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Plans underway for Marystown’s Shining Seas Festival

Shining Seas Festival
Shining Seas Festival

MARYSTOWN, NL - Marystown Deputy Mayor Gary Myles says it’s a sentiment he heard at many doors when he campaigned for election last year.

“Residents were disheartened that there wasn’t much going on in the way of community spirit here in Marystown,” Myles, chair of the town's tourism and special events commitee, said. “The festival wasn’t put on the previous year and people really missed it.”

Myles requested help to revive the Shining Seas Festival as his first order of business upon joining the council. He stresses that although plans are still fluid, the committee has a full schedule roughed in for the week-long event, which kicks off on Marystown Day, August 6, and runs until the 12th.

This year’s highlights include a daily breakfast; a parade; family fun day with Sky High Amusements; fireworks; a selfie scavenger hunt; block parties; magic and hypnosis show; darts, crib and card games; a community walk; a flea market; 50/50 draw; kid’s movie night; and a party for special needs people.

The 17-person committee has been planning the festival since December. Myles said that kind of initiative was necessary to book the calibre of entertainment they were seeking for the final concert, which now includes John Boy and Racquel, The Coastals and The Fables.

Myles noted the festival is an economic driver, attracting residents and tourists to partake in all the fun activities. He said it’s ultimately about ensuring Marystown is a place to be proud of, a place that celebrates its history and community, a place that gives back to its residents.

He said much credit is due to the 13 volunteers on his committee who are donating their time and hard work to ensure there is something for everyone at this year’s festival.

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