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Cartwright Heritage Festival returns

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New September date and myriad events generating much community spirit

The Cartwright Heritage Festival is back.

This weekend, wall-to wall events are planned starting with a meet and greet Friday evening at the school gym. The meet and greet will feature a traditional baking competition, skits, singing, raffles and a heritage presentation by school children. Following that, North Side Pub is hosting a kitchen party.

On Saturday, the old United Church, which is being converted to a museum, will be open for a “Them Days” walk through. Throughout the day there will be games, competitions, raffles and concession stands culminating at 4 p.m. with a traditional Jigg’s Dinner at the Parish Hall.

The evening will be for dancing with a kid’s dance starting at 6 p.m., followed by an adult dance at 10 p.m.

The whole thing will wrap up Sunday with a community church service.

The festival, which celebrates the southern Labrador community’s fishing and fur-trading past, took a bit of a hiatus over the past couple of years, at least in part because the timing of previous events in July was not ideal.

Sharon Holwell, who headed up coordination of this year’s event explained that, in the summer, many people are just too busy, either working at the fish plant, or off at their cabins. And, of course, the flies in July and August can put a damper on just about anything.

“We decided to try it in September and see how it goes,” she said, adding so far the response has been wonderful.

“It’s generating a lot of community spirit and that’s what we need.”

In the lead up to the event, a fish net of remembrance has been very popular. The net, decorated with Christmas lights, is set up on the town council grounds and people have been buying laminated paper fish on which they write the name of a loved one who has passed on, thus including former community members in the festivities as well.

The money raised from the fish net and raffles will be used to enhance community facilities for future events and hopefully make future heritage festivals even bigger and better, Holwell said. One priority is a new sound system.

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