For those who missed it, Sunday afternoon’s Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition parade was vey good.
Nearly 70 entries took part, among them four marching bands (our favourite), a few floats (some with the ‘Down on the Farm’ parade theme), fire trucks, veterans in vintage jeeps, baton twirlers, cadets, horses (large and small), dogs, chickens, rabbits, clowns, a few politicians, hockey players, 4-H enthusiasts, classic vehicles, gymnasts, tractors and much, much more.
The weather was perfect and an estimated 2,000 people lined the streets of Truro and Bible Hill to watch the show, many of them smiling and waving at the participants who did likewise.
And, by the way, that attendance figure is 2,000 more than last year when, inexplicably, the parade was allowed to fall by the wayside.
That community embarrassment probably would have been repeated, too, except for the hard work of East Mountain resident Gary Burley (and his wife Barbara).
Burley pounded the pavement for months in an effort to resurrect the event and judging from his recent report to Colchester County council, he met with several rejections along the way when it came to generating a bit of sponsorship money.
Yes, times are tight but we’re surprised that businesses would be reluctant to support such a high-profile event, either through a few dollars or an official parade entry.
We’re also surprised the county, Town of Truro, Village of Bible Hill and, perhaps, Millbrook, don’t pool a few of their resources (financial and/or otherwise) to help ensure this event is a success.
We’re not talking scads of money here, either, as the official sponsorship fee was only $2,500.
Perhaps, if the municipalities covered the expense of conducting and promoting the parade, a volunteer chairman such as Burley could concentrate on attracting the entries required to entice lots of people to come out and watch.
That would be a win-win for everybody, including local businesses and, especially, the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition. The latter has been an institution hereabouts since 1946 and we’re sure most area residents want to see exhibition week continue to do well.
A great parade is one sure way to help make that happen.