Residents of Masset are preparing for the annual Harbour Days Celebration, held every Victoria Day long weekend, and this year’s festivities include a full schedule of events designed to help mark Masset’s 50th anniversary.
The activities kick off at 11 a.m. on May 20 with an indoor family picnic at the community hall, with the roller hockey tournament getting underway at six p.m. at the John Lalonde Roller Rink and the Teen Peddle Buggy Races will wrap up the evening’s activities from seven to nine p.m. at the firehall.
Harbour Days start early on Saturday morning with the Masset – Haida Lions pancake breakfast beginning at eight a.m. at the community hall, the bird and muffin walk leaving from Stewart Tower on Tow Hill Road at 8:30 a.m., the roller hockey tournament resuming at nine a.m. and a bullhead fishing derby will take place at the Main Street Dock from 10 a.m. to five p.m. Beginning at 11 a.m. Delma’s Co-op hosts the ice cream parlour, the soccer tournament starts on the sports field, the volunteer fire department begins their hamburger café and the Fish Sticks kid’s art project will be on display at the community hall. At 11:30 there are produce availability initiative event booths at the Village office, with Pie and Tea hosted by the girl’s soccer team at the offices from 12:30 to three p.m. The community hall will transform into a flea market for the rest of the day, Northern Savings Credit Union will host face painting from one p.m. to three p.m., there will be a rugby exhibition beginning at four p.m. and the Gale York Pool Tournament will take place from seven p.m. to nine p.m. at the Legion. The night will wrap up with a dance for adults at the legion and a dance for teens at Omega.
On Sunday the pancake breakfast will take place again, as will the ice cream parolour, soccer tournament and hamburger café. At 11 a.m. there will be a dog show at the village office, as well as an obstacle course. On the sports field, there will be a story tent, petting zoo and sumo suits available for the entertainment of local youngsters. At one p.m. the parade will make its way up Main Street on the usual route and face painting resumes. From two to four p.m. Fishermen’s Dock will host Crazy Row Boat Races and RCMP boat tours and rides. Back in town, from two to four p.m., there will be kid’s peddle buggy races at the roller rink, the dunk tank by the arena and the ball toss at George M. Dawson high school.
Throughout the weekend there will also be the Cash Cab at various locations in town, an airline ticket raffle, the North Coast Supply Scavenger Hunt and a baby contest.
Harbour Days 2011 will wrap up with a community 50th anniversary picnic from four p.m. to six p.m. at George M. Dawson high school.