Merchants unite for Spring Fling

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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 in town.

Kevin Pettipas has joined fellow downtown merchants Sonja Park and her daughter Rhonda Park to develop the event.

The Parks have reopened Water Street Market and Bakery for the season, while Pettipas is occupying a storefront across from it as a temporary location for his Poppy’s variety store while he determines a permanent location following the fire that destroyed his previous location last month.

They view the Spring Fling as a way to attract people to Pictou’s downtown.

“We want people to know we’re here,” Sonja said.

“We’re trying to let people know what’s available and get them shopping here,” Pettipas said.

Areas on each side of the street will be designated for tables or tents for vendors to set up.

The Pictou Lobster Carnival is sponsoring a barbecue, while popcorn is being sold with proceeds going to the Pictou West Food Bank.

A pancake breakfast is also scheduled at New Horizons.

The group thought about such an event earlier in the spring but decided to focus on Mother’s Day Weekend and hope for warmer weather.

The event also coincides with a matinee show at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre.

Pettipas can be contacted at and Sonja or Rhonda can be contacted by phone at 902-485-8454 for more information.

Kevin Pettipas and Rhonda Park stand beside a likeness of the Tatamagouche Road Train that will be featured in Pictou for the Downtown Spring Fling on Saturday. (Goodwin photo)