Avon River Days kicks off long weekend of fun in Windsor

Ashley Thompson
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Avon River Days is off to a good start.

The sun is shining, and curious locals are making their way to Gerrish Street to watch as the busy downtown roadway is transformed into a concert venue for the evening street dance opening withBroken Circuit at 6 p.m.

A portion of Gerrish has been closed to motor vehicles to allow for temporary staging in the form of a tractor-trailer to be set up near Moe’s Place Music Sales.

Heather Donohue, a spokesperson for the Avon River Days organizing committee and a downtown merchant with Moe’s Place, says there is plenty of room for music fans of all ages to come out and enjoy the free show featuring headliner Josh Macumber at 8 p.m.

“Come pack the street,” she says.

Before the street dance, there will be a pool party at the Hants Aquatic Centre from 2-4 p.m., family fun activities in Elmcroft Park from 3-5 p.m. and the corn boil and barbecue at Fry Daddy’s starts at 5 p.m.

“They’re giving away cake at 5 p.m. to celebrate their first anniversary,” Donohue noted.

Avon River Days, a three-day festival, is the result of local citizens putting in countless hours of volunteer work to ensure their community had a summer festival this year.  It replaces the festivals formerly known as Sam Slick Days and Windsor West Hants Summer Fest.

Visit www.avonriverdays.com for a full schedule.

“Every day something new gets added,” said Donohue. “There’s over 45 events this weekend.”

 

Organizations: Hants Aquatic Centre

Geographic location: Gerrish Street, Elmcroft Park

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