85th Lobster Carnival wows crowds, organizers

PICTOU – Shawn McNamara was one happy guy on Sunday as the Pictou Lobster Carnival was winding down for another year. “Fantastic!” the Carnival committee chairman exclaimed as he talked about the crowds, the program and the good weather that graced the event. “The only thing we can’t control is the weather, and we got...

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Rockin’ the Lobster, all weekend long

Are you ready to rock the lobster with Jimmy Rankin? How about with the Barra MacNeils? How about with Charlie A’Court and Garrett Mason? Unfortunately, due to a family emergency Matt Minglewood, who was originally scheduled for tonight, will not be able to perform so A’Court and Mason will fill that role. The Good news,...

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Lobster Carnival ready with weekend passes

The Pictou Lobster Carnival is rolling up quickly this year. Organizers are celebrating 85 years in 2019 with some changes, the largest one being a change in presenting sponsorship. The new presenting sponsor will be the Fisherman of the Northumberland Strait. Kent Corbett, a long-time Lobster Carnival volunteer, says this change is very fitting. “The...

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2002 Pictou Lobster Carnival boat races

During past years, fishermen would often be the builder or participate in the building of their own wooden fishing boats. The fishing boats around these local waters were usually built with the design known as the round or barrel bottom. Those boats would be designed and built to a particular size and shape and unlike...

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Merchants unite for Spring Fling

PICTOU — Downtown retailers are organizing a Downtown Pictou Spring Fling on Saturday. Water Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Market Street to Coleraine Street for the event that will feature sidewalk sales and local entertainment. The Tatamagouche Road Train is also being brought in for tours...

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Rankin to Rock the Lobster

PICTOU — As the weather begins to improve, showing sure signs that summer is on its way, another sure sign is the lineup for the Pictou Lobster Carnival’s 85th event coming up July 5 through 7. Be prepared to Rock the Lobster with unmatched entertainment Friday through Sunday with something for everyone as the celebrations...

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Boat ramming during lobster boat races

First snow of 1966 occurred on January 7. That was our third winter living on the mainland. I’m assuming that Mom was getting a little homesick for she wanted to spend a few days visiting with our former Pictou Island friends. On January 21 at 9 a.m., mother flew to Pictou Island from Trenton airport...

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New face at helm of Fisheries Museum

PICTOU — Victoria Thompson says she’s looking forward to the opportunity to raise the profile of the Northumberland Fisheries Museum. Thompson began her duties on Feb. 4 as the museum’s curator. Her resume includes a decade of work in tourism, the arts, and fisheries research. It’s the first stint as a curator for Thompson, who...

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Celebrations, picnics and boat races in 1955 …

During past years, different communities around this area would host grand celebration each year. Some places that I recall these happenings being held were at Pictou Landing, Cape John and yes Pictou Island. These events usually drew thousands of people from various places much like the Pictou Lobster Carnival does today. Locals from such places...

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Ice, fire, a race and a brawl …

The Northumberland Strait was full of ice on May 1st 1965. It has been eight months since we moved off Pictou Island. My parents, however, were going to stay in our house on Pictou Island during lobster season. Four days prior on April 26th there was a lot of scattered ice. Nevertheless, my father and...

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