Fusion Fest fun

NEW GLASGOW — Saturday’s Fusion Fest proved once again to be a huge hit with Pictou County.

Nanda Shirke of the Multicultural Association of Pictou County said she believes this year had record attendance, although the official numbers are not yet in. The weather certainly co-operated.

“The weather was just amazing,” she said. With about nine or 10 food vendors at the festival, so many people attended that the vendors ended up selling out of all of their food. The food is usually one of the most popular things at the festival, Shirke added.

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“I must have dressed up between 35 to 40 people in saris,” she said. Shirke was stationed at the dress-up tent and added that she had people of all ages wanting to try on some of the traditional clothing.

Ruby Wynn-Badoux, 3, tries on a sari during the annual Fusion Festival held Saturday at Glasgow Square.

Along with a lineup at the dress-up tent, Shirke added that there were also big lines waiting for the face painting, henna, tattoos and photo booth. She added that each of those booths were free to anyone who wanted to take part.

The children’s corner was also a popular stop at the festival that had free books for kids to take home with them.

“People were like ‘why don’t you do this more often?’” Shirke said about the comments she received from some of the attendees of the festival.

This year was also the first time a silent auction had been included in the festivities. The auction seemed quite popular, she added, as there were a number of people bidding on the items.


Florence Ward, left, and her grandaughter Dakota Wright, 11, enjoy some of the food offered at the Fusion Festival on Saturday in New Glasgow.

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Heather Brimicombe
Heather Brimicombe is a Pictou County native and graduate from the University of King's College in Halifax with a Bachelor of Journalism Honours degree as well as a combined major in Sustainability. She has previously won a Canadian Communities Newspapers award for a multimedia feature and was part of a team nominated for a Canadian Association of Journalism data award in the investigative category. Photography, art, sports and outdoor activities are all hobbies of hers as well as crafting, and baking.