Seafest president Don Smith with the WestJet award Seafest received.
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By Eric Bourque
As they get ready for this year’s Seafest activities, organizers of Yarmouth’s annual summertime festival can take pride in knowing their event has made a positive impression on a lot of people.
Indeed, Seafest organizers recently learned Seafest had been voted top festival in Nova Scotia last year in WestJet’s Fun ‘n Festival Series.
Don Smith, the Seafest president, says the award is a reflection of all the time and effort put into Seafest by the many people who are involved and who contribute in one way or another.
“This award goes to all the volunteers,” he said, adding that sponsors too deserve credit for their part in making Seafest a success.
Last summer WestJet asked festival-goers across the country to vote for their favourite Canadian festivals through its Fun ‘n Festival Series.
Said a spokesperson for WestJet, “Every vote was an entry into a WestJet draw to win one of five amazing festival experiences and even a chance to win a free flight – all to help us award the best festival in Canada for 2013.”
Nationally, the Calgary Stampede was voted the best festival in Canada for the third straight year.
Seafest topped the list in Nova Scotia, finishing ahead of the Halifax Pop Explosion and the Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival (Truro), respectively.
This year Seafest will be held July 16-26 and the theme for 2014 is Seashells and Sandcastles.
Organizers have been meeting regularly to plan the festival and preparations are coming along nicely, Smith says.
This will be the 36th year for Seafest and, as before, there will be plenty to see and do.
“Lots of fun stuff again,” Smith said.
Seafest can always use more volunteers, he said. He invites people to contact him (at 742-7321) if they’re interested or they can go to the Seafest website at www.seafest.ca and get contact information there.