Captain Kidd Days return this weekend for its 28th annual run, three days of fun for the whole family and great live music on tap

Captain Kidd Days '13 is back for it's 28th annual family festival from August 2-4.
Captain Kidd Days '13 is back for it's 28th annual family festival from August 2-4.
Captain Kidd Days ’13 is back for it’s 28th annual family festival from August 2-4.

Photographs courtesy of Captain Kidd Days

Looking for something to do this weekend for the entire family or craving some of the region’s best live cover music?

Look no further because we’ve got exactly what the doctor ordered – Captain Kidd Days are back for what could possibly be the best year yet since its inception 28 years ago.

To be sure, Captain Kidd Days is not only Sarnia-Lambton’s preeminent annual three-day festival when it comes to bringing the whole family together and offering something for everyone of all ages, but it’s also very notably the region’s longest running family fun festival – now in its 28th yearconsidering it’s been around for almost three solid decades.

Organizer Geoff Dale says that this year’s event will include more activities and ammenities – for children, teens and adults – than past weekends as they’re continuely looking for innovative new ways to ramp up the fun and excitement.

This year, once again the event’s theme and, more to the point, it’s mission is to continue “Putting the Kidd back in Captain Kidd,” according to Dale.

In fact, this year will see more activities, games and family-friendly diversions than any previous year – an ambitious task at best considering the upgrades and improvements seen at last year’s family festival.

If the enhancements last year to the family-friendly Kids Zone weren’t enough, this year will see those improvements and much more during this year’s 28th anniversary weekend.

Some of the new attractions this year, according to organizers, include a 24 foot high inflatible slide, mechanical train rides, carnival-style hockey and football games, and, to top it all off, stilt walker and children’s entertainer Bill Nuvo will be on hand Saturday for a special show that kids won’t want to miss.

Other activities for the family this year include, tonight, a two-pitch tournament at 6 p.m. followed by the annual, always fun Little Miss Teen and Miss Teen competitions at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. respectively.

Tomorrow will start with more two-pitch at 9 a.m. and the annual Captain Kidd Days parade at 11 a.m. The day will also include a  Best Dressed Pirate contest at 12:10 p.m. followed by a Best Dressed Dora and Diego contest; and then entertainment by Bill Nuvo at 12:30 p.m.

Last year, on another note, event organizers tested out bringing in more bands for evening entertainment – a gamble, for all intents and purposes, that paid off and tranformed the longstanding annual event into not only a family affair – something it’s always been about from the very beginning – but a family affair with a distinct summer music festival flavor.

This time around that success and momentum will continue with a lineup of seven outstanding regional bands slated to headline the event’s first two nights including the highly anticipated return of Two Crown King on Saturday.

Two Crown King, for those who don’t know their music, is a talented rock band that’s no stranger to our community by any means, as they performed at last year’s Captain Kidd Days finale and, notably, prior to that performed at the Hiawatha Labour Day Bash in ’10 and Get The Ball Rolling in ’12.

Along with Two Crown King prominently headlining Saturday’s final evening of live music, both Friday and Saturday include a total six more of the region’s most popular bands that feature both original content and cover music.

Tonight’s opening gala is slated to include live musical entertainment by The Scotch Prophets, Maggies Mountain, and Scott Manery and the Barnburners.

Saturday night’s bands will include Pöwer Hoüse, Running Red Lights – a local favorite who recently headlined an INDIEFEST night of music at the Stubborn Mule – and, the main event, Two Crown King.

On Sunday, the day will begin at 10:30 p.m. with the conclusion of the three-day two-pitch tournament, plus an event called the Redneck Games is set to happen at 2 p.m.

Fireworks will close out this year’s 28th anniversary three-day Captain Kidd Days weekend at 10 p.m.

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