Supporting Avon River Days can help build Windsor back up

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I was lucky enough to have family visit from the west coast this year, which included two five-year-olds.

We found something to do every day, including: Family Day at the pool (there was a great crowd), public swimming (most often, there was hardly anybody there), the Avon River Days parade (it was very nice but once again, nobody was there), train rides at Tregothic Railway (these were super; it’s amazing that people don’t even know it is there), and the Avon Pony Club show at the arena.

OK folks, none of these were like the old days but support them, accept changes and help build them up again. What happens if they fail? Who are you going to blame? Can you say ‘I went to them, cheered,’ et cetera?

We all need changes to help build Windsor up again, to make the town what it used to be and yes, at 78, I have seen many changes and am still enjoying them.

One complaint for tourism is we should be able to buy t-shirts with the word Windsor on them, at least at the tourist bureau. If they don’t all sell one year, they would the next.


Barbara Fretwell,



Organizations: Tregothic Railway, Avon Pony Club, Avon River Days

Geographic location: Windsor, Nova Scotia, Hants County

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  • Sandy Hopkins
    August 27, 2014 - 20:17

    Unfortunately we had made plans for camping back in April, not feeling that we would be missing out by staying home as previous years have seen it go down hill. I was happy to hear so much positive feedback on the new, that perhaps we will attend next year!

  • Karen Rick
    August 27, 2014 - 09:24

    Avon River Days is a bit of a slap in the face to those of us who live ON the river. Windsor is on Pisiquid Lake, and the feeling down river is that our "part" of the river isn't important enough to open the fish gate during spawning season, the silt buid up isn't a problem for Windsor, and the fact that our banks are eroding plays no part in the well-being of Windsor. Get rid of the causeway and build a bridge across, then celebrate Avon River Days in style.

  • C Fretwell
    August 26, 2014 - 12:13

    We had a blast. Along with what we went to with mom (Barb) we watched the fireworks (late start but still fantastic) and went along the waterfront the one morning, and even took the horse wagon ride. We are big city people but we very much loved Avon River Days. At 5, both my boys were entertained and amused. I had no idea this was a first year event, it was (to me) well organized.