Marni Shpur and Judi Shropshire performed in the afternoon. Beer flowed for the thirsty crowd.
BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF –
The Eugenia Gold Rush kept visitors happy through one of the hottest days of the year on Saturday, June 30. Temperatures soared to 33°C with humidex readings surpassing 40°C.
Relief from the heat was hard to come by but visitors braved extreme conditions to enjoy the 16th annual edition of this summertime festival. Members of Grey Highlands Fire Department were on hand, ready to deal with any emergency.
Steampunk was the theme of this year's event and many people donned costumes inspired by Victorian and Edwardian 19th-century steam-powered machinery and garb.
The day began with a well-attended pancake and sausage breakfast at the United Church followed by a 40 plus vendor village, kids' games including a climbing wall in the community park. A fishing derby was also held at the lake where Eugenia resident Ryan Jefferey took first place landing a 3.10 lb bass in the morning.
An old-fashioned strongman game tested kids' strength with a mallot to ring a bell at the top of the striker tower.
Many young prospectors sifted through rock and sand searching for gems and one lucky fortune-seeker found gold with a reward of $50 at the gold-panning station. Others made a clearer path to riches, bidding in the silent auction for many high quality donations from local businesses.
Kids got up close and personal with some exotic animals who didn't seem to be bothered by the extreme heat.
Steampunk paraphernalia was on display courtesy of Mary Sarah Antiques.
The evening was warm as The Rockafellers took to the "last stage" and performed until midnight before a large crowd who danced the night away under clear star-filled skies.
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