With three days events on tap, activities will get under way on Friday and conclude with a fireworks display on Sunday evening.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Port Elgin village councillor Brenda Jones, organizer of the festival.
Jones said the intent of the festival is to not only bring together people from within the community to enjoy some family fun and celebrate summer, but to also draw in visitors from outside the village to showcase what Port Elgin has to offer as a destination and not just as a ‘drive-by’ community on the way to and from PEI.
She said this year’s Summer Breezes features a variety of events for all ages and she hopes to continue adding new ones each year as she tries to “make it bigger and better than ever before.” Jones said she’d like to see the festival return to its heyday of the early ‘90s, when it was “booming” and included festivities such as a parade and a pageant.
Events kick off Friday afternoon with an all-ages baseball game at Port Elgin Regional School from 4-6 p.m., followed up by a youth dance at Centennial Park at 8:30 p.m.
On Saturday, there will be a giant yard, bake and craft sale at the park on Main Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., a popular draw for all ages.
At 10:30 a.m., local youth are invited to take part in the children’s dress-up parade. Kids are encouraged to come on out on their bikes, trikes, wagons and walkers, with the theme being ‘fun in the sun.’ They will walk from the park on Station Street to Centennial Park, where the judging will take place.
Also at Centennial Park, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be an afternoon of fun and games for all ages as well as a barbecue. This will feature blow-up slides, bouncy castles, face painting, a mock jail, and more.
At 4 p.m., there will be a kite-flying event for all ages at Fort Monckton on Fort Street, where everyone is invited to bring their kites and show off their skills.
Adults can take part in a scavenger hunt beginning at 6 p.m., and there will also be more baseball games from 6-8 p.m.
A church service will take place at the Melrose Catholic Church at 7 p.m., and there will be an adult dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Port Elgin Raceway featuring Double Play.
Sunday’s activities will start off at 10:30 a.m. with a church service at Trinity United Church in Baie Verte.
The popular wharf events will get under way at 2 p.m. and will include a kettle boil, swimming races, tube races, mock jail, lawn tractor races, tug-of-war, lazer tag, music and more at the Port Elgin Wharf on Station Street.
The Festival will close with a bang on Sunday night with a fireworks show at the wharf at dusk.