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Barbecues, dragon boating and more …

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Hannah Fraser, Burke Murray and Georgia Murray

We have been having the best summer ever cruising around Pictou County. It has been so wonderful getting to know many of you at all of the various events we’ve been to so far this summer.

We had the chance to mingle with some locals at the Stellarton Homecoming. We started the Homecoming week at the coffee party, kindly hosted by the First Presbyterian Church. After filling our bellies there, we headed to the ice cream social at Stellarton Town Square to satisfy our sweet tooth. We had lots of energy and were eager to learn about the history of Stellarton and the mines, we participated in a Heritage Walk hosted by the Museum of Industry.

After a much needed rest we woke up bright and early the next day to catch up with town clerk Susan Dumaresq Higdon, at the Stellarton BBQ Party, where we also mingled with other town patrons! In the evening, we took a journey to River John to celebrate River John Festival Days. While in River John we had the opportunity to enjoy a performance by the band Route Six, on the water. What’s better than listening to some awesome tunes on the water in a picturesque Nova Scotian small town like River John?

The next day was busy and fun-filled as we kicked off the Race on the River dragon boat festival in downtown New Glasgow. Our president and CEO, Sean Murray, emceed the opening ceremonies and announced big news for the WomenAlike team. Members past and present were nominated for induction into the Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame. We couldn’t have said it better — the members of WomenAlike “are a shining example of community excellence”. We got ready for race day and watched the close competition for first place. Georgia and Burke both showed true Advocate spirit and raced with the Advocate Printing Devils in the races!

On Sunday, we drove to wonderful Toney River for their community barbecue. We enjoyed delicious barbecued chicken and connected with locals.

This week we reconnected at Anchor Toyota to give some swag away and take a few pictures. We then headed out to Scotsburn for the Annual Scotsburn Pork Chop Barbecue. If you like pork chop barbecues, Pictou County is the place to be! After our supper we checked out the Walk Through Time Museum and a local art gallery at the community recreation centre. We loved spending the whole evening in Scotsburn, giving us the chance to explore another small community in Pictou County.

On Thursday, we headed to The Chamber of Commerce where we had the opportunity to speak with many members of the local business community and give out free copies of the Business Review, while people came and went for meetings or to purchase tickets at the satellite Riverfront Jubilee box office.

Next was Jubilee weekend in New Glasgow; on Saturday we fired up the barbecues and put on our chef’s hats to cook up some food at the inaugural all-ages Jubilee event, Carlton’s Community Bash, presented by Sobeys, at the Sobeys Soccer Complex in Stellarton. We were delighted to hear local youth talent on the stage throughout the entire event.

To finish off the weekend, we made our way over to Pictou Lodge to share copies of At Home on the North Shore magazine and copies of the newspapers with guests. We loved hanging out on the beautiful beach.

Next week you will be able to see us at Tim Hortons locations around Pictou County, the Hopewell Ceilidh parade, The Mayor’s Tea in New Glasgow, the annual Pictou County Seniors Festival in Trenton, the Blueberry Ceilidh in Thorburn, Heatherton Funfest Days and other various events around Pictou County!

Keep updated on our social media @Advocruiser to come find us everywhere this summer. We always are looking forward to saying hello.