The Bridgetown Ciderfest in an annual four day event celebrating the apple harvest in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia.
Bridgetown Is Home To The Ciderfest Celebrations In The Annapolis Valley
It is held on the third weekend of September and starts on Thursday. This event has been running for almost 29 years now and is always a crowd-pleaser with lots of events for everyone.

Bridgetown is located in Annapolis County along the Annapolis River at the Head of the Tide. For awhile Bridgetown was the entrepot for the agricultural and forest products of the surrounding areas. This was the farthest point up the Annapolis River larger ships could come.

Several manufacturing plants opened here including apple warehouses and a cider plant. As with almost every village in the Annapolis Valley the apple harvest was a busy time in town and after it they wanted to celebrate.

The Bridgetown festival has several different events going on during its four day celebrations. There are a few though that really stands out for this festival.

One of them is the Graves Valufoods Queen Street Cafe held on Friday evening. The whole Queen Street is closed down, unless it rains and then the event moves to the arena. The event includes a barbecue, a wine tent, lots of lively music and dancing and kids games. They also choose the Bridgetown Youth Ambassador during the evening and hold the popular Scotiabank Head Shave in support of the Cancer foundation.

Another interesting event is the Apple Pie Contest held on Thursday evening. There are two categories in this competition, one for adults and one for 17 and under. A complimentary bag of flour is given to every pre-registrant.

Another event held is the Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off held in several different categories or age groups. They have prizes for the largest overall, the smallest overall and for a hidden weight.

The Rubber Duck race has been a favorite for quite some time now. The race starts and finishes in front of Jubilee Park. This is a fundraiser for the Bridgetown Cadet Corps.

Next is the Cardboard Boat Regatta also starting and finishing at Jubilee Park. They give prizes for the best costumed boat crew and a prize for the best looking boat as well as age group winner trophies.

Another very popular event is the Vernon Dakin Family Car Rally held on Sunday. The rally starts and ends at the high school and there is a barbecue for the contestants at the finish line. Old car lovers will love the Show & Shine at Jubilee Park.

The Chamber of Commerce Fitness Challenge held at the Bridgetown Development Centre on Bay Road is held on Sunday. This is an absolutely great way to get dirty, wet and tired while having a ton of fun. Many new obstacles to overcome for the teams of four.

The younger children will love the Children’s and Pets Parade. They are welcome to enter even if they do not have a pet. Following this is the Grand Street Parade which always has plenty of entries.

The annual Amateur Talent Showcase Jamboree held in the Bridgetown Arena offers continuous music and great talent. Or you may want to check out the Ciderfest Stomp on Saturday evening in the arena.

Sports events include a Co-Ed Slow-pitch Tournament; a Ciderfest 5 km Fun Run; the annual Terry Fox Run; the Annapolis County Special Olympics Charity Golf Tournament held at Eden Golf & Country Club; the Investors Group Five-A-Side Soccer Tournament at B.R.H.S.; Ciderfest Lob Ball Tournament and the Great Scavenger Hunt.

Food events include a pancake breakfast, the Harvest Dinner, Ambassadors Breakfast among other food vendors and barbecues.

Other events could include a Quilt & Rug Show; a Silent Auction; a book sale; the Ciderfest Soap Box Derby; the Ciderfest Market and a Music Jamboree.

That is quite a celebration with tons of fun for the whole family. To see an updated schedule of events for this year visit the Bridgetown Ciderfest Facebook Page.

Leave the Berwick Gala Days Page to go look at other great Annapolis Valley Community Festivals.

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