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Five towns planning celebrations


With a number of communities hosting Come Home Year celebrations, the Burin Peninsula is sure to be buzzing with activity this summer.

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Five towns on the Burin Peninsula – Marystown, Grand Bank, Fortune, Lawn and Baine Harbour – are hosting Come Home Year celebrations this summer. (Pictured) Marystown last hosted an event in 2008.

Through July and August, Grand Bank, Fortune, Marystown, Lawn and Baine Harbour will be welcoming local and former residents alike to join in the festivities.

The population of the Town of Marystown is expected to grow by more than 1,000 people, explained Coun. Darlene Lafosse-Blagdon.

A large influx of people will be good for the town, she said.

“It should mean a boost in the economy for sure,” she said.

“With a lot of people coming home, they’re going to want to buy souvenirs, visit stores (and) we have people looking for places to park RVs.”

She added Marystown is also likely to benefit from people in the surrounding communities coming to town to shop.

Fortune Coun. Levi Curtis said while he is not sure the exact numbers his town is expecting, it will mean a boost to businesses there.

“I think it is going to be a boom,” he said.

“I think that everyone is going to benefit — from the local restaurants to hotel and bed and breakfast operators.”

With the number of events on the Burin Peninsula this summer, there is some concern they will diminish attendance at each, but the overall opinion is positive.

Curtis said when the Town of Fortune set out to plan its come home year events three years ago, it did not foresee so many events planned so close together.

“The thing about it is are Lawn residents ... going to come to Fortune’s Come Home Year?

“Are Marystown people?”

Zelda Clark, a member of the Lawn Come Home Year Committee said the town is expecting more than 700 people returning for the celebration.

“I think it is great,” said Clark.

“It is going to be a good boost to business and organization around this area.”

She said that with some events falling on the heels over others, it could mean people going to other communities.

“We are hoping some of the people from Marystown, for example, will come to take in some of the activities that we are offering,” she explained.

However, Henrietta Hillier, chairwoman of the Grand Bank Come Home Year Committee, worries having the events so close together might mean some events will lose out.

She wonders if people who come for one event will stay around long enough to take in another one.

“It seems like one is going to draw away from the other. Even Grand Bank and Fortune’s could have been (dated) closer … people could have come home for one and stayed for the two,” Hillier said.

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