Stellarton Homecoming has it all

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Stellarton Homecoming has so many fabulous activities planned for this year that festival-goers won’t go home hungry or bored!

This year’s Homecoming will run July 24-28 and kicks off Wednesday at 10 a.m. with the Coffee Party at the Presbyterian Church. The Charity Ice Cream Social, sponsored by Bounce Around Inflatables and Highland District Soccer, will take place at Town Square from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Proceeds from this sweet event will be directed to Westville/Stellarton Salvation Army Christmas Fund.

The Homecoming Heritage Walk will take place Wednesday through Sunday at the Museum of Industry at 2 p.m. and the ever-popular Mayor’s Garden Party Opening Concert, which takes place at Allan Park, will run 7-9 p.m. and is sponsored by Sobeys. Entertainment will be provided by the always fantastic band Big Fish.

Thursday begins with a barbecue in the Medical Hall Parking Lot from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Proceeds from this event will be directed to the IWK. A Seniors Lunch will run 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the RCAF Association on Foord Street.

There is an opportunity to dust off the golf clubs and participate in a golf tournament at the Abercrombie Golf Club beginning at 1 p.m. Call the RCAF for details to register and book carts 902-752-5168.

Firefighters Competition is set for the soccer fields, Old Foxbrook Road, beginning at 6 p.m. and if you’re hungry, a barbecue will be available by the Stellarton Area Lions Club. Trivia Night at the RCAF begins at 8:30 p.m.; no need to pre-register.

A Coffee Party will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at Christ Anglican Church. The ScotiaBank Children’s Costume Parade will take place once again on Foord Street at 6:30 p.m.

Street Party presented by Mix 94.1FM will take place downtown 6:30-9 p.m. (weather pending). This is several events rolled into one with antique cars, live entertainment, food truck rally, barbecue, Keith Lodge open house, and Pharmacy First’s Strawberry Social highlight this event. Ferrona, featuring Lynn DeCoste and Sandra DeCoste will be entertaining and the food trucks will be providing $5 menu items. In addition, popular eateries like Sam’s and Andre’s Seats will be offering all of their favourite menu items as well.

A pre-teen dance at Dream Candy (above the library) will run 7:30-9 p.m. and the Old Time Dance at Stellarton Legion will run 9 p.m.-1 a.m. featuring “Harold Borden and the Tren-Tones”.

“This is a new event we’re really excited for,” says Paul Corbin, recreation director. “Tickets are being sold for $10 at the Legion and town hall, but there’s only 250 of them and they’re more than half sold out already. We’re hoping for a huge turnout.”

Wakey, wakey! Saturday will begin bright and early with the popular pancake breakfast at the fire hall 7-11 a.m. Once your belly is full of pancakes, plan to head over to the yard sale at the Presbyterian church, 8-11 a.m. or try your had at the Washer Toss Tournament on Pleasant Street at the Horseshoe Beds, 10 a.m.

Family Fun Day can be enjoyed at the Soccer Fields on Old Foxbrook Road, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. A pork chop barbecue will take place at the RCAF Association 3:30-5:30 p.m.

The Homecoming Dance & Beer Garden, presented by Classic Rock 97.9FM, takes place this year at the Pictou County Wellness Centre 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

“It was a difficult decision to move the dance to the Wellness Centre,” explains Corbin. “But that’s good news because it means the dance has outgrown the Nova Scotia Community College.”

He notes, “The Wellness Centre was fantastic to work with and everyone is doing their best to recreate the Stellarton rink dances of the past. The floor plan will be the same, the decorations will be familiar, the murals will be familiar, and the RCAF will continue to provide the bar service and Stellarton Police will provide security.”

Corbin says there are bonuses to having the dance at the Wellness Centre. “It is a modern, clean facility that is temperature controlled and its larger size allows for a large crowd.”

Another bonus is that CHAD Transit will provide transportation all night long, beginning at 10:30 p.m. Buses will leave from behind the Stellarton Town Hall and travel to the Wellness Centre every 15 minutes, and will provide transportation back to the town hall parking lot until 2:30 a.m.

“We’re really excited that Old School, based out of Moncton, will be playing at the Homecoming dance.”

Cemetery Mass Our Lady of Lourdes will be at 9 a.m. Sunday followed by an ecumenical church service at Sharon St. John Church at 11 a.m.

Closing concert and fireworks are at the Soccer Fields beginning at 8 p.m. (weather pending) with entertainment by Next Exit. A barbecue will be available from the Stellarton Area Lions Club.