The North Sydney Bartown Festival Society

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The North Sydney Bartown Festival Society

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  • Bar 90 Executive Committee

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In 1975, North Sydney celebrated Bar 90, a week-long summer festival to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the town’s incorporation. Organized by the community-led Bar 90 Executive Committee, the festival was founded as a lead up to the town’s 100th anniversary celebrations in 1985 (Sampson and Currie, 65, 1985). The festival included different events and competitions that were held in the town, such as talent shows, a beauty contest, parades, barbeques, dances, concerts, races and other public events (Sampson and Currie, 65, 1985). After 1975, the number of years after the 90th anniversary of the town was added to the name of the town’s festival (For example, in 1980, the festival was named Bar 90+5). After the town’s centennial celebration, the festival was renamed Bar 90 Days. In 1995, North Sydney almost lost the annual festival after North Sydney was amalgamated into the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. With the help of local volunteers, the festival was saved. In 1996, it was re-named The North Sydney Bartown Festival. The festival continues to be held each year (Bartown Community Society, 2010). Prior to the Bartown Festival, North Sydney hosted an annual week-long festival named Old Home Week.

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Bartown Community Society (2010) Bartown Days- Festival History. Retrieved online Friday, March 11, 2011 from: http://www.bartown.ca/history.html

Sampson, G. H., Currie, D.A. (1985) North Bar Remembered- North Sydney’s Centennial and Bicentennial 1785-1985. Sydney: City Printers Ltd. P. 65.

UF: Bar Ninety Days, North Sydney’s Centennial, Bartown Days, North Sydney Bartown Festival

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