Privateer Days returns this weekend

Nick Moase
Published on June 16, 2014
Privateer Days returns this weekend, with plenty of activities, entertainment and food. 
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Get ready for a weekend of fun. Privateer Days returns from Jun 20-22, with a full roster of music, food and activities. 

"Every year we strive to do whatever can to replicate and replace the loss of the carnival rides," says Heather Kelly, one of the organizers of Privateer Days.

Privateer Days lost the carnival rides due to a large increase in cost and companies unwilling to do smaller events.

She says the focus is to try and use the park to its full extent over the three days.

Party in the Park covers all three days, Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.

There will be plenty of fun for the whole family, with an inflatable wrecking ball, little bouncy castles, surfing machine, and a giant hamster ball people can get into and run around the park.

"We think this is going to give a real carnival feel to the park," says Kelly.

There are favourites returning as well, such as the Lions Train and Lumberjack demonstrations by Darren Hudson.

Hudson is giving two shows, Saturday and Sunday night at 7 p.m. He is also doing demonstrations during the day Saturday, and setting up a mini lumberjack boot camp on Sunday.

Kelly says all the vendors from last year are also returning, along with a few new ones. The farmers market will also be holding its regular time on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.


Duck Race returns

The annual Duck Race returns on Sunday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. at Mill Brook, with prizes of $300, $200 and $100.

A new but good challenge this year is the ducks are selling much better than previous years. This is in part because the ducks are being sold by the three bank branches in Liverpool. They will also be available during Privateer Days at the Information Booth.

Kelly says they've had to order more souvenir ducks, as well as borrow some from the Apple Blossom Festival to float down the stream.

But don't worry, the ducks won't be escaping into the harbour. The South Queens Ground Search and Rescue will be on had to help collect the ducks after they cross the finish line.