When you think of Reserve Mines today, many people often skip over the truth that Reserve Mines is a community of firsts from first housing group, library, credit union and yes even a community race horse named Lambert Todd, the first ever community owned race horse in North America. When researching a name for a community festival in 1997, three members of the community namely Jack Bonapart Jr. as well as Jeff and Cotter Oliver were looking for “firsts” in Reserve Mines. The Lambert Todd Days Festival was born to celebrate those firsts in the community.
Jackie Murray, branch manager of the Credit Union in Reserve Mines and also sits on the board of the Lambert Todd Days Festival Committee says that the horse was actually owned by six businessmen in Reserve Mines namely Willy Hines, Alley Lewis, Joe Blanche, Mickey Conners, PJ Cadegan, and Worrell Lewis. It was the first horse to break the 2.10.0 time in the Maritimes against a car! Lambert Todd was born in 1916 to former owners Jim Todd and Gracie Lambert from Ontario. Entered into 312 heats, the horse had 138 wins, which was an impressive feat for the day with total career earnings being $9,700.
The Lambert Todd Days Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Big numbers of people are expected from not only the community but also those from elsewhere. People often book their vacations to come back home for Lambert Todd Days. It has turned into more than just a community festival but a social reunion. “Everybody benefits from Lambert Todd Days,” Jackie Murray says, “ and it is a good way of people seeing what we have in the community.” An added plus is that the festival brings in business to the area.
The Festival takes place this year on July 6, 7, 8, and 9th with the official kick off however, on Wednesday night. There are lots of activities planned this year including the famous Jack Bonapart Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday July 7 and Social at the Fire Hall that evening. Don’t miss the Party in the Park on Thursday with hotdogs, pop, and kids games. “It is like a little carnival in the park from 6 to 8 on Thursday evening” Jackie Murray says, “with games like laser tag, tug of war, and maybe even something new this year.” They will also crown the Little Miss and the Miss Lambert Todd at the Festival. The Festival never had any trouble reaching the kids because they always had lots of games. The last couple of years however they have been trying to attract the teenage crowd with hockey drills and basketball drills on Saturday morning.
The revenue that local venues and organizations receive through participating in Lambert Todd Days often carries them through the whole year. The Festival is also a great way to bring people together. Young, old, tall, short, skinny or chubby, it is a time for everyone to get out and be apart of his or her community… and don’t forget to have fun!
[amazon_link asins=’B013P2POSC,B01DUOPWMI,B00YS7CLNA,B01MXLWO5D,B018FK66TU,B00E98G4VS’ template=’ProductGrid’ store=’myglacebayOf-20′ marketplace=’CA’ link_id=’011b42bb-47d1-11e7-b835-3d6d3dee0515′]