and fireworks display that Walsh called a crowd pleaser.
There are a wide array of events during Gala Days and Walsh paid tribute to the hard work that made the weekend successful.
“It really paid off,” he said, “especially when you have a volunteer force to help get things done.”


A whole Apple Blossom Festival contingent took part in Gala Days activity on Sept. 4.

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