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 festival is to celebrate a safe and successful fishing season,” so to have the fishermen come on board is a win for the committee.
Longtime sponsor Sobeys will still have a large presence with the event, for which organizers are grateful.
A longtime partnership with the local radio station will continue with the 2019 event. Stingray radio’s Mix 94.1 and Z97.9 have jumped aboard continuing the local radio partnership and Corbett says the committee appreciates Sobeys and the radio’s recognition of the importance of the annual event.
Starting this week, the weekend passes for the 2019 event will be on sale at Big Al’s convenience in New Glasgow, East End Grocery, Portside Services former Sears in Pictou, Woody’s, Millside General and the Carnival office. Admission for this year’s event will be $15 per day at the gate or a weekend pass can be purchased for $30. “Those 18 and under are admitted free all weekend to the dry side of the main stage area,” Corbett noted. “This one fee also admits those 19 years and over to the Beer Garden and allows you to enjoy refreshments upon availability and proof of ID.”
In keeping with tradition, lots of entertainment for everyone is planned being headlined on Friday night by Makayla Lynn, Wichita and Cape Breton’s own Matt Minglewood. Saturday night’s headliner is Jimmy Rankin and on Sunday night the 2019 carnival will close out with Rum Ragged and headliner the Barra MacNeils.
Marion MacDonald, treasurer of the Pictou Lobster Carnival, says there’s lots of weekend passes still available for the 2019 event. Passes went on sale this week. (Jardine photo)