I was absolutely honored to be apart of St. Lawrence Day this year because it wasn’t just any St. Lawrence Day it was also the beginning of Come Home Year! Every five years communities host a week long of super fun activities where everyone gets to meet up with old friends and family members and just have fun.
The Come Home Year committee this year is nothing short of fantastic and when they asked me to be a part of their kickoff parade, I couldn’t resist. I was so excited to ride in the back of Mr. Mike O’Reilly’s candy blue convertible; it was so special because Mr.O’Reilly’s father drove the same car in the same parade 43 years ago! Isn’t that crazy?!
It was a gorgeous day for a parade and it was so exciting to drive around and see all the happy faces of local children as they picked out their favorite float and collected candy from Elmo, Cookie Monster and a Princess (guess who?).
Shortly after the parade ended, what seemed like the entire town, gathered for the opening ceremonies where they announced the theme, I sang our national anthem, they introduced the committee members and the mayor gave a very moving speech on how important it is to hold onto your roots, your hometown.
We also heard from MHA Carol Anne Haley, MP Judy Foote, and Premier Dwight Ball; it was so wonderful to hear from them and their experiences with my region, it made me even more proud to represent my province on the Miss Teenage Canada stage (if that was even possible)! Shortly after they presented the official reopening of the CFI mine in St.Lawrence, the mine has brought so many opportunities to those both young and old in our tiny communities, including allowing so many Newfoundlanders to return home and work.
Finally, the day closed with an open mic, there were so many talented acts that I was able to watch and I even got the chance to sing myself, which was great practice for MTC’s upcoming talent gala!
Once again I’d like to say a huge thank you to all those who allowed me to spend the day in St.Lawrence and be apart of the festivities, I felt like true royalty. Welcome home to everyone who traveled back to St.Lawrence, I hope your week is everything you hope for.
Bailey, Miss Teenage Newfoundland and Labrador 2017 ❤