Digby Scallop Days 2014 a happy and successful event

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier jriley@digbycourier.ca
Published on August 13, 2014

Callista Weir carefully removes a scallop from its shell.

Karla Kelly photo

Scallop Days 2014 was the fun happy event everyone hoped it would be.

“It was a great weekend,” said Scallop Days chair Dale Kearney. “We had a big parade, the scallop shucking was packed, the fireworks were jammed and I think everyone was happy.

“I haven’t heard any complaints.”

Kearney says they will have to organize a few things differently. like the streetfest, but overall the events came off without a hitch.

They made an effort to keep prices affordable like a $5 scallop kebab and the $10 bracelet for the kids’ games.

“We had the 24-foot rock climbing wall and that was buzzing all the time,” he said. “People were having a good time all weekend.”

They also made an effort to thank everyone who participated or helped.

“We thanked all our volunteers with scallops and t-shirts,” said Kearney. “You have tot take care of your volunteers if this is going to work.”

They are also holding a volunteer thank you barbecue on Sunday, Aug. 17 at the Heritage Centre from 2 to 4 p.m.

The local scallop industry donated 350 pounds of scallop so organizers were able to hold a successful scallop shucking contest and demonstration.

And they were able to offer scallops for sale, as kebabs or uncooked by the pound, during Scallop Days, something people have been missing the last few years.

 “Next year we want to have a booth among the other vendors,” said Kearney. “And sell t-shirts and tickets and have our scallop BBQ right there.”

Kearney says the vendor spaces were full and he says they all made money.

And more importantly, Scallop Days made some money too.

“We broke even, well, we had a little profit which we used to pay some bills from last year,” he said. “So we’ll be starting next year with a clean slate.”

Kearney says they also bought some new equipment this year like tents, stopwatches and office supplies which will make next year easier again.

Kearney started planning for next year on the Tuesday after Scallop Days and the committee will start meeting in September.

“We’ve had a lot of people come forward to volunteer for next year,” he said. “ And we’ll be a lot better prepared with a year of planning than we were with just four months this time. We’re going to make it bigger and better again next year.”