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June 27, 2024

Neither rain, nor heat, nor gloom of cloud stays Eugenia Gold Rush from completing its appointed fun

Eugenia pavilion ribbon-cutting ceremony

Photo: Left to right: Councillor Nadia Dubyk, Jennifer and Mike McInnes from Universal Builders, EDCIA Chairperson Ron Barnett, Mayor Paul McQueen, Deputy Mayor Dane Nielsen, Councillor Tom Allwood, Capstone Infrastructure Procurement Specialist Chelsea Whitelaw, volunteer Leanne Alp with her son Thomas Jackson, EDCIA board member Stewart Halliday.


BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF — The Gold Rush festival took over the community park in Eugenia on Saturday, June 22. Despite monsoon-like rains in mid-afternoon, the day was well-attended and much fun was had by all who braved the weather.

A ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new pavilion kicked things off. Grey Highlands Mayor and Councillors were on hand, as well as several members of the Eugenia District Community Improvement Association (EDCIA), who organize the Gold Rush every summer. Mike and Jennifer McInnes from Universal Builders and Chelsea Whitelaw from Capstone Infrastructure rounded out the list of dignitaries who took part in the formalities.

Gold Rush bouncy train obstacle course

From there, it was a bustling event with a variety of vendors, a Grey Highlands Museum display, kids' games, three bouncy attractions, horseshoe tournament, live music, silent auction and beer garden, which was run by the Flesherton Royal Canadian Legion Branch 333.

horses and riders at Gold Rush

While rain forced an early end to festivities, organizers were pleased with the turnout and thought their fundraising objectives had been realized. During the event, attendees happily browsed the grounds and enjoyed the atmosphere of this small town affair, at times taking cover from the rain and heat under the new pavilion, thus christening the structure for many more years of community service.

Gold Rush bouncy obstacle course

Horseshoe Tournament winners were Amanda Letendre and John Poulson.

 


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