COME TO THE FAIR AND JOIN IN THE FUN
“A Tractor Life for Me in 2023” is the theme of the Bayfield Community Fair to be held this weekend, Aug. 18-20 and excitement is building for the parade that will make its way a long Main Street, after a three year absence, on Saturday at 11 a.m. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
It’s hard to believe, but after months of planning by dedicated organizers, the Bayfield Community Fair is set to open this Friday, Aug. 18. The fairground gates will open on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and close on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 3:45 p.m., giving the community two and a half days of a traditional agricultural fair complete with homecraft exhibits, demonstrations, competitions, events, activities, and music to enjoy.
Read on for a snapshot of what fairgoers can expect to see, taste, and experience at the Fair.
The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is hosting a Fish Fry Dinner on Friday at the Bayfield Agricultural Park with continuous serving from 4:30-7 p.m. Each dinner will include two pieces of Alaska Pollock, fries, coleslaw, roll, and a dessert. For details, please visit Fish Fry Dinner. Advance tickets can be purchased by emailing email@example.com There will be a limited number of tickets available at the gate, so people are encouraged to pre-purchase to avoid disappointment.
A spectacular fireworks display will be held on Friday night at 9 p.m. in the fairgrounds.
A full parade will take place on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. on Bayfield Main Street, starting at Catherine Street, proceeding past Clan Gregor Square and along John Ave to the fairgrounds. Confirmed parade participants include local businesses, marching bands, Shriners units, dignitaries, fire trucks, vintage vehicles and more. Attendees are asked not to forget to bring non-perishable food donations for the Bayfield Area Food Bank. Volunteers will be collecting along the parade route. Also Bayfield Community Fair volunteers will be collecting cash donations along the route to cover parade costs. For additional information, please visit 2023 Parade.
It wouldn’t be a fair without games and activities for children. Age-appropriate games and activities galore will be offered for three different age groups: Preschool, School Age, and Young Adult. Grand River Inflatables will provide endless bouncy fun for the kids on Saturday. And the ever-popular train rides will be available throughout the weekend for the little ones.
Exhibits, displays, and presentations are an important part of a country fair. People won’t want to miss the Homecraft Show in the arena, which provides a showcase for the incredibly talented exhibitors in this community – baking and canning, flowers and plants, fruits and vegetables, art and photography as well as handcrafted quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and woodworking. It’s always a feast for the eyes! The Penhale Landau will also be making a special appearance in the arena. And don’t forget the Poultry Show, which will be running all day on Saturday in the Lions’ display building behind the arena. Several special presentations will be offered in the arena over the weekend: “Flower Arranging” with Rose Odell and “Fermentation of Garden Produce” with Jorrie Flack and Sandy MacDonald, both on Saturday afternoon; and “Planting a Pollinator Garden in Your Yard” with Rhea Hamilton-Seeger on Sunday afternoon. A Robotics Demonstration is scheduled for several times on both Saturday and Sunday. Greenacre Dog Agility and Training will be making a return visit to the Fair with two demonstrations on Sunday afternoon. Please check the 2023 Schedule for the times and locations of all exhibits, displays, presentations and demonstrations.
Celebrating its 100th birthday, this beautifully maintained 1923 Ford Model “T”, five-passenger, touring coupe will be participating in this year’s Bayfield Community Fair parade to be held on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 19. (Photo by James Armstrong)
Want to know what food will be available at the Fair? The Bayfield Community Fair welcomes newcomer “Truckin Mamas on the Run”, a food truck with an extensive menu. “Naomi’s Lemonade Stand and Ice Cream” will also be there to help everyone beat the heat. Also available will be cotton candy, snow cones, bag candy, hot dogs, pop, and water. There will be lots of choices to satisfy every craving!
Fair organizers have planned a full lineup of quality entertainment for this weekend. At Friday’s opening, Adam Lang will provide the evening’s entertainment with his easy-listening guitar playing and vocals. On Saturday afternoon, Erick Traplin, a very popular children’s entertainer, will be doing two high-energy, interactive shows. The Rock Revival Concert at the fairgrounds on Saturday night will feature tribute bands “Zed” and “Southern Fried”. These two bands will be performing hits from Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, and more, giving everyone a chance to rock out the park after dark! For tickets to this concert, please visit: Bayfield Town Hall Events. Last, but certainly not least, the Bayfield Ukulele Society will be performing for everyone on Sunday afternoon. For exact times of all performances at the Fair, please check the 2023 Schedule linked above.
This is just a brief overview of what will be happening at the Bayfield Fair. For additional information about the Fair, please visit Bayfield Community Fair . The BAS extends a warm welcome to everyone in the community, as well as visitors, to: “Come to the Fair and Join in the Fun”.
TWO SUMMER EVENTS WAVED BLUE FLAG
The Municipality of Bluewater and Village of Bayfield Marina hosted a Marina Litter Clean up over the course of the morning on Saturday, July 22.
Organizers would like to offer a big thank you to those that joined. With the help of those in attendance they collected five bags of litter that included over 300 cigarette butts.
These stats were reported to: Ocean Wise to add to their national litter database to help with programing and policy.
Additionally, 30 pollution prevention kits were handed out to boaters; these included an oil absorbent sock, absorbent rags and pads, educational brochures, and a marine store canvas reusable bag.
Then in the afternoon on Thursday, July 27 the Municipality of Bluewater joined with the Bayfield Branch of the Huron County Library to present “Playful Plastics”. This program highlighted how to reuse household plastics to create fun crafts!
Playful Plastics was a huge success with a total of 39 participants from the Municipality of Bluewater Day Camp as well as the general public. Fifty-seven activity kits were distributed. These included a sun-catcher, a wind-spinner and DIY stamps.
Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Blue Flag is invited to go to the Blue Flag Program page on the Municipality of Bluewater website.
Fifty-seven activity kits were distributed at "Playful Plastics". (Submitted photos)
The Municipality of Bluewater and Village of Bayfield Marina hosted a Marina Litter Clean on Saturday, July 22.
MUSICAL DOUBLE-HEADER COMING TO AGRICULTURE PARK THIS SATURDAY
ZED is one of two bands that will perform in Agriculture Park on Aug. 19. Tickets are available now! (Submitted photo)
This coming Saturday, Aug. 19, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society and the Bayfield Agricultural Society are joining forces to bring a “Rock Revival” to the Bayfield Community Fair! Two bands – “ZED” and “Southern Fried” – will take over the Bayfield Fairgrounds at Agricultural Park.
ZED will bring Led Zeppelin’s rock to life as this band faithfully recreates the sound of Led Zeppelin’s studio albums to an astonishing level of accuracy while also capturing the magical aura of the Led Zeppelin live experience.
Established in 2003, Southern Fried has been stunning audiences with a true experience of Southern rock music. They have been hailed as simply the most authentic-sounding Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute anywhere! In addition to Lynyrd Skinner tunes, Southern Fried plays southern classics by such groups as the Allman Brothers, ZZ Top and more.
Tickets are $30. Fairground gates for this Rock Revival will open at 6:30 p.m. while the concert will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available now for $30. There will be a cash bar. Attendees are asked to bring their own chair.
Tickets for this double-header can be purchased: here.
“Danceland” is coming to the Bayfield Town Hall for their end of summer 2023 celebration!
This afternoon outdoor concert will begin at 4 p.m. with the grounds opening at 3:30 p.m.
The jam band is composed of Jale and Joe Ferland as well as drummer Brad Park along with guest keyboard players and bassists.The Ferlands may already be known to many locals as their Grateful Dead/Jerry Garcia Band cover band, “Cherry Garcia Band” has played Bayfield Volkfest and at the River Road Brewery in the past.
Danceland is rooted in a timeless psychedelic Americana tradition, replete with fine, storyteller songcraft; sunny harmonies; lonesome pedal steel; stratospheric lead guitar passages; and a touch of Eastern mysticism. This band evolved during the pandemic when Joe began writing original tunes with additional lyric contributions provided by Jale.
The name Danceland comes from Danceland Road located just south of Bayfield in the Municipality of Bluewater – those who attend the concert will be treated to such locally inspired songs as, “Daneland Road” and “Bluewater Sky”. They will also delight in performances of music by the Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan, selections from the Motown era as well as a mix of Reggae. It sounds like there may be no more appropriate way to say, “Goodbye to summer!”
Tickets for Danceland at the Bayfield Town Hall are $20 each at Tickets. Cash bar. Please bring a lawn chair.
LIVE AND SILENT AUCTIONS AN EXCITING PART OF “OFF THE WALL” FUNDRAISER
The Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) second “Off the Wall” fundraising event is less than two weeks away. It is set for Saturday, Aug. 26 at the Bayfield Town Hall.
“We invite you to light up your Saturday and be a part of this delightful summer art event!” said Leslee Squirrell, president of the BCA.
More than 45 artists answered the call to explore the theme, “Year of Land or Lakes” and the results will be open to the public for a free exhibition from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then in the evening from 4-7:30 p.m. those with tickets will have the opportunity to take home a piece of art right off the wall!
Ticket purchasers will be treated to delightful hor d’oeuvres and adult beverages (beer/wine) as well as an opportunity to bid on both live and silent auction items while waiting for their opportunity to choose a painting…off the wall.
And these auction items are sure to be quite a treat for the successful bidders.
One package includes: two tickets to a Toronto Maple Leafs game during the 2023-24 season (centre ice – green), dinner for two at the famous Bardi’s Steak House on York Street in Toronto, and a signed Hockey Stick and photo from former Maple Leaf , Ryan O”Reilly. This auction item is valued over $1,000 and along with the signed items to a hockey fan it will be truly invaluable.
An oil painting entitled, “Colourful Huron County Fields” by Carol Finkbeiner Thomas, winner of Paint Ontario 2019, is an auction item that guests will surely be excited to bid on. Measuring 48” x 36” the painting is valued at $2,300.
An oil painting entitled, “Colourful Huron County Fields” by Carol Finkbeiner Thomas, winner of Paint Ontario 2019, is another auction item that guests will surely be excited to bid on. Measuring 48” x 36” the painting is valued at $2,300.
Other bidding opportunities will include a Chef’s Table private dinner for six at the Little Inn of Bayfield; a Hauser outdoor lantern and side table; a Kids Craft Party for six from Crichet Handmade Designs, on Catherine Street in the village; as well as gift baskets from Bayfield merchants.
There are three ticket types available for purchase: Golden Ticket, Art Lovers Ticket and Social Butterfly Ticket.
The one and only Golden Ticket is $500 and gives two guests “front of the line” access to choose their painting first from all the works available.
The cost of the Art Lovers Ticket has been set at $175 for two guests and includes one painting. They will have the opportunity to pick a single painting from the wall when their ticket is drawn at random.
Social Butterfly Tickets are available for $45 each. These tickets are for those guests who want to experience all the evening has to offer, including the food, beverages and bidding on the auction items but without the art to take home.
To purchase tickets for the BCA Off the Wall fundraising event please visit: Year of Land or Lakes Tickets.
The premier sponsor for this event is Diane Snell of Royal LePage Heartland Realty.
BAYFIELD’S FORGOTTEN FELINES CREATES DEDICATED FACEBOOK PAGE FOR ADOPTIONS
Molly and her Moppets. (Submitted photo)
Every week the volunteers at Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines encounter seemingly unimaginable challenges in protecting the cats and kittens that come into their care, one such feline family is the focus of Adopt a BFF this week.
Molly, who is practically a kitten herself, and her three little moppets were found when someone was digging a trench. Molly was scared off but her kittens were taken in and fed. People worked for three days to find Molly and her barely three week old babies were bottle-fed until that time. Once Molly was trapped she was reunited with the kittens and then they were all brought into the Rescue. One of the kittens was incredibly underweight and undersized and it turned out that two of the kittens had Bot Flies that had to be removed. These kittens are now healing, and volunteers are hopeful that they continue to do so and begin to thrive.
Anyone interested in adopting Molly or her moppets are asked to reach out to BFF through Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BFF now has a new Facebook group dedicated to adoptions known as “Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines ADOPTION Group”.
“We are working on having all of our adoptable cats and kittens in one place. You can browse easily to find your fur baby,” said Deb Penhale, representing the Rescue. “We will still have our original Facebook page with lots of helpful information, interesting articles and some just plain adorable cat stuff.”
In addition to accepting monetary donations, BFF now has an Amazon wish list. This list contains items they need for the day-to-day care of their cats and kittens as well as some truly “wish” items. Items are marked as to their priority, number needed, and many explain what their use will be. There is a wide variety of prices and BFF appreciates whatever you can supply. Items need not be purchased through Amazon, the list is merely a guideline.
To view the items on the list please visit: BFF Wish List.
Financial donations may also be sent via E-transfer to the email listed above or mailed to P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. The adoption fee is $250. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Adoption inquiries may also be made to the BFF’s email address above.
After the parade on Saturday, Aug. 19, people are invited to the Bayfield Artist Guild’s 6th Annual Art Show and Sale. Members will be set up on the lawn of 52 Colina Street which is located opposite Pioneer Park. Paintings, drawings, photography and greeting cards will be available for purchase from noon to 3 p.m. Please note that the method of payment is the decision of each artist. (Submitted photo)