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