Test your knowledge of Pictou County trivia


Do you know which Pictou County beach has the warmest waters north of the Carolinas? Or what local town is the birthplace of the first pouring of steel in British North America? How about the name of the street where you could reportedly find the only building in the world with a window in its chimney?

If you know the answers to these questions about Pictou County trivia, then what are you waiting for? Time is running out to enter a team into The Great Pictou County Routes to Riches Race.

This inaugural event, taking place July 16 – rain or shine – is a fundraiser for the Pictou County Roots for Youth organization and will be based on the popular TV show The Amazing Race. In this TV reality show, teams of two race around the world uncovering clues that send them to another destination and another clue. Along the way are challenges – both physical and mental – detours and hijinks. Teams are eliminated one by one at the end of each leg of the journey with the end result being a cash prize.

The Great Pictou County Routes to Riches Race will be similar in that teams will travel throughout the county looking for clues in what organizers are calling “best kept secrets, lesser known special places or hidden gems of Pictou County.” There will be six legs to the race.

Response to the first-time event has been great so far, say organizers Stacey Dlamini and Jan Keefe.

“There has been a lot of chatter and conversation and a lot of social media buzz,” says Dlamini. Now, it’s time to put words into action and get registered.

Organizers are hoping to get at least 30 teams to participate and there is still room for more. “We even have some teams registered who are from outside of our Pictou County borders.”

Why not put a team together and challenge another team? the organizers suggest. They’d like to see law firms challenging law firms, car dealerships challenging other dealerships and so on.

Participating is simple, adds Keefe. “Download an entry form which can be found on our website (http://www.pictoucountyrootsforyouth.com) or pick one up at any Scotiabank location and fill it out there or email it to me at jan@pictoucountyrootsforyouth.com.” Or, teams can call 902-695-3241.

To enter, teams must fundraise $100; teams can be as large or as small as they like, with one exception: all team members must fit in one vehicle. A team of four or five will probably race from clue to clue driving a sedan or compact car; a team of seven will need a passenger van and so on. Final date to register a team is July 8.

The race will start and finish at the old YMCA building in New Glasgow. There will be lots of activities for kids throughout the morning and afternoon. A barbecue and carnival will allow those families who aren’t racing to still show their support and cheer on the teams coming in.

“Closer to the race date we’ll be releasing a few ‘clues’ to whet your appetite, so brush up on your Pictou county trivia,” Keefe laughs.

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