Unionville, Stouf­fville and Markham, oh my! Old-time fairs and fes­ti­vals abound

Richmond Hill Post - - News -

This sum­mer will have no short­age of fes­ti­vals for the whole fam­ily to en­joy, whether you are into mu­sic, crafts or food. How­ever, be­fore you fill up your week­ends, take no­tice of some of the lo­cal old-time fes­ti­vals that have been around for decades.

The Unionville Fes­ti­val has been around for 44 years. Run­ning from June 6 to 8, the fes­ti­val en­com­passes ev­ery­thing from arts and crafts to a dance party with street food.

“This is the first year the fes­ti­val is go­ing to have a funky 5K run,” says race di­rec­tor Sara Ster­ling. The fundrais­ing run is ex­pect­ing 500 par­tic­i­pants dressed up in ’70s-themed groovy at­tire, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the new chil­dren’s cen­tre at the Markham Stouf­fville Hospi­tal.

Ster­ling at­tends the fes­ti­val ev­ery year and says, “The pa­rade is def­i­nitely my favourite part of the day, and for my kids. There’s a ton of stuff to do and there’s al­ways lots of great food, so come hun­gry.”

Over at the Sut­ton Fair­grounds will be the Scot­tish-themed Ge­orgina Gath­er­ing on June 21.

“His­tor­i­cally, the high­land dancers have been the key, main fo­cus, and just now we are ex­pand­ing into a whole bunch of other ar­eas to make it more of a car­ni­val-type event,” says Robin Kon­stan­topou­los, a spokesper­son for the event.

Once the long weekend rolls around, you can take part in the 30th an­nual Whitchurch-Stouf­fville Straw­berry Fes­ti­val, a tra­di­tional Canada Day fair with roots trac­ing it back to 1884. This year it will be a five-day event from June 27 to 29, with a fire­works dis­play on Canada Day. Ad­mis­sion is free for all at­ten­dees at this event that in­cor­po­rates ev­ery­thing a sum­mer fes­ti­val should have. The kids will have a blast with the car­ni­val games, pony rides and cookie dec­o­rat­ing, and adults can take in the live mu­si­cal per­for­mances by lo­cal talent and stand-up com­edy acts. — Nikki Gill

(L–R) A tug-of-war rages on at the Ge­orgina Gather­ings’ High­land games, and a sassy straw­berry walks the streets of Whitchurch-Stouf­fville

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