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Avondale Wharf Day 2017 features new events plus crowd favourites


Published on August 8, 2017

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Six-year-old Reese Harvey, of Avondale, races towards a friend in hopes of smearing them with mud. When the tide went out, adults and children took advantage of the prime sliding ground.

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Volunteers help organize the Avondale Wharf Day each year. The core group responsible for the 2017 festival were, from left, back row: Dawson Sheehy, Nancy Morash, Karen Moore, and Amanda Rehberg; front row: Tricia Brommit, Kenny Lake and Adrienne Peters. Missing from photo: Kyle Norman.

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The Wharf Rat Reunion had people tapping their toes. The concert featured, from left, Glen Parker, Trudy Lake, Butch Sheehy, and Billy Lake.

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Live music at Avondale Wharf Day drew a crowd.

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Three-year-old Whalen Lake plays ball with family members as they enjoy an afternoon of live music.

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Newport Landing is a gorgeous spot in Hants County where people can relax and watch the tide.

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Lucas Legere is a pro at mud sliding.

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Lucas Legere briefly gets the upper hand on Colby Huntley as the pair have a mud fight.

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Anja Postma laughs as Jorja Huntley prepares to nail her with more mud.

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Kiera Huntley and Sasha Postma take a breather from playing in the mud.

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Kids and adults alike bathed in the outgoing tide of the Avon River inbetween mud sliding sessions.

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Lucas Legere is silhouetted by the setting sun as he jogs from the water back to the mud flats after an evening of mud sliding.

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AVONDALE, N.S. — Volunteers who help run Avondale's popular Wharf Day say 2017 was the best one in years.

The event, held Aug. 5 at Newport Landing, featured everything from a tidal tube race and vintage motor show, to yoga on the wharf, mud sliding, petting zoo, and live music all day.

Adrienne Peters, one of the organizers, was pleased with the event.

“It was our most successful day in years. We had an amazing crowd. We had lots of extra volunteers this year and it really showed,” said Peters.

“We had bands outside all day. We had kids events,” she said. “We had a bigger car show than what we have had in years. To top it off, we had the best fireworks show we had in years.”

Dawson Sheehy, who also helped organize the event, shared a similar sentiment, citing both the car show and tube race as big draws.

“It was very successful. We had a little extra money to put towards it this year. It's still not a profit-bearing event but we just want to put something on for the community,” said Sheehy.

Peters said 2018 is being planned for the last Saturday in July.

“It gets bigger and bigger every year. Next year, expect to have an all-day amazing experience,” she said.