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People from all over have come to Fiddle Park

By Christina Van Starkenburg

Lloyd Hill directs the traffic as trailers line up to enter into Fiddle Park Monday morning.

Lloyd Hill directs the traffic as trailers line up to enter into Fiddle Park Monday morning.

PEMBROKE - 

A familiar line of campers took over the parking lot at Riverside Park on Monday with people coming in from all over the place to partake in Fiddle Park.

Monday is usually the busiest day to enter the park with around 500 trailers rolling into the park. Many others trickle in for the rest of the week leading up to the competition.

People who needed to use Pembroke Street and the other roads leading to Fiddle Park were relieved to discover that the trailers didn't clog up the street. Everything ran very smoothly Monday morning, and although the line of trailers never seemed to shrink far below 10, the campers were registered and moved inside the park quite quickly.

“A number of years ago, probably in 2001 if I remember correctly, we modified the procedure on Monday morning. It used to be that the park wasn't even opened or readied until Monday morning and that process was started at 8 a.m., but the workers came up with an idea that they could try and get it prepared the weekend before,” said Ray Harnish one of the directors for Fiddle Park.

Since they started setting up on the weekend people have been able to enter the park around 8 a.m. instead of 10 a.m. or 11 a.m., which means that the streets aren't at a standstill for the day.

While the trailers are lined up, fire fighters from the Pembroke Fire Department walk through each of them to check to make sure the smoke detectors are working and look at the propane tanks to ensure that they are not damaged.

A lot of the people driving into the campground have been coming to the park for many years so once they arrive they head to the same spot they've gone to in the past. This means that the volunteers need to constantly tour the campground to find holes for individuals who are coming for the first time.

Now that the campers are settling into the park and setting up their stages, chairs and pianos the sound of music and dancing will soon drift out of the grounds.

Christina van Starkenburg is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist

c.vanstarkenburg@sunmedia.ca


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