HANTSPORT – Hundreds of people descended upon the Haven of Hospitality to celebrate the nation’s birthday.
July 1 also marked the first day Hantsport became a community within the Municipality of West Hants, and no longer a town.
The day featured several activities including a parade, dog show and of course, fireworks.
Robbie Zwicker, the town’s former mayor, said the national holiday will remain a big day for Hantsport in the future.
“It’s bigger and better than ever,” Zwicker said. “The crowds are lined up all the way down the No. 1 Highway, all the way to Hants Border, the place is hopping.”
The town was full of people throughout the day, with several business owners saying they were doing everything they could to keep up with demand.
“West Hants has said they’ll keep things the same or improve them,” Zwicker said. “Canada Day has been a tradition here for 68 years. It’s something people are used to and I certainly hope that can continue.”
The day started with a pancake breakfast at the historic Churchill House, which organizers said was their most successful on record. Funds raised at the breakfast go to maintaining the facility.
Nick Zamora, president of the Hantsport Memorial Community Centre, welcomed visitors to the opening ceremonies outside the Hantsport School.
“I’d like us also to celebrate today as rebirth of Hantsport, no longer a town, but still a vibrant community,” Zamora said.
Town crier Lloyd Smith said that although Hantsport is no longer a town, he would still be the town crier.
Faye Hill, a former town councillor, runs the show 'n' shine during Canada Day.
“This is the 26th year that I have co-ordinated and committed myself to this,” Hill said, adding that vehicles come from across the province.
“It’s not put on by a car show club, which is how this is done traditionally,” she said. “A lot of people get an opportunity to check out a wide variety up close. We’ll be here next year.”
There were at least 115 vehicles on display.
The grand finale was the fireworks display, behind Churchill House.
To view a slideshow featuring highlights from the day, visit: http://www.hantsjournal.ca/Slideshow/12447/Canada-Day-in-Hantsport-2015/1