Reunion a great success, says Haight


As far as the Kincardine Old Boys and Old Girls Reunion committee is concerned, it was mission accomplished.
The committee planned five days of fun to bring Kincardine the best party it has ever seen and reunion chair Laura Haight said that's exactly what happened.

"Everyone had a good time. We really did have something for everyone," she said. "With the weather, it made it a perfect weekend."

Blue skies and high temperatures throughout the five days made Station Beach a popular destination for everyone. Haight said there were large crowds at all the events at the beach and tickets for all of the entertainment were sold out well in advance.
Haight estimated upwards of 35,000 people descended on Kincardine for the weekend. Friday nightÆs cruise night was well attended and the Saturday night pipe band parade was probably the longest ever.

People crowded Queen Street Saturday morning for the Callithumpian Parade, which Haight mentioned as one of her personal highlights of the weekend. Sunday night's shirt­tail parade had over 10,000 participants.
"We exceeded our expectations," Haight said. "Everything went the way we wanted."

The reunion committee worked tirelessly in the months leading up to the weekend to ensure things would run smoothly. Haight said there were just a few minor glitches and the committee already has plans to fix them by 2018.
"I'd like to thank everyone on the committee and their families and friends," Haight said. "It's really thanking the whole community for their efforts (in helping things run smoothly)."

The police were a visible presence at most reunion events. Haight said there were a few minor issues but she was pleased with their efforts in keeping everyone safe.

Final attendance numbers and financial information were not available at press time, but, with the reunion complete, Haight is already reminiscing about the events of 2008.

"When you come into the downtown and see all the people lining the streets (during the Callithumpian Parade) and you look back and see all the floats, it actually gets a little emotional," she said. "See you in 10 years."

Kudos to the organizers! Till

Kudos to the organizers! Till the next reunion.... cheers!