TRURO – A special gathering in Truro this week will delve into Canadian history through the eyes of children.
The annual Chignecto-Central Regional Heritage Fair will take place at the Nova Scotia Community College, Truro campus, this Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. About 200 projects from Colchester, Cumberland, East Hants and Pictou County students in Grades 4 to 9 will be presented, judged and will be available for public viewing in the afternoon. A few local heritage groups will also be in attendance, offering their own unique presentations.
Co-ordinator Ken Henderson said the event is relevant, especially for area youth.
“It has a lot of relevance because it helps kids understand their Canadian heritage and it encourages kids to enjoy heritage at a young age. It’s a gateway into a look at their community,” said Henderson. “It also (encourages) research, reading, writing and it broadens their language development and ability to present projects.”
The morning of the heritage fair will include a brief opening ceremony, workshops for the children and judging of their presentations. A costume parade will take place at 12:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to check out the exhibits between 1 and 2 p.m., during which time Acadian and Celtic performers will be on stage. The day will wrap up with an awards ceremony at 2 p.m.
Debbie Buott-Matheson, communications manager with Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, said the heritage fair in Truro is the “longest running fair in Nova Scotia and has been taking place for at least 30 years.”