This weekend was a very busy one in the Annapolis Valley. There were so many events going on all over that it made it difficult to choose which things to go to.
Saturday we took it pretty easy and went to help celebrate New Minas Days for a little while. The kids loved jumping around all the inflatable bouncers which were setup. There was also a huge soap/water slide setup down the side of a hill in Lockhart Ryan Park. People of all ages were trying to cool off a little by flying down the slippery black plastic slide. The whole time there was live musical entertainment being played.
Sunday we had a harder time deciding what to do so we did lots. We started the morning out at the Trecothic Creek & Windsor Railway. The members there are so great and work so hard to share their miniature locomotives. Everyone enjoyed riding around the grounds on these impressive machines.
After spending some time there we headed to the Grand-Pre National Historic Site where they were celebrating the Acadian National Holiday. Every time we visit the grounds I forget at how amazing they are. The gardens, the weeping willows, and the ponds make for wonderful scenery while visiting.
We caught the blacksmith shop open for the first time today as well. They were putting on a demonstration by making hooks. I think the kids were more amazed at the large bellows used to stoke the fire then they were with the glowing metal being shaped by hammering it on an anvil.
Our next stop was to Noggins Corner Farm where they were participating in Select Nova Scotia’s IncrEdible picnic. There were so many vendors setup with fresh food all from the local area.
Noggins has such a great setup that I think we could stay there all day and not be bored. The younger kids absolutely love using the manual hand pumps push ducks down a river of water, and I lost count at how many times they went down the big tube slides. We didn’t end up doing the corn maze, but the kids ran through a hay bale maze, and the rope maze.
While we were there I had an enjoyable conversation with a gentleman from Falmouth. We both agreed that we are lucky to live in the Annapolis Valley.