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 Wind creations on tap at 20th Annual Festival
2019 ArtGigs Show & Sale is featured element

 More than $1,000 in prizes are up for grabs in the 20th Annual Whirligig & Weathervane Festival, scheduled for Shelburne's Historic waterfront on Saturday, September 21 & Sunday, September 22. There are more than fifteen awards in eleven categories for whirligigs, including People's Choice, Best of Show, Most Whimsical and First Time Entrant, plus an award for Best Weathervane. This year, a special prize will be awarded for best depiction of the theme, "Sea Sirens".

A very special feature of the Festival has become the ArtGigs Show and Sale, which features themed whirligigs painted by professional and amateur artists. The ArtGigs will be sold via a silent auction on site and on Facebook during the Festival weekend. All proceeds from the sale are returned to the individual artists.

The weekend starts Saturday morning with a Community Breakfast at Sandy Point Light Community Centre and the Shelburne Farmers Market from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the Guild Hall

The Whirligigs, ArtGigs and craft booths are open for viewing Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, from 11:00am to 5:00pm. There are several restaurants and cafes nearby.

Whirligig building workshops with master builder Milford Buchanan are offered by the Shelburne County Museum on Saturday, from 9:00am to 12 noon and from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.. Workshop cost is $25, with limited space. Reserve space by emailing or by calling 902-875-4003.

 The festival has been growing each year and the Festival Committee is committed to spreading the word to whirligig builders far and wide.  "Given the growing popularity of the event over the years, we expect more than 1000 visitors this year and they really come to see the great work produced by some very talented and inventive people," says committee member Willa Magee.

The Festival also features local food and craft vendors.

Past builders have come from Shelburne, Queens, Lunenburg, Yarmouth and Halifax counties and a far as Ohio, Philadelphia, British Columbia and Ontario. “With more than a dozen prizes in many categories and prizes surpassing $1000,” adds Magee, “we expect a lot of great entries.”

For many years the festival was the only one of its kind in the world and continues to be the largest featuring hand crafted wind machines and only one of its kind in Canada.  The Festival also includes a series of whirligig workshops for kids and adults, which have become a staple of the Festival. This year's Festival will also include a free kite making workshop for kids on Saturday from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, plus a kite-flying demonstration.

In the past two years, attendees came from throughout the Maritimes and as far away as British Columbia. Whirligig makers can register in advance or at the Festival. There is no registration fee. For more information on the upcoming event, or for a full schedule, go to or call 1-902-656-2547.

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  • Sea Siren Theme 

  • Founders' Award

  • People's Choice

  • Best of Show

  • First Time Entrant

  • Most Historical

  • Best Weathervane 

  • Youth Category

  • Best workmanship 

  • Most Creative 

  • Most Whimsical 




For more information about the Festival, or to volunteer ...

Contact: Timothy Gillespie: Festival Committee

  • 533 West Sable Road , Sable River, NS B0T 1V0

  • Tel: 902-656-2547

  • Email:


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