TRURO – Dakota Dalrymple and her older brother Braxton were bursting with excitement when their mother told them Sunday they would be attending the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Parade.
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Members of Colchester County 4-H lead their mini horses along the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Parade route Sunday on Lorne Street in Truro. The parade, which serves as the kickoff to the 67th annual exhibition this week, featured 70 entrants and more than 2,000 spectators.
And there wasn’t much the North River youngsters didn’t like about the show, which served as a kick off to the 67th annual exhibition this week at the Exhibition Grounds in Bible Hill. That event starts Tuesday.
“The horsies and the doggies and the ballerinas and the Smokey (The Bear) and the (Scotsburn) cowie,” six-year-old Dakota said, grinning from ear to ear, about her favourite parts. “And the cowie blew kisses.”
“I liked the tractors and the fire trucks,” eight-year-old Braxton chimed in.
The parade, which ran under the ‘Down on the Farm’ theme featured 70 entries, which toured through town and finished at Truro Raceway. After starting from Colchester Legion Stadium, the parade made its way down Prince Street, onto Walker and Main Streets in Bible Hill and up Ryland Avenue before turning into the grounds. After wrapping up at the raceway awards were handed out.
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The near perfect weather conditions helped attract about 2,000 spectators, which had organizer Gary Burley just as happy as the Dalrymples.
“That’s what its for; to bring people together,” Burley said. “It’s a great way to start the week and hopefully it’ll carry on for the rest of the week.”
The parade returned to its role of starting off the week’s activities after getting shelved last year due to a lack of entries. The crowd seemed to be happy it was back this time around, clapping for the bands and the military veterans, and waving to and laughing at those on the floats. The children in attendance loved the sirens on the fire trucks, the myriad of animals and of course, getting some candy.
“It’s for the betterment of Colchester County,” Burley said. “It’s nice to see people come out and enjoy themselves because that’s hard to come by these days. I just want to let everyone know I’m so appreciative.”
The enjoyment factor is why Tonya Hupalo brought her kids out to see the parade.
“Just so they can have a good time and see all the different floats,” she said. “(Braxton) really likes tractors and (Dakota) likes animals so you can see that at a parade and they enjoy it. It’s a good ay to get everyone excited and into the exhibition.”
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Following are award winners from Sunday’s Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Parade, which kicked off the 67th edition of the exhibition:
Most original - Winner: Brunswick Street United Church
Best Commercial Float – Winner: Sobeys; Runner-up: Community Metal
Best Non-Commercial Float – Winner: Colchester County 4-H; Runner-up: NSPE Farm Equipment Museum
Most Humorous – Winner: Bible Hill Unicycle Club; Runner-up: George MacDonald’s sidecar
Best Equine entry – Winner: Colchester County 4-H; Runner-up: Densmore Miniatures
Best Marching Band – Winner: 36th Highland Pipes and Drums; Runner-up: Pictou County Pipes and Drums
Best Majorettes – Winner: Halifax Sparkletts
Best Walker/Clowns – Winner: Colchester County 4-H; Runner-up: Shriners