Every summer, the town of Pictou organizes a three day long festival to celebrate the end of the fishing season, local music, and Nova Scotian heritage. The carnival weekend is jam-packed with activities for all ages, such as boat races, an antique car show, a mid-way fair, musical performances, a Run for the Lobster event, a parade, and more! It was even voted as one of the top 100 festivals in Canada!! The Pictou Lobster Carnival attracts thousands of festival goers from all regions of the province, and I loved having the opportunity to take part in the celebrations on Saturday.
The fishing industry is a very important part of Nova Scotian culture, and lobster remains a popular food choice for many people in our province. With the Atlantic Ocean right next to us, it is no wonder that we love everything that has to do with the sea! The Pictou Lobster Carnival celebrates the end of the busy fishing season in the maritime provinces. The first event that I helped out with was the Children’s parade awards! This is also where I met Lindsey, Miss Teenage Northern Nova Scotia, and Makenna, the queen of the lobster carnival who was just crowned the day before! Both girls are such lovely people, and it was really a pleasure getting to know them. About an hour later, I hopped up on the main stage to crown the boys and girls taking part in the Little Mermaid and Prince Neptune Pageant! OMG… Are they ever adorable! They even gave me a beautiful bouquet of flowers to thank me for helping with their pageant. 🙂
The next place I headed off to was Sobeys along with Miss Teenage Northern Nova Scotia and the Pictou Lobster Carnival Queen! We spent a couple hours greeting shoppers while helping with for Curl for Cancer fundraiser. You could pull a sucker for only $2.00, and the best part? You got a prize every time! (The prizes included frisbees, candy, and even some sidewalk paint!). Plus, free ice cream bars and ice water were being handed out! What a great time spent for a great cause!
And last of all, after a couple hours exploring the village of Pictou, I started to get ready for the evening parade! There was such an array of floats, they were all so beautiful! The car I was going in was stationed right behind the train of princesses from the Pictou Lobster Carnival Pageant the night before. I got to wave and blow kisses to parade viewers from a jeep, it was so nice to see the wide-eyed excited faces of all the little girls! I’m glad I got to brighten up their days a bit 🙂
This was the first time I went out of town for an event, but it certainly won’t be the last! Although Nova Scotia is a relatively small province, it sure does pack a punch, and there always seems to be new excitement and adventures at every corner of the peninsula. This weekend, I will be attending the Heart of the Valley annual Festival in Middleton, where I will walk in the parade and help with some of the children’s events. I also plan to get some fundraising done, which I will accomplish with a youth musical talent concert I’m in the process of organizing. I hope to raise as much money possible for this important cause, so children all over the world can feel inspired, valued, and empowered. Their voices DO matter, they deserve to be heard and listened to just as much as anyone else!! Free the Children is already doing so much to help families thrive, and it really feels great to help them out!
Zoe, Miss Teenage Nova Scotia 2017