The Games kicked off with the opening ceremony Tuesday night; competition got underway Wednesday.
Laurie Boucher, Antigonish’s mayor, tells The Hawk there’s a great atmosphere in the area.
“When you walk down Main St., there (are) teams from all over the country walking and everybody’s happy,” she says. “The vibe in the town and on campus is phenomenal, you can feel it as soon as you come into our town- our merchants are ready, all of our residents are very happy.”
Boucher says the event will create tangible and intangible benefits that will last for years to come.
Owen McCarron, the warden of Antigonish Co., says he was impressed with Tuesday’s official opening to the Games at the Keating Centre.
“It was so well prepared, and everybody’s part was done really, really well,” he says. “The athletes came in and there was such an enthusiastic feeling in the room- it was unbelievable.”
McCarron says the atmosphere has been spine-tingling.
Thursday is day two of competition; the Games wrap up Saturday.
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