A Brief History of Seafest .... 

The year is 1978 ...

Marie Germaine d’Entremont has been crowned Queen of the Western Nova Scotia Tuna Tournament & Festival. There are teas, parades, parties, and a fishing derby. Unfortunately, at this time there were friends, family, fun, and festivities… but no tuna.

The decision to disband the Tuna Festival was made and a small balance of funds was turned over to Richie Hubbard, Director of the Yarmouth Recreation Department to ensure that outdoor activities of some kind would be implemented, in the form of a summer festival. As a result, SEAFEST was born. A volunteer committee was established and plans were put in motion for the first annual Seafest Festival to take place in 1979.

Fast forward to the evening of August 18th, 1979...

Lt.Gov. of Nova Scotia, John Shaffner, and the 1978 Tuna Queen are ready to crown the very first Seafest Queen from a Royal Party of eleven delegates. Shelley Surette, sponsored by the Yarmouth County Historical Society, would receive the honour. The next two years saw Seafest continue in August as a week-long festival, although no queen was crowned. Sports activities were the main focus.

In 1982, the Seafest festival was only a 3 day, weekend event.
This was due to reduced funding and lack of staffing. The first day was now July 31st.

1983 saw a rebuilding, lengthening, and shifting the event into July, re-establishing pageant activities and the coronation of a second Seafest Queen.

Beginning in 1989 the Seafest festival began sending its Seafest Queen to represent our region in various provincial pageants. Over the years these delegates have returned with nineteen awards.

In 1997, Seafest was approved to send a delegate to the Miss Canada International Pageant in Toronto.  Over the next fourteen years, delegates returned with twelve awards.

In 2009, two Seafest alumni attended and won both Miss Canada & 1st Runner Up.

Seafest Royal Party & committee members have participated in and promoted Yarmouth County in key events locally, nationally and internationally.
For example: Canada’s Birthday; Breakfast TV; Co-hosted a 1995 Tourism Summit in Halifax; ATV’s Live At Five 1997; Cat Sell - Boston, 1998; Apple Blossom Festival Parade for 18 years; July 4th in Maine for 10 years; Tall Ships visits, Wedgeport Tuna Tournament & Festival - 2013, Air Shows and much more!

As an award-winning festival, we now have 37 years of experience under our belts and are looking forward to many more years of fun activities for all ages!