Masset is welcoming everyone to the grand opening of summer this weekend.
“We’re gathering everyone for community spirit,” said this year’s Harbour Days chair Mary Frick.
“Usually we have great weather,” she added, and this year should be no different.
All the Harbour Days events islanders know and love will take place from May 18 to 21 said Ms Frick, with only one disappointment.
The chain saw competition will not be happening. “It’s very sad, but no interest was shown. We hope to have it next year,” she said.
As parade master, Ms Frick is especially keen to see all manner of floats out for the Sunday parade at 1 pm. “It doesn’t matter what kind,” she said.
The Seafood Chowder Cook-off is an exciting new Harbour Days offering thought up and being put on by the Island Sunrise Cafe. Judging takes place on Saturday from 3:30 to 5 pm.
Another new event is the “All about Birds” photo exhibition at the Delkatla Nature Centre on Friday at 7 pm.
A big presentation will be taking place at the Maritime Museum on Sunday from 2-4 pm and it’s a must-see, said Ms Frick. She couldn’t say anything more about it, because she didn’t want to give away the surprise.
Also on Sunday, at 2 pm, is a Haida Fisheries vessel blessing and launch, with boat rides to follow.
The darts tournament on Sunday at 6 pm has a special purpose this year. The event is a fundraiser for Councillor Janet Brown, a Harbour Days enthusiast, who is off-island and has been very ill of late.
Ms Frick is excited about the triathlon too. She says the event has been getting more and more popular over the years, with entrants from all over the islands, including Sandspit and Queen Charlotte.
Of course, the pancake breakfast, the golf and baseball tournaments, the dog show, the dunk tank, the sumo suits and more will also be in full swing.
Harbour Days planners have been in action since January and hope to see everyone in Masset on the weekend.
For the full schedule of events, see pages 16 and 17.
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