Loaded up and trucking: Digby to host big rig drags downtown

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier jriley@digbycourier.ca
Published on June 19, 2014

Richard Robertson, president of the Lobster Bash, says everything is ready to go for the truck drags in downtown Digby on Sunday, June 29.

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The big rigs are coming to Digby.

The Lobster Bash association is hosting a truck drag competition on Digby’s front street on Sunday, June 29.

Phil Robertson, Lobster Bash president, says two trucks will line up, one on either side of the median running from the VIC to the ReMax building and will pull heavily loaded trailers.

“I really think this is going to draw a lot of people from the South Shore and through the woods,” he said.

South Shore in Motion (SSiM), the festival society organizing the event, has put on a festival in Bridgewater for the last 10 years, featuring truck pulls, show and shines, lawn tractor racing and off-highway vehicle competitions.

This year they wanted to add the truck drags and needed town council approval to close a street in town for the competition.

Bridgewater town council voted 4-3 against allowing the street closures in May and SSiM approached Lobster Bash about hosting it.

“They approached us because they had seen so many successful events happening in Digby and they felt the council here was open to new ideas like this,” said Robertson.

Robertson says the members of the Lobster Bash board are also open to challenges.

“This group was so passionate about their event, we just had to help them make it go,” said Robertson.

Digby town council had tentatively approved the project with the condition that the Lobster Bash acquire insurance for the event –Robertson says now that they have the insurance, everything is good to go,

“We’re loaded up and trucking,” he said quoting the country song Eastbound and Down. “We’re going to do, in Digby, what they say can’t be done.”

Originally Robertson says they had thought of incorporating the truck drags into Lobster Bash but he isn’t so sure anymore that will be possible.

“We need to see how the first one runs and then make a decision how it goes from there,” he said.

The event is free to watch and enter and people can watch from the Admiral’s Walk on the Digby waterfront.

The drags start at 12:30 p.m. – Water Street will be closed from the Baptist Church to the cenotaph at Sydney Street from 7 a.m. until about 5 or 6 p.m.