Following on the heels of the successful Pictou Spring Festival, organizers Kevin Pettipas and mother and daughter Sonya and Rhonda Park teamed up again to host the inaugural Fall Festival.
The event closed down Water Street from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday to make way for a team of horses, 4-H animals, barbecue and fun for kids of all ages.
The festival was held to raise funds to purchase a train for Pictou, much like the one in Tatamagouche. Pettipas wore many hats — and many pieces of straw — as he worked the barbecue, complete with corn on the cob, took donations for the wagon ride and negotiated prices at nearby yard sale tables.
Weather was on the organizers’ side as they filled the street with music, colour, scarecrows and smiles. Tatum and Finlay Mader were there especially “for the hay ride,” while Sawyer and Finn Conway didn’t know what to expect so were there to enjoy “all of the things.”
Thirteen scarecrows were entered into the public vote in effort to bring the community closer, being an event families and businesses could get creative with. For $1 for four votes, the money raised with the votes as well as the gift baskets will go directly to the purchase of a tourist attraction everyone will love. A basket made up of donations from local businesses would be rewarded to the winner of the best scarecrow and each vote was an opportunity to win a prize, too.
Sponsors included Pictou Veterinary Clinic, Sobeys, Ahead of Hair, Pharmasave, Sharon’s Place, Town of Pictou, and many more.
Sonya Park, of Water Street Bakery, was pleased to say she met a lot of regulars mixed with many new faces.
“We had a great turnout for the spring one, despite the crummy weather. Everything comes from online,” she said of the ideas including the scarecrow contest.
“It’s something people love to do, kids get together, it brings the community together.”
Kevin “Poppy” Pettipas, dressed as a scarecrow, took wagon ride donations and greeted the crowds during the first Fall Festival in downtown Pictou on Saturday which he helped organize. (Butland photo)