With only a week to go before the Pictou Lobster Carnival, organizers are putting the finishing touches on this 80th anniversary event.
Entertainment Chair Rebecca Pitts and Summer Intern Bailey McIntyre joined reporter John Brannen for First Cup yesterday morning to chat about what’s in store for this year’s Lobster Carny. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation:
Bailey McIntyre: Hey John, I'm Bailey and I'm with the Pictou Lobster Carnival Committee. How's it going?
Rebecca Pitts: Hi John Rebecca here from Lobster Carnival
John Brannen: Good Morning! Welcome to First Cup this overcast morning. I'm doing quite well! So why don't you tell us a little about yourselves and your role with the Lobster Carnival. Let's start with you Rebecca and then Bailey.
RP: I organize the entertainment.
BM: Well, I am the summer student for the Carnival stationed in the office.
JB: Ok, now that we know who you are, can you tell me your previous experience with the Lobster Carnival? Have you been involved before?
RP: This is my first year organizing the carnival entertainment and we are very excited about the line-up. I hope to see everyone enjoying this anniversary celebration
BM: I'm actually from Ontario, and have only been down here since May. Last year, I did come for the Carnival, and had a great time. I saw the boat races and went on the Hinchey rides. Over all it was a good time last year. It's kind of cool seeing how the Carnival works from the inside, and I'm excited to do even more than last year.
JB: Great stuff. Now Rebecca, what was it like this year putting together this lineup of fantastic musicians? Can you walk me through that process?
RP: Well I'm not going to lie it was a lot of work. I had some help from Troy Greencorn who has an extensive background with East Coast Acts. This and many others really helped this line up come together.
JB: Without a doubt. And Bailey, having been to the carnival last year, how would you compare the two, this year's to last years? What do you think people are going to notice as the most different?
BM: I think people are going to see a huge difference. We have The Stanfields as one of our entertainers, and as well JP Cormier, Dave Gunning, some really amazing artists. There's so many people coming together to make this carnival just like old times, definitely one not to be missed. With it being the 80th Anniversary we've put a lot of extra work into this to make it special.
JB: That's a good point, Bailey. With the 80th anniversary in mind, did you know from the start, Rebecca, that you'd be this busy putting together one of the most impressive lineups in recent Lobster Carny history?
RP: Well thank you, John. I really wanted to make this one of the most memorable years. The Carnival means so much to so many people and with it being the 80th I new we had to pull out all the stops.
JB: Good to hear. So for both of you, what are you working on currently for the carny, or is everything just about done? Do you have some last minute things on the do to list as the big weekend approaches?
BM: Right now, everything is just falling right into place. It's pretty great. We're still looking for people to participate in the Bed Races since that event is back this year, and also the Derby Races. Other than those two things, I'm just at the office answering phone calls of people who have any inquires about the Carnival.
RP: Well there are always finishing touches and for me the hospitality lounge and the event weekend will keep me very busy. I hope everyone has a great time. Thank you, John and I look forward to speaking with you again. Hope to see you there!
JB: That's great to hear. Do you need any volunteers on the entertainment side of things? Or do you already have a full slate of staff, Rebecca?
RP: We are always looking for volunteers and anyone interested should contact Margo at 485-6025.
JB: It sounds like it's going to be a rockin' good time. Thank you, Rebecca and Bailey for joining me for First Cup and have a great day.