Eric White is known for getting things done and making things happen. Just ask the residents of the Hants North area, who have watched him in various roles with the Hants North Minor Baseball Association, and now alongside the Hants North Recreational and Development Association. Between the two organizations, Eric and a strong group of volunteers have in short order made considerable change. The two groups have erected ball field lights on the North Noel Road, worked to establish a multi-purpose pad which includes basketball and tennis courts, and captured provincial attention with a Chase the Ace draw which garnered approximately $330,000 for the local community, and served as a catalyst for draws across the province.

Now Eric, and both Hants North community groups are chasing a Guinness World Record. “I said yes for two simple reasons; this was an opportunity for residents in our Municipality to come together for an event with a festival atmosphere, and we have an opportunity to break a World Record which was something our group was enthused about being involved with” explained White, on the decision to get involved with Tide Fest. White, and volunteers from the Hants North area, have been busy preparing for the tournament, and working with Guinness on the requirements to break the World Record. The current record is held in Wise County, Texas which had 486 participants in the event. The goal is for at least 500 participants, but the venue (Sportsplex Dome) can accommodate more than that if the interest in the event exceeds that number.

So what can one expect if they sign up for the Guinness World Record Attempt? “Participants are going to have the time of their life, it’s going to be a fun atmosphere, and if we are able to establish the World Record, the people involved will be able to say they were part of that” explained White. The Tide Fest Washer Toss Tournament is open to players 14 years and older, cost to register is $40 per 2-player team, and individuals get to choose their own partner when registering. The round robin portion of the tournament will run on Saturday July 15th and the playoffs take place Sunday July 16th, teams are guaranteed a minimum of 8 games, and the winning team takes home $2,000. There are a series of other prizes available throughout the weekend. For those wondering, the Washer Toss Tournament will have a licensed area for those wanting to enjoy a cold one during the event.

When asked whether the tournament is for competitive or recreational players, White said it is for both, and it’s all working together to set a World Record. “Regardless if you are competitive, recreational, or have never thrown a washer in your life, this day is all about having fun with your friends, meeting new friends, and truly coming together as an East Hants community to help set a World Record”.

As of the print deadline CBC News is scheduled to air a segment on Tide Fest, and the World Record Attempt for Wednesday June 28th during its evening news coverage. If you happen to miss the segment please visit www.tidefest.ca or our Facebook page “Tide Fest”.

Tide Fest organizers are also planning for a bus to help transport Tide Fest participants from Kennetcook to Lantz on Sunday July 15th. Seats are on a first come basis and are $20 for a return trip. For more details please email or call Eric White at eric@maritimeaccounts.com or 902-483-6256

For those wanting to help bring a World Record to East Hants, you can sign your washer toss team for the tournament online at www.tidefest.ca under “tickets”. Or can register in person at Guardian Locations in Elmsdale, Shubenacadie, Stewiacke, the East Hants Sportsplex, Shooters Bar & Grill, Anthony’s Freshmart, or Maritime Accounts Receivable. Deadline to register is July 8th.