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Heatherton Fun Days ready to roll

Posted on August 9, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Ed MacDonald (left), Mary Ellen MacDonald and Joan Bowie discuss preparations for the 150th anniversary celebration of Immaculate Conception Church in Heatherton, which will take place Aug. 11 to 13, as part of the 14th Annual Heatherton Fun Days Weekend. The volunteers are also admiring a newly-installed floor in the church, which will serve as one of the legacies of the historic celebration. Corey LeBlanc

Heatherton is the place to be this weekend.

    As part of the 14th Annual Heatherton Fun Days Weekend, the tight-knit Antigonish County community will also celebrate one of its pillars – the 150th anniversary of Immaculate Conception Church.

    “It seemed like the natural time to celebrate the anniversary,” Joan Bowie, one of the volunteer organizers, said in a previous interview with the Casket.

    The fun-filled family weekend kicks-off Friday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m., with a cribbage game in the Heatherton Community Centre gymnasium.           

    Saturday (Aug. 12) activities start with the popular children’s parade, at 10:30, with registration set for 10:15 a.m.

    Prizes will be awarded in the most original, best dressed and Heatherton 150th categories.

    From 11 to 3 p.m., there will be children’s games, with prizes, and a bouncy tent. Tickets for the games can be purchased from 11:30 to 1 p.m.

    There will also be free face painting.

    Don’t forget to bring a towel, or change of clothes, for the dunk tank, which will make a splash from noon to 3 p.m.

    During that same time, there will be a cotton candy and snow-cone demonstration and sale ($2 each).

    There will be a barbecue, from noon to 4 p.m., featuring hotdogs, hamburgers, pop and water for sale.

    There will also be an afternoon beer garden for those 19 and older, and IDs will be requested.

    Also, from noon to 4 p.m., people will have an opportunity to ‘step back in time’ and view some memories of the senior concerts from over the years, which will take place in the community centre multi-purpose room.

    At noon, the bocce ball tournament will take centre stage in the soccer field. Teams of two can register, starting at 11:30 a.m., or they can call Margie (Claude) Glenn at 902-386-2879.

    At the same time, there will be a washer toss tournament. Teams of two can register, starting at 11:30 a.m., or they can call Joan Bowie at 902-386-2478.

    There will be cash prizes for both tournaments.

    The action-packed day will also feature a fire truck and equipment display (1 p.m.) and an archery demonstration (2 p.m.) by Leaves and Limbs.

    At 6 p.m., Bishop Brian Dunn of the Diocese of Antigonish will preside over the anniversary Mass at Immaculate Conception Church.

    The anniversary meal following Mass is sold out.

    The Big Top Dance in the ball field, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., will feature music by Phil Marchand Entertainment. The $10 event is for those 19 and over.

    Sunday (Aug. 13) will start to sizzle, from 9 to 11 a.m., with a pancake breakfast, featuring pancakes, including gluten free, sausages and fruit cup. The cost is $10 (adults) and $6 (children).

    At 1 p.m., the scavenger hunt meet will get underway, for teams of two, in the church parking lot. Participants will need to have a device that can take pictures. The event will involve walking around the Heatherton village.

    At 2:30 p.m., the parish bingo will take centre stage. In honour of the 150th anniversary of Immaculate Conception Church, each regular $100 game will be $150.

    At 6 p.m., drummers from Paqtnkek First Nation will play as a lead-up to the variety concert (7 p.m.) in the community centre.

    Concert admission is $5.

    During that event, the 50-50 draw – tickets will be on sale all weekend – will be made.

    Throughout the weekend, there will be a historical display celebrating the 150th anniversary; Friday, 5 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 to 11 a.m.

    There will also be cemetery tours.

    For more information about the celebration, including a full schedule, visit


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