Coal Dust Days
 (902) 862-4710
July 13, 2018 to July 22, 2018
History 
Coal Dust Days
Coal Dust Days started in 1983 as a way to celebrate New Waterford's 70th Anniversary. Building upon the momentum developed in 1983 during New Waterford’s “70th Anniversary Celebrations”, Mayor Jerry Marsh called upon community volunteers to form a committee to be responsible for developing another summer festival. This festival became known as “Coal Dust Days”, a title which reflects the importance of the coal mining industry in the community. “King Coal” was chosen as the festival’s mascot and remains the face of the festival today.  The first “Coal Dust Days” organizing committee was established in 1984 when Mayor Gerry Marsh asked Clare Larade to form a group of community volunteers. Founding members included Larade, along with Jim MacKinnon, Donnie Blackwood, Tom Cummings and Mike Feukes. In 1985 the town council decided that recreation director Gary MacDonald would join the organizing committee, this starting a long relationship with the municipal recreation department.