TRURO – Rogers Hometown Hockey is making its way to Truro this autumn.

The first four communities of the 2017-18 season were announced on Aug. 24, with Truro being among them. The touring hockey festival will open the season in Niagara Falls, ON, followed by Haliburton Highlands, ON, Charlottetown, and Truro. The remaining 20 locations will be named in September.

Ron MacLean is returning as host, alongside co-host Tara Slone.

The two-day celebration of hockey takes place every Saturday and Sunday, beginning in October, and is open to fans of all ages free of charge. Each week features special guests, musical acts and concludes with an outdoor viewing party of the Sportsnet broadcast. Hosts MacLean and Slone will be on-site to tee up each weekend’s match-up.

“This tour is about discovering all the ways that hockey is woven into the fabric of our nation, and these opening communities will set the stage for a phenomenal season of doing just that,” said Ron MacLean, in a press release.

“I cannot wait to hit the road in October for another year of Rogers Hometown Hockey,” said Slone. “These first four communities represent the start of another coast-to-coast exploration of not only how hockey unites us as Canadians, but also how beautiful every part of our country is. I’m ready to get the show started.”

The tour will be in Truro on Oct. 28 and 29, and will feature a broadcast of a national NHL game between Pittsburgh and Winnipeg on Sportsnet that Sunday.

Bill Mills, mayor of Truro, said he and others are excited to be a stop on the tour.

“It’s going to be a great weekend for the community, filled with free activities for the entire family,” he said. “Truro is an amazing hockey town with great players, coaches, parents and facilities. This is just one way to celebrate it.”

Colchester County Mayor Christine Blair said residents love the sport.

“This event will be a wonderful opportunity to bring our communities together in celebration of the sport and to share our enthusiasm with the rest of Canada,” she said.

Full festival details for each of the 24 stops will be announced at a later date. For more information on the event, visit http://www.hometownhockey.com/.

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