Five things to check out at Vir­gil Stam­pede

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - Local - MELINDA CHEEVERS

The un­of­fi­cial start to sum­mer re­turns this week­end as the Vir­gil Stam­pede rolls into Ni­a­garaon-the-Lake. The 52nd an­nual event, put on by the Vir­gil Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion, will take place at Vir­gil Sports Park over three days, Satur­day to Mon­day.

Here’s a run­down of five things you won’t want to miss at this year’s stam­pede.

De­mo­li­tion derby: It’ll be a smashin’ and crashin’ good time when Thrill Show Pro­duc­tions brings its de­mo­li­tion derby to the stam­pede. This wild ride gets un­der­way Satur­day, with three pop­u­lar events: full-sized straight stock, mini smash and a four-cylinder fig­ure-8 race. The show starts at 4 p.m.

Rides: With fer­ris wheels and bumper cars, the Scram­bler and mazes, noth­ing says sum­mer quite like a mid­way. Home­niuk Rides brings its fam­ily-ori­ented mid­way amuse­ments back to Vir­gil for three days of fun. Be­sides the rides, there will also be games and fes­ti­val fare like fresh lemon­ade and cot­ton candy.

Ven­dor mar­ket: Mak­ing its de­but at the stam­pede is the ven­dor mar­ket, which will be out­side (weather de­pen­dent) or in­side Merid­ian Arena in the case of a poor fore­cast. More than 40 ven­dors will be on hand, of­fer­ing up some­thing for ev­ery­one — all week­end long.

Minia­ture horse show: Show horses re­turned to the stam­pede last year af­ter an ab­sence of nearly two decades, and they’ll be back again this year. Minia­ture horses will be on full dis­play dur­ing the show on Mon­day, with an ex­pected 30 to 40 horses join­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

Fire­works: What bet­ter way to cap off the long week­end than with a light show in the sky. The fire­work dis­play on Vic­to­ria Day is a crowd favourite and a tra­di­tion dat­ing back more than 50 years. The fire­works wrap up the stam­pede, be­gin­ning about 9:30 p.m.

For a full sched­ule of events and more in­for­ma­tion, visit vir­gilstam­pede.com.

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The Vir­gil Stam­pede re­turns this week­end, run­ning Satur­day to Mon­day. Here’s a run­down of things you won't want to miss.

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