Press Release – ENSE Usage of the Antigonish Arena

RE:       Eastern Nova Scotia Exhibition Usage of the Antigonish Arena

Date: 25 August 2016

On August 10, 2016, the Antigonish Arena Commission notified the Eastern Nova Scotia Exhibition (ENSE) it would have to change the date of the 2017 and any future Exhibition to accommodate additional ice-rentals.  Unknown to the Arena Commission at that time, it did not have the authority to make that decision.

Signed in 2014, the Antigonish-Guysborough Federation of Agriculture holds a 10-year lease with the Municipality of the County of Antigonish and the Town of Antigonish, which permits the usage of the Antigonish Arena for two weeks of the year for holding an exhibition.  For generations the ENSE has been held during the same week in late August – early September.  To change this tradition requires the approval of both Municipal and Town councils.

On Thursday, August 25, 2016, Municipal Council met to discuss the Arena Commission’s action.  Council has determined that they are not prepared to change the lease terms, permitting the 2017 and future Exhibitions to continue during its traditional dates.

From hockey to horses, the Municipality recognizes the value of recreation in all its forms.  We have invested heavily into the Antigonish Arena and want to see it succeed.  Likewise, the time and effort farmers put into their crops and livestock, and the celebration of that success, are important to our heritage and local economy.

We hope that the community conversations that have begun in the past two weeks will continue in a constructive manner, so that we might see further improvement & utilization of these community facilities.

For more information please contact Municipality of the County of Antigonish at (902) 863-1117