Thank you Mount Uniacke for making our 49th Annual Firefighter Fair a huge success! Before providing any fair details for this year, the fire department would like to apologize for any delays experienced throughout the weekend. During fair activities Friday evening, firefighters responded to a medical assistance as well as a mutual aid call for a fire in Upper Sackville. On Saturday morning around parade time, we had a call for fire alarms activated which needed several trucks and firefighters to respond. As a result there were a lack of firefighters to work rides and booths, causing delays and longer wait times, especially during Saturday morning. We realize everyone comes out for a good time and apologize for any longer waits or rides that weren’t up and running for about 30-60 minutes after the parade.

Although Friday evening saw reduced crowds due to the early drizzle and fog, we still had a good crowd turn out for rides, canteen and of course our fireworks display. The skies actually briefly cleared right at dusk allowing most of the fireworks to be seen clearly. The final dozen or so shots were obscured by a bit of fog, but judging by the crowd’s reaction, they didn’t mind at all. Saturday morning kicked off with our 2nd annual fun run and a breakfast canteen. Here are some words from the fun run organizers:

A huge thank you to all the participants of the 2nd Annual Firefighter’s Fun Run and the 1st annual Firefighter’s Youth Run. Both were a tremendous success. Special thanks to Uniacke Estate Museum, Lisa Loomer & Mt Uniacke Esso/Robins, Farmers Dairy, Oasis, Mt Uniacke Library, Melissa Glazier, and UDS Running Club for all your generosity and hard work. And to all those who volunteered with this event, we appreciate your support. We look forward to our 3rd annual next year.

During and after the fun run, our parade organizers were already lining up floats and participants for judging, please see below for all parade winners I had recorded at the time of the article submission. My apologies in advance for any mis-spellings or incorrect names. Please email sdarby@uniackefire.ca with any corrections and I will ensure they are posted in the fall newsletter.

Parade Winners

Best Theme
1st: The Lynch’s
2nd: 1st Uniacke Scouting
3rd: Girl Guides Canada

Best Adult
1st: Uniacke Pharmacy
2nd: Uniacke House
3rd: Giffin’s Esso

Children’s Group
1st: 1st Uniacke Scouting
2nd: Girl Guides Canada
3rd: Giffin’s Esso

Best Float
1st: 1st Uniacke Scouting
2nd: The Lynch’s
3rd: Uniacke Pharmacy

Best Car
1st: Uniacke House
2nd: Kris Levy
3rd: Rankin Racing

Best Truck
1st: Uniacke Library
2nd: Uniacke Baptist Church
3rd: Uniacke Pharmacy

Best Fire Truck
1st: Lower Sackville (HRM Fire)
2nd: Brooklyn Fire Department
3rd: Lower Sackville (HRM Fire)

Best Bicycle
No entrants for 2015…

Best Animal
1st: Sandra Aucoin & John Brooks
2nd: Calvin the Goat
3rd: Mackenzie Hughes’ Horse

Best Under the Sea Costume
1st: Jessica Lynch
2nd: Sandra Aucoin & John Brooks
3rd: Katelyn & Carla

We would also like to recognize the UNDER THE SEA coloring contest winners from grade primary to grade two.

Coloring Contest Winners
Grade primary: Owen from Ms Williams Class (only the fist name was provided)
Grade one: Harmony Lafford
Grade two: Cameron Walth

Great Job to all who participated, the judges really had a hard time choosing the winners.

After the parade, the fair grounds opened and we were steadily busy all afternoon until the grounds closed at 5:00pm. Our new fire truck slide had to shut down after 2:00pm due to it getting too hot in the sun. We had a successful bingo and evening dinner. Thank-you to Marilyn and Don Hartlen for your continued support and donation and preparation of the dinner. A special thank-you to the three Sea Cadets who worked tirelessly all evening serving and cleaning up. As always, Saturday evening was topped off with our fair dance with live music and night canteen.

Our draw winners for the weekend are:

BBQ Draw Winner: Barry Pountney
TV Winner: Nancy Hayden
Bread Maker: Tanya Sparks
Magic Mountain Passes: Bernie Isles
Dunk Tank: Justin Crossley

One huge thank-you to the dozens of community members who volunteered tirelessly alongside our firefighters in the months leading up to and during the fair itself. The fair takes well over 100 people to run each year and if it weren’t for the hearts and souls of our community volunteers, the fair would not exist.

And finally, the largest thank-you to you, the community members of Mount Uniacke and surrounding areas. If it weren’t for your support and patronage, the fairs would not be a success. From firefighters past and present, THANK-YOU!!

On a final note, next year’s 50th Firefighter Fair also coincides with the 200th Anniversary of Uniacke House so I am sure as a community we will have lots to celebrate next year.

Respectfully yours,
Shawn Darby | Captain
Uniacke & District Volunteer Fire Department



parade information

Thank-you to all who participated in this year’s parade theme contest.  Theme contest winners from Uniacke District School are from 3W: Lillian Lidberg and Madeline Neary and from 6 Hay: Will Read.  The theme of this year’s parade is “Under the Sea”.