The around the Island canoe races were held in

the late seventies as part of the annual Nelson Days festivities

hosted by the Nelson Softball Association. The event was an immediate hit, at race time the shoreline on St Patrick’s Drive with filled with spectators. The event drew participants from all over the river.

Many of those who raced in Nelson also participated in the race from Sunny Corner to Newcastle during Newcastle Canada Days and other races throughout the province. These competitors such as Fred Kernighan, Hubert Sherrard, Gary and Clayton Mahoney made the event more exciting.

Confident that the event would still be popular the Nelson Fair Committee has added it to its list of activities. The race will be held at 1:00 PM sharp on Saturday September 15th. Registration will be held from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM.

The race will be open to those 18 and over and trophies will be awarded to the first second and third place winners. Those who finish in the top three in 2012 and 2013 and win the 2014 event will be eligible for an attractive cash prize.

Registration will be $5.00 per person. All participants will be required to wear life jackets and comply with all safety provisions outlined in the registration form. The event will be patrolled to ensure the safety of the contestants.

Event organizers welcome participants from far and wide.

For further information on the event please call Terry Doyle 622-3494 or Danny Corcoran 773-9175


We had our first meeting for the Nelson Fair 2013, there was a great turn out. It sure looks like this years event will be even better than last year if you can imagine that!!!! Mark your calendars now for Aug. 23, 24 and 25th.

Our next meeting will be on March 27, 2013 at the Seniors Hall @ 7pm. This meeting is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, you gave us some GREAT IDEAS last year at the fair so this is the meeting you should come to and voice your opinion. We really want everyone’s ideas and sure would love to see some younger people at the meeting. With everyone working together this will be another wonderful weekend.