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There are many communities within Grey Highlands and almost all of them host at least one event through the summer months. When you add in service clubs, charitable and non-profit organization fundraisers, markets and festivals, you get a full calendar of fun to keep you busy no matter when you arrive. But let's start at the beginning...
Photo: Funnel cake courtesy Flesherton and District Farmers Market.
The Victoria Day weekend, May 19-21 is the unofficial first weekend of the summer and what better way to kick it off, was with a trip to the opening day of the Flesherton and District Farmers' Market (FDFM) where over 25 vendors set up every Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm in and around the pavilion on the south side of the Flesherton Arena. Here we find a wide selection of products offered, from locally sourced meat, fruits, vegetables and herbs as well as freshly baked goodies, jams and condiments to handmade crafts, jewellery, soaps and much more. Come at the right time and your nose will be engaged with the smell of something barbecuing, ready to take home or eat on the spot. You'll even find gluten-free options and you might win some "market bucks" too! More details on the FDFM website.
Rocklyn Classic Car and Tractor Show Father's Day and the 21st Annual Rocklyn Classic Car and Tractor Show collide at Rocklyn Arena and Fairgrounds on Sunday, June 17. Classic cars, trucks and tractors will be on display from 8 am to 4 pm, with a fantastic brunch from 10 am to 1 pm. Music, prizes, food, beer garden, live entertainment, 50-50 draw and silent auction round out this special occasion hosted by Rocklyn Community Groups.
If you aren't aware of it, one of Flesherton's favourite sons is Chris Neil, former Ottawa Senators and Flesherton Minor Hockey Association alumni. Turn the calendar ahead a few weeks and you happen to have arrived at a moment in time when the town – nay the whole municipality – is about to welcome him back for one day to honour the hockey hero and his accomplishments following his retirement from the NHL after 15 successful seasons wearing number 25. Saturday, June 23 marks the event and it promises to be fun for the whole family with food, music, sports and of course, the man of honour himself. Events take place all day at the Flesherton Arena and Kinplex next door. Funds raised from the event will go to Rogers House.
Photo: Applejack the donkey courtesy of Eugenia Gold Rush.
June ends off with an annual event commemorating the ill-fated Eugenia gold rush of 1853 on Saturday, June 30. The Eugenia Gold Rush festival begins bleary-eyed with a fishing derby, pancake breakfast, kids' amusements, games and market and finishes late with food, silent auction and live music on an outdoor stage as Dave Russell and the Rockafellers keep it rocking until midnight at this licensed event to raise money for community improvements. Admission is free with small fees for the derby and Saturday night entertainment. More details on the Eugenia District Community Improvement website.
You may also find time to steal away to neighbouring Feversham to enjoy the annual community art fair, with vintage car show and BBQ along Wellington Street. It's a two day event from June 30 - July 1 so you'll have plenty of time to browse around, marvel at the local talent and maybe pick up a beautiful piece of art for your abode.
Canada Day is the next stop in our Grey Highlands adventure and this community pays homage to the maple leaf better than most. Later on, the park at Priceville's Stothard Hall plays host to an evening of country entertainment including step dancing, music and merriment with fireworks at dusk. Bring a blanket and get there early to enjoy a hot dog or two on the lawn before the great big show in the sky.
The Markdale Rotary Club hosts the 80th Annual Street Frolic on Friday, July 6. It begins at 7 pm. The cost is $3 for adults and $1 for children aged 5 to 12.
Golfers take note... There are many private and community-run tournaments in the area but Sea & Ski Realty hosts a special day at the Highland Glen Golf Course on Friday, July 20. The entrance fee is $125 per player which includes lunch, 18 holes of golf with a cart, a full steak dinner and prizes. Golfers interested in participating can call Sea & Ski at 1-800-861-7289 with more information also available on their website. The event is held to raise funds for the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation which will also hold their Biennial Silent Auction from July 11-14 on the floor of the Markdale Golf and Curling Club. A very popular local event that in the past has boasted over 700 items on display. It's all for a good cause and you might walk away with some pretty awesome bargains.
Photo: Main Street at the Markdale Cruise Night Classic Car Show. SouthGrey.ca
Pull out that poodle skirt and put your bobby socks on because the Cruise Night Classic Car Show happens on Friday July 27. The fun begins at 6 pm on Main Street in Markdale. Approximately 150 cars lined the streets of Markdale's downtown during last year's event. Everything from muscle cars to classic roadsters are on display. With live music and an obligatory but delicious summer barbecue, this is one event not to miss!
Can you say "yee-haw!"? You will say it repeatedly after a weekend of live country sounds at the Markdale Rotary Mountain Top Jamboree, three fun-filled days of great musical entertainment, food and camping. Shows start Friday, August 10 at 5 pm and run all the way through Sunday, August 12. The cost to attend is $10 on Friday, $15 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday, or you can purchase a weekend pass for $25. Camping is available for $60. It takes place on the Nicholls Family Farm near Markdale.
One of many Flesherton Fling events. Photo: SouthGrey.ca
Hang on because your summer of fun in Grey Highlands continues on August 25 with the Flesherton Fling, including the Saints & Sinners Salon & Saloon at Memorial Park in Flesherton, presented by the Flesherton Fling Committee and the South Grey Museum. There is a children's parade and activities, all day live entertainment and refreshments too. Poetry, song and storytelling highlight this event, supported by the entire community of Flesherton.
From late August to late September, Grey Highlands is ground zero for small town fall fairs boasting three such homespun events to bring out your inner farmer. You'll find everything you love about fall fairs right here including fair ambassador competitions, exhibits, tractor pulls, horse and livestock shows and demonstrations galore! The Markdale Agricultural Society presents their 160th annual fair from August 24-26 at the King Edward Park and Centre Grey Recreation Complex. The 151st Feversham Fall Fair will take place at the Osprey Community Centre September 14-16 while the 151st Rocklyn Fall Fair happens at the Euphrasia Memorial Arena on Saturday, September 22.
Are you tired yet? These are only some of the many community events showcased this season in Grey Highlands. We couldn't possibly list everything that fills yet another jam-packed summer calendar in the municipality this year. Many more good times can be had and updates will emerge as the summer progresses. Check this website for more events listed year round.