Left to right, Sackville councillors Bill Evans, Joyce Oâ€™Neil and Ron Aiken cut the New Brunswick Day cake during last yearâ€™s celebrations.
TANTRAMAR, N.B. â€“ New Brunswick Day will be celebrated with family, fun and free food throughout the Tantramar region this year and everyone is invited to join in the festivities.
Area residents will have a variety of ways to celebrate the civic holiday on Monday, Aug. 4 this year â€“ from family fun at Lillas Fawcett Park in Sackville to a historical presentation at Fort Beausejour, and childrenâ€™s activities in Dorchester and Port Elgin, there are plenty of activities to suit everyoneâ€™s taste.
In Sackville, the festivities get under way at noon at Lillas Fawcett Park (Silver Lake) with musical entertainment by Old Time Country kicking off the celebrations. The afternoon will also feature a barbecue and cakewalk provided by Shinerama organizers.
Also on tap will be a Jell-O eating contest and water games for kids as well as presentation of the New Brunswick Day Merit Award.
Rain location will be at the Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Centre. For more information check out the website at Sackville.com or Facebook page at facebook.com/sackvillenb.
In Dorchester, NB Day festivities will start at 1 p.m. at Richard Park on Cape Road (rain location at St. Edâ€™s Community Hall), with a barbecue and cake being served up by the village council. A number of games and activities for the children will be put on by the recreation staff.
In Port Elgin, residents are invited to bring a lawn chair, sit back and relax and enjoy the musical entertainment playing at Centennial Park (on Shemogue Road) throughout the afternoon from 1-3 p.m. Cake and refreshments will also be served.
Fort Beausejour-Fort Cumberland National Historic Site in Aulac will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will have cake and activities for children throughout the day, including a scavenger hunt and Xplorers activities.
At 2 p.m., a slideshow presentation will be put on by Earle Lockerby in the original restored underground casemate based on the Journal of Jeremiah Bancroft at Fort Beausejour & Grand-Pre. This book is based on the diary of young New England soldier Jeremiah Bancroft, who, in 1755, enlisted to fight against the French Empire in North America. Embarking from Boston that April with 2,000 of his countrymen, his attention was focused on capturing Fort BeausÃ©jour. Bancroftâ€™s journal recounts the fortâ€™s rapid surrender as well as his New England forceâ€™s subsequent redeployment against the civilian population of Acadia. Bancroft gives a new and unique glimpse into what took place in 1755 and how a tragic chapter of Canadian history unfolded.