Wednesday, August 15, 2007

I LOVE the midway! - Old Home Week on PEI

It Old Home Week on PEI.

Tuesday I went to the midway.

I went ride on the Freak Out, Cliff Hangers,

Chaos, Zipper, Scrambler,

Ferris Wheel, Bumper Cars, Super Slide,

Mardi Gras and Tilt A Whirl.

Mom went on Freak Out twice and the ferris wheel. She wouldn't have a heart attack on her ride.

The best ride was Freak Out because swinging at 90 degrees angle and almost 180 degrees.

Inside we saw animals and ate pizza for supper.

We played bingo.

At 6:00 we went to Stonepark School to run intervals on the track with the Run UPEI class.

My next race is Friday before the Gold Cup Parade (then Sat. I run the 25K Kensington Harvest Fest run)

Friday, August 17, 2007
4th Annual Gold Cup Trot 5K
Distance: 5 K
Starting Time: 9:40 a.m. Sharp! Just prior to the parade
Registration: 8:00 a.m. Victoria Park by ball diamond, or pre-register at Proude's Shoes
Sponsor: Proude's Shoes and New Balance
Course Description: Flat and fast through downtown Charlottetown, portion of race on the Gold Cup Parade route

Gold Cup Parade on Friday
Thousands expected to line the route.

The Guardian

Thousands of people will pour into Charlottetown Friday morning to view more than 50 floats and 100 entries in the 46th annual Gold Cup Parade.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. from Queen Charlotte intermediate school and winds its way through the downtown core to Founders' Hall on Water Street.
In honour of their 75th anniversary of police service on P.E.I., the RCMP have been selected as this year's parade marshal.
The RCMP pipe band and Musical Ride will lead off the event, followed by the usual assortment of floats, antique cars, horses, clowns, giant inflatables and Gold Cup ambassadors.
Bill Chandler, chair of the parade committee, said Friday's parade will take about 90 minutes to view the parade from any one vantage point.
"It looks like it will be a great parade, if the weather co-operates, but we're a go showers or no showers,' Chandler said.
The theme is Games People Play.
"You'll see all sorts of games, from video games to board games, card games, game shows on TV, sports games . . . all represented in the parade on different floats.'
The parade committee is again organizing its annual coin collection so volunteers will be accepting donations at their usual spots around Charlottetown and along the parade route itself.
"Take a toonie to the Gold Cup Parade, we'll be taking donations big and small,' Chandler said.
The parade day collection accounts for 25 per cent of the cost of operating the event. Various government agencies make up another 25 per cent and corporate donations take care of the rest. It costs about $55,000 to run the parade.
"We try to keep traffic moving smoothly, so be prepared. Have your donation ready, it will speed things up. It's a major source of funding so we hope everybody will come out and take a donation with them so we can keep going with the parade.'
As for the parade itself, the Community Clash is back, bigger and more colourful than ever and three pipe bands - RCMP, Belfast Pipe Band and College of Piping (fresh off a fourth-place finish in the 2007 World Piping and Drumming Championships in Glasgow, Scotland).
The concert band from Truro is coming over again and Nova Scotia is also sending over three majorette groups.
For those unable to make it out, EastLink Television will broadcast the parade live from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. to viewers in P.E.I., Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Chandler said the best viewing areas are on University Avenue, Grafton Street and Queen Street, areas where those handling the giant inflatable balloons don't have as many power lines to worry about.
There are four inflatable balloons in Friday's parade. Each of them requires 15 tanks of helium to inflate and up to 20 people on each of them to control.
Motorists are being asked to avoid a portion of North River Road on Friday. The section of North River Road, between Belvedere Avenue and McGill Avenue will be closed to traffic as of 7 a.m. on Friday to make room for all of the parade entries.

Parade Facts
  • Begins at 10 a.m. from Queen Charlotte intermediate school on North River Road.
  • Takes about 90 minutes to view it from start to finish.
  • More than 50 floats and more than 100 entries will be featured.
  • This year's theme is Games People Play.
  • Parade marshal is the RCMP, celebrating 75 years of police service on P.E.I.
  • It takes about $55,000 to run the parade. Coin collectors will be out at entry points to the city and along the parade route to accept donations. Donations account for 25 per cent of the overall cost.
  • The parade route takes entries along North River Road (from the school), Brighton Road, Euston Street, University Avenue, Grafton Street, Queen Street and Water Street (ending at Founders' Hall).
  • EastLink Television will broadcast the parade live from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. to viewers in the Maritimes who get EastLink.

Each August the Charlottetown Driving Park Entertainment Centre is the home of one of the major entertainment attractions in Canada - Old Home Week and the Gold Cup & Saucer.
The fastest horses and the best drivers in all of Eastern Canada converge at the CDPEC
for 15 racing programs in 9 days.
The Gold Cup & Saucer dates back to the early 1960’s.
It has become known as one of the most prestigious races in horse racing.

The horse racetrack from the ferris wheel

Gold Cup Trot & Parade Route Maps

1 comment:

Anne said...

I like the scrambler - really anything that spins. But I don't like to be sideways or upside down. Too scary!