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Giant Mayfest yard sale kicks off May 3

by Adam Jacobs

 CHESTER - Snow melting, flowers blooming, birds singing and Mayfest.

 These are sure signs of spring for the people in the Municipality of Chester.

 The eighth annual Mayfest, which is best known for its 100-mile yard sale, is scheduled for May 3 to 4 (rain date May 10 to 11).

 "It's perfect because this is the time of year when people begin cleaning their homes and decide to get rid of some things," said Becky Scott, executive director of the Chester and Area Family Resource Centre (CAFRC), co-ordinator of the event. "Like Harvestfest bridges the gap between fall and winter, Mayfest bridges the gap between winter and spring."

 From Hubbards, to the Forties, to Martins River and everywhere in between bargain hunters will have their fill of yard sales.

 And to help the diehard yard-salers, the people behind Mayfest provide a map detailing the municipality and all the yard sale locations.

 "You can find just about anything at Mayfest," Ms Scott said. "There are antiques, old newspapers, baby items, bake sales. You name it, you can probably find it."

 And best of all the listing in the map and brochure is free of charge thanks to local sponsorships.

 The catch is you have to submit your listing by April 25. Watch for the brochure in your local flyers or find it at a local business.

 Mayfest began eight years ago through a fundraising initiative of the Chester Basin Legion. Since that time it has grown into a much-anticipated event.

 "We've had people come from all over Nova Scotia and some from as far away as New Brunswick and PEI," Ms Scott said. "We've even had people here from the U.S."

 If hosting a yard sale isn't your thing, you can still get involved.

 Items in good condition can be donated on the afternoon of May 2. Call the number below for more details.

 "The neatest thing is people get to get out of their house and meet other people," Ms Scott said. "It's often the first spring event."

 There will also be prizes and entertainment provided.

 The grand prize is expected to be a one-night stay at Oak Island Resort.

 For your free listing, or to find out more about Mayfest, call the CAFRC at 275-4347 or e-mail at cafrc@ns.aliantzinc.ca.



posted on 04/15/08
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