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Park opening to highlight Homecoming in Stellarton

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Kids, teens, adults, seniors - there's something for everyone at the 20th Stellarton Homecoming, organizers say.
Running from July 22-26, one of the big focuses of this year's event is the official opening of the James Peter Robertson Memorial Park. A red rally will be held as part of the opening at 1 p.m. and town residents are being asked to wear red as part of the event.
"We're expecting a military participation in the ceremony as well," said Coun. George Megeney, who is chairing this year's Homecoming committee. "The Nova Scotia Highlanders have said they'll send an honour guard as well as their band."
From the park opening, town residents can head over to Allan Park for the mayor's garden party, always a favourite in the town.
The annual concert in the park is scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. and will feature Ron Hynes.
"He's probably going to be very popular with the older crowd," said Megeney, adding that the concert is completely free.
On Thursday, the Homecoming golf tournament will be held again this year at Glen Lovat, while the RCAF Senior's Lunch always draws a good crowd.
Foord Street will be closed from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday for the Antique Car Display.
"People love seeing the old cars, we should have 40 cars or so," he said. "We'll have music from the 50s and 60s as well."
A Trivia Night is planned at the RCAF on Thursday night as well. Teams of six can test their knowledge in a 50/50 mix of Stellarton-based and general trivia.
On Friday, the children's parade is always a popular activity for kids - they can line up behind Scotia Bank prior to the 6:30 p.m. start - while a pre-teen outdoor dance will be held in the town parking lot from 7:30-10 p.m.
The popular pancake breakfast will be back at the Stellarton Fire Hall Saturday morning, where people can fill up on yummy food before heading out to the giant Main Street Yard Sale on Foord Street.
Saturday night, the Fuzz Petals will hit the stage for the Homecoming Dance and Beer Garden at the Stellarton Memorial Rink.
The best part of Homecoming is that the majority of the five-day event is free.
"With the exception of the dance, you don't pay for most things," he said.
The festival will wrap up Sunday night with a free movie under the stars at Allan Park at dusk.
"We're showing Ghostbusters, so we're hoping it will be popular with everyone," Megeney said.

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