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How The Infamous April Fool’s  “Sackvegas” Sign Came To Be: 

Four years ago today,  I was driving home from work on April Fool’s Day and I saw something that almost made me spit my coffee out all over the dashboard. 



 I had heard the nickname thrown around for years but this took it to a whole new level.

 I had been planning on starting a foolish Sackville blog and this inspired me to do it – and name it “Sack-Vegas.”  I have had some criticism thrown my way as my blog experiment grew – some people said “the name calls the place down” and “you are destroying property values.”   Hahaha!

 Really?  I find it hilarious and the name certainly grabbed a bit of attention quickly. It’s funny because Sackville is, um, not really overly fabulous and it’s nothing like Vegas.  The name is a joke, that’s it.  Get over it, haters! 

 Anyway, enough about me and my Social media foolishness. Check out one of the pranksters (name witheld because mystery is awesome) behind sign’s story: 

“It was April Fools 2011, my best friend and I (a born and raised SackVillian) cruise down the Sackville strip in the middle of the night in a black suv that was purchased on the Sackville strip of course. We quietly park in behind the Fultz house, pop the back hatch and unload a 4’ X 8’ sheet of plywood, hinged in the middle and jig sawed and painted into a glorious replica of the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, of course Las Vegas was changed to SackVegas. We crept down the path and mounted it with steel brackets and wood screws on an existing street sign. Long story short, it was just awesome. Funny thing is I was not a born and raised Sack Villain, I am just a retired graffiti artist passing through, and it was in a dorm room a province away that I first heard of the marvelous SackVegas over Schooner beer in a residence house in Newfoundland. Fast forward to the moment I exited the 102 onto Glendale when I moved to Sackville, the King of Rock ‘N’ Roll himself decided to come on the radio and sign to me Viva Las Vegas. I have long abandon vandalism but I decided to it was best for Sackville to be remember by the jewel that it is. A lucky few were fortunate to view it that morning before it was removed by I’m almost certain not the authorities. I believe the fine people of Sackville deserve their sign back. Put it back! HOIST THE COLOURS!!!!”

 Hahahaha! This person sounds awesome. I had no idea it was made of wood and so much work was put into it. So funny! 

 Sooooo…..I would LOVE to know who took it down and if it still exists. 


About Jeff Nielsen

For people who love Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia! A lot of us lovingly call it “Sack-Vegas” which I personally find hilarious. I hope to have this column be a place for us to discuss our hometown, poke fun at ourselves (nothing too derogatory about our town though), post some old or current pics….whatever we want to do with it.


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