Three big events in Coast of Bays in July

Clayton Hunt
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July is usually a busy time for activities and festivals in the Coast of Bays and this year is no exception.

Aboriginal dancers and drummers from all across Canada help make the annual Conne River Powwow an exciting event for folks in the Coast of Bays. This aboriginal dancer participated in a Conne River Powwow held several years ago.

Powwow

The first major activity is the annual Conne River Powwow, which will be held on July 4, 5 and 6.

Colleen Lambert, the Tourism, Culture and Recreation Manager at Conne River, said that the Powwow will begin with a ‘monster bingo’ on Thursday night, July 3 that will be followed by three days of drumming, dancing and other activities that many people look forward to each year.

While every Powwow at Conne River is special, the 2015 event will be extra special, as the community will be holding 10 days of celebration. Aboriginal groups from all over the island and Labrador will be invited to this activity, which will coincide with St. Anne’s Day, a very special day in Conne River.

Ironskull Festival

One of the most anticipated annual folk festivals in the province is the Belleoram Ironskull Festival, which will take place this year on July 18, 19 and 20.

Folks from all over take in this festival each year as its popularity has spread far and wide across the province.

This year’s festival will be preceded by a St. Lawrence School Reunion that will take place on July 17. This will be an exciting activity as former residents of Belleoram from all across the country will be home to reminisce with school friends once again.

Bay dEspoir Cancer Benefit

Folks in the Bay d’Espoir area have been busy over the past several months in preparing for the 15th annual Bay d’Espoir Cancer Benefit, which will be held on July 20.

This fun activity, which started in 2000, is held each year to raise funds to help cancer patients with travel and medications.

Residents of the area, and many outside, have raised over $1 million since the event started 15 years ago.

Organizations: Lawrence School Reunion

Geographic location: Conne River, Belleoram

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