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Fireworks, Minglewood celebration planned for Friday kickoff

Donovan Perro, foreground, and Gerry Kerr are busy helping with the set up of the ninth annual Dutch Mason Blues Festival, which gets underway at the Truro Raceway tomorrow. The three-day festival will feature a number of musicians, including James Cotton and the Blues Brothers.

BIBLE HILL - It's business as usual as the set up for the Dutch Mason Blues Festival is underway.

David DeWolfe, the festival's producer, said things are going well with preparations for the three-day event.

"The 2,000 piece jigsaw puzzle is now changing to 3,000 pieces, as it always does just days before the festival," he said as a crew of about six men worked on installing the stage at the Truro Raceway. "But I'm lucky. For the past seven years that we've been here, it has been most of the same crew since then so, they're old hat at it. They can handle the pressure every year and I don't have to micromanage, so that's good for me."

This year's festival runs Friday to Sunday and will feature numerous names in the blues industry. The highlight this year will be the Blues Brothers - Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi.

"Tickets have been going well. We expect we will see bigger crowds than last year. I haven't seen the numbers lately though, so I don't know what the final tallies are yet."

Last year, the festival lost about a day-and-a-half because of rain. DeWolfe said he has checked this weekend's forecast, but isn't too worried.

"Every year, except for last year, it seems like it rains all the week before, up until Friday and then picks back up on Monday. We're lucky - it's almost as if there is a ring around Truro.

"It can be raining in Halifax and everywhere else, but there's like a halo around us here," he said.

With the kickoff to the festival at noon on Friday, the set up needs to be completed by the end of today so inspections can be done.

For the kickoff, DeWolfe is excited to host fireworks this year and a celebration for Matt Minglewood, who was given the lifetime achievement award at the 2013 Canadian Maple Blues Awards.

"We're really excited about everything," said DeWolfe. "We'll also have some cannoneers to help kick it all off. We are trying to make it as fun as possible, because the Blues Brothers are all about fun and entertainment."

This year, the festival will also be giving away prizes throughout the three days, including six electric guitars from Budweiser. There will also be bleacher seating.

For more information or tickets, visit www.dutchmason.com/festival/sandbox/.

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

 

Organizations: Blues Brothers, Budweiser

Geographic location: Truro, Halifax

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