There must be a lot of people without air-conditioning or maybe Cobourg’s Beach simply draws big crowds. I checked it out today and although there were thousands on the beach, I didn’t see any signs directing people to the Sidewalk sale – but then there were so many people a sign would get lost. It was perfect beach weather – hot and humid; lots of people spent time in the water and although there were quite a number of “master sculptors”, there didn’t seem to be many amateurs. Parking was scarce (and/or expensive) so many had a long walk and just maybe they went via downtown. There was a DJ blasting music from a spot on the boardwalk and when I visited around 2:00 pm the new beach beer canteen was in full swing. Unfortunately, its live entertainment was almost drowned out by the DJ.
I saw that the two new lifeguard stations had been installed and were in use – although all four old stations were still there [Update – removed on Aug 7]. Auxiliary Police were visible although not regular police. Bylaw enforcement people were active although I don’t know what tickets they might have issued. It’s unlikely they stopped many infractions since there were simply too many people to see everything that was being done.
To round out the evening, the Town puts on a Movie in the Park – today’s was Sherlock Gnomes and I estimated around 500 people were there. The Marie Dressler Foundation commissioned (at Cardboard Reality Studio in Roseneath) a Black and White stick cartoon aimed at publicizing Marie Dressler’s 150th birthday and the celebratory events that will be happening in Cobourg. It was shown 4 times at the beginning of the movie. Oh, and once again, the town put on fireworks at the end of the movie.
The Sandcastle Festival and the beach are certainly big tourist draws for Cobourg – let’s hope the Sidewalk sale was equally successful for merchants.
Here’s a video taken at around 2:30 on Saturday afternoon.