Morell River Run Festival starts Thursday

Ryan Ross
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Kathryn MacAleer of Morell paddles her boat made of plastic Kitty Litter jugs and duct tape to victory in the Morell River run flotilla during the village's River Run Festival in 2010.

MORELL — Organizers of the 2014 Morell River Run Festival have been busy this summer planning four days worth of fun events that will take place July 17 to 20, a highlight of the year for many residents of the village.

The festival kicks off Thursday evening with 19 plus trivia at the Morell Fire Hall.

On Friday evening, the River Run Parade will make its way through the village and the Lions Club Annual Street Dance takes place 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the Morell Maples Mall parking lot.

On Saturday morning, there will be children’s stories and crafts at the library, and a farmer’s market at the Rossiter Park shelter. For the rest of the day, there will be face painting and games in the park for the children. Kids have a chance to check out some fire trucks thanks to the Morell Fire Department. The annual River Run Flotilla is also planned.

The Peter Gordon United Church is holding a take out or eat in lobster and ham supper Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $17 for the lobster dinner and $13 for the ham plate.

A new addition to this year’s festival is the River Run Rubber Duck Race. The cost to pledge a duck is $5 and the first duck to cross the finish wins its owner a cash prize of $1,000. Ducks can be purchased at Kingfisher Outdoors in Morell or the Riverside Diner, also in Morell. People who won’t be in the area prior to Saturday can still pledge a duck by texting 902-218-3910.

There will be lots more fun happening on Sunday with the annual St. Lawrence O’Toole outdoor mass and picnic in Green Meadows, a strawberry social sponsored by Independent MLA Olive Crane happening 3 to 5 p.m. at the Morell Fire Hall, and a 50 and over card play and social that evening at the Morell Fire Hall.

“The planning committee tries to keep as many events as possible free and we wouldn’t be able to do that without fundraising efforts throughout the year and generous donations and sponsorships from local businesses and individuals,” says committee chair Paula Sinnott.

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