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  1. Riverfest Elora 2018

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    A unique town deserves a unique music festival.  There is only music festival like this.

    Riverfest Elora 2018 will be held in Bissell Park on Friday, August 17, Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19. Don’t miss your chance to dance down by the river.

    Get ready for three days of art, food trucks, arts and craft vendors, community and of course, music! Celebrating ten years of the little music festival that grew to attract major headliners, this year promises to be spectacular.

    Where else can you see a line-up like The Flaming Lips, Carly Rae-Jepsen, Blue Rodeo and July Talk – just to name a few?

    Seriously. Check this out: Riverfest Elora 2018.

     

     

     

     

  2. Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games

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    Aye, can you hear the pipes calling you back?  Haste ye back to the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games!

    They say it’s like visiting Scotland, without the airfare. We think they’re right.  So pack your bags, your kilts and your Scottish pride (hey, you can even borrow it – be a Scots for a day!) and come to one of the best festivals in the province.

    The Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games is a true celebration of Scottish culture, in the spirit of promoting and preserving the cultural heritage, from the arts and ancestry to the traditional competitions of sport.  For the town of Fergus, rooted in Scottish history, this event is a source of great pride for the community, volunteers and organizers.

    And it’s party to be had!  With a full line-up of music performances, dance and pipe band competitions, the traditional Tattoo and even some celebrity guests, we like to think of it as “Scotland without the jet lag.”

    So get your tartan on and meet us there!

     

  3. Industry Day at Grand River Raceway

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    Don’t miss the marquee event of Grand River Raceway‘s race season:
    Industry Day 2018

    The annual event is a celebration of racing, highlighted by two major races – The Battle of Waterloo is the signature race, featuring Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing colts, and the Battle of the Belles is Grand River Raceway’s companion race, contested by Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing fillies.

    Another exciting race is the Ontario Sires Stakes event for three-year-old filly pacers in the Grassroots Series.

    But there’s more to the day, so bring the family along for an afternoon at the races:

    • Admission is free. Parking is too!
    • Kid-friendly activities from Noon to 4pm. There is plenty for the kids to do and they are permitted throughout the grounds, except in the Elements Casino
    • The day features 12 Races. Post time for Race 1 is 12:30pm
    • To participate in prize draws, a program ballot is required. They are available on-site on race day.
    • Hop on the free people-mover anytime between noon – 5pm. It can take you around the backstretch to enjoy the view.

    Come out and enjoy a beautiful day at the prettiest track in Ontario and take in the sights and sounds. Expect an experience!

     

     

     

  4. Centre Wellington Derby Nights

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    Locals love harness racing and we hope you will too.

    Come catch the action at this year’s newest series of races – Centre Wellington Derby Nights!

    A trio of Friday race nights at Grand River Raceway will celebrate our unique community, featuring a race named exclusively for Township of Centre Wellington residents and offering $1,000 in cash prizes.

    Plus for everyone:
    • BBQ specials ($2 hamburgers & hotdogs, $1 pop)
    • Drive a racehorse with the Hands On Horses Program (30 spots)
    • 10 races including Racing Under Saddle with RUS Ontario
    • Kids’ activities and barn tour in The NEIGHbourhood

    Admission and parking are always free.

    N0B vs. N1M in the Centre Wellington Derby:

    This summer, the residents of Centre Wellington will head to the track, bearing their postal codes with pride as they compete for $3,000 in prizes and bragging rights as the champions of Centre Wellington Derby NightsPresent your proof of residence at the Registration Table between 5:30 – 7:30.

    The track will host a trio of these events: June 29, July 27 and August 31. The feature race of each evening will be designated as the Centre Wellington Derby and the eight horses in the race will be randomly assigned to a postal code (N1M or N0B). The Centre Wellingtonians representing each postal code are registered for a draw following the race where 10 residents representing the winning horse will share a $1,000 cash prize.

    *Must be 18+. Proof of residency includes photo ID with postal code listed, or photo ID accompanied by addressed letter showing postal code.

    Centre Wellington Derby Nights at Grand River Raceway are presented by the Grand River Agricultural Society.

  5. Elora Festival: A Celebration in Song

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    The sweet sounds of summer rise above the village when the Elora Festival brings the world of music to our door, for three full weeks of world-class performers and performances in a variety of music genres from classical and choral to opera,  jazz and contemporary sounds and so much more. It’s not just a series of concerts – it’s a series of experiences as diverse as the audiences themselves.

    Prepare to be impressed.

  6. Fergus Medieval Faire

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    Fergus Medieval Faire logo

    Armour up! Fergus is about to go Medieval.

     

    Fergus is a beautiful historic town, but it’s about to go MEDIEVAL!

    On Saturday, July 28, the merchants of Downtown Fergus will host the Fergus Medieval Faire, inviting everyone to take a step back in time with a full day of fun. And seriously, who doesn’t want to see a Knight in Shining Armour parade through downtown on his trusted stead Fergus? Sign us up!

     

    Medieval Themed Activities

     

    The Medieval Faire will run from 11am to 6pm and feature an array of hands-on activities, interactive experiences, live Celtic music, specialty foods and more. Best of all – this event is FREE for all. It’s just about having a fun experience in a town that knows how to make an event special for everyone!

    Take part in some Medieval-themed games, or watch archery by professionals who know how to hit the mark. Watch the falcons take flight right over our heads. There is nothing like seeing these beautiful birds spread their wings and dip through the air. Incredible!

    We’re excited for the Medieval re-enactment group. Who doesn’t enjoy the sound of the clash of swords in make-believe battles, or some hand-to-hand combat stunts performed by trained professionals who love to bring history to life. We totally do.

    The Viking encampment sounds intriguing, so we’re keen to explore that. Hope they are ready for questions, ‘cause we’re going to have lots!

     

    Fight the Knight

     

    Gear up the kids for a chance to do battle too in a fun Fight the Knight competition.  For the wee ones, there will be puppet shows and Medieval story telling too. But we’re sure that the sight of horses, knights and fair maidens wandering the street will be enough to amaze them. It doesn’t get more interactive than that!

     

    Iron Forge Masters

     

    We’re stoked to watch the live iron forge masters craft unique metal pieces from the coals of their hot fire. It’s an art form like no other. The armour display will showcase the skill it takes to make these massive pieces. But in a completely different artistic format, textile artists will exhibit their weaving and spinning skills. It’s equally impressive.

     

    Shop in Downtown Fergus

     

    Downtown Fergus is a great place to shop in modern day, so imagine the fun to be had shopping on this historic Medieval Faire event. We’re sure the merchants will get into the spirit of the day and add to the character of the day. Plus, specialty vendors will make for a colourful outdoor marketplace too.

    The fun and frolicking will go on throughout downtown Fergus so be sure to pick up a map of the Medieval Faire Sites & Exhibits at the Welcome Station in front of the Fergus Library.

     

    Medieval Feast

     

    Once you’ve worked up an appetite, put your money on the table, because they’ll be serving up a Medieval Feast at 6pm. We’re sure they aren’t using utensils, so maybe don’t wear a white shirt. (That’s a free tip! You’re welcome.)

     

    Fergus Ghost Walk

     

    And if you are feeling brave, the Fergus Ghost Walk will bring history to life in a whole different way starting at 8pm. Admission fees are available here.

    See you in Downtown Fergus on July 28th!

     

     

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  7. Black Sheep Festival of Contemporary Art

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    Spotted any Black Sheep around Elora lately?

    The Elora Centre for the Arts is bringing a new festival to the village July 7th. Black Sheep Festival of Contemporary Textile Art will feature a curated marketplace highlighting the works of professional textile artists, makers and producers as well as weekend workshops, demonstration tents, a Honky-Tonk community breakfast and live Old-Time music.

    The Community Breakfast starts at 9AM. Festival marketplace opens at 10AM. Admission $8

    Community and art in a village that isn’t sheepish about their love of both!  See you there.

     

  8. Kitras Art Glass

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    Canada’s Largest Hot Glass Studio

     

     

    Like blown glass? This will blow your mind!

     

    When they told us we were going to have the opportunity to make a piece of art using hot glass infused with natural elements from the earth’s floor, we’re not going to lie – we were part excited and part terrified. Have you ever seen just how hot and thick molten glass is when it’s pulled from the fire? Hot. Like, wow that’s so hot.

     

    But it’s not every day you get invited behind the scenes of Canada’s largest hot glass studio like Kitras Art Glass, with an extensive warehouse facility, where several glassblowing artists are performing their skill and crafting awesome objects beside giant furnaces (layman’s terms) all at the same time.

     

    It’s a visceral experience. The smell of the fire, the heat of the space, the incredible sight of the orange fire, and then seeing a hot, glowing glob of thick molten liquid transform into shape, becoming something beautiful and delicate right before your eyes. It’s the awe that keeps you wondering, how do they do that? We were about to find out.

     

    Kitras Art Glass: Glass Blowing Workshops

     

    We were part of a tour of people who had never been behind the scenes of Kitras Art Glass. We were trying out one of their new workshops for small groups that allowed us to create our own square glass piece, using a molded form. The final product would be a decorative piece, something to place on a table or book shelf. In our case, our memento now sits on our desk as a reminder of the experience of being creative in an artform we could never have appreciated until we experience it. And it’s not just about the finished product. It’s the memory. It’s the story we tell about how this piece of ours came to be.

     

    Each of us were asked to select from a tray of natural items: leaves of various shapes and sizes, pine needles, etc.  We would place the pieces in the mold and then the fearless, well-trained, totally safe artist with the biggest oven mitts you’ve ever seen would come along and, with our support (meaning he guided us so we were as safe as possible), he poured hot glass into our mold. The natural leaves and pine needles would burn, leaving behind what would become basically a glass fossil. It was beautiful.  The artist let the mold sit on a sand tray until it cooled.

     

    Masters of Their Craft

     

    Meanwhile, all around us, blown glass pieces are being crafted for customers of Kitras Art Glass. We watched as the hot globs appeared like giant tear drops hanging from the edge of a long metal pipe. Then the artist would blow on the end of the pipe, turning it slowly, and the glass at the other end would expand, slowly and steadily, until it was a globe shape. The glass was then rolled along a small metal table to ensure a balance of shape. Precision and patience. It’s really amazing to watch.

     

    Once satisfied, the artist would roll the globe over shards of broken colour glass, lined up in specific colour formations. It would be fired again, expanding and shaping the colour into amazing bursts of bold colours and soft accents, and then shaped with metal instruments into these spectacular, finished pieces. The artist would use giant pliers to cut the glass from the metal pipe, twisting the final thick end of hot glass into a handle. Every piece different. Every piece perfect in its own way. It was impossible not to be impressed. Also, it was impossible not to ask a lot of really silly questions, which, by the way, the artists love because, let’s face it, if you are this good at creating art with glass – you love what you do. It shows. In every piece, by every artist.

     

                 

     

     

    Have you ever seen a piece of Kitras Art Glass? We bet you have. In fact, now that you know the name, you’ll start to see it in gift shops, specialty boutiques, art retailers and of course, right here in Fergus.

     

    We’d like to point out that you’ll see samples of Kitras Art Glass in lots of places around town, like in the windows of family homes as you pass by, but some of our favourite sights are the glass décor you’ll find in gardens throughout town, where green thumbs take the naturally beauty of the garden and embellish it with the artistic flare of giant glass spiraled globes, or the round discs that catch the sunlight, or the colourful glass toadstools and solar light fixtures. Also look up, in the trees. Nobody makes a bird feeder as beautiful as Kitras does. Ask a Hummingbird!

     

     

     

    You’ve never seen anything quite like this.

     

    Around here, this family-run enterprise is legendary for being an artistic, creative business that has literally put our community on the map. Now celebrating 30 years, their success has gone far beyond our hometown. Distributing their beautiful glass pieces from to boutiques, shops and galleries from coast to coast across our home and native land, and shipping them southbound to our American neighbours, when people think glass – they think Kitras – they think Fergus.  We’re okay with that.

     

    You don’t have to take a workshop to experience this special place. The Kitras Art Glass showroom is a spectacle of colour and light and seriously worth the effort to stop by. Treasure seekers will enjoy this. Art lovers will appreciate it. Shoppers will be excited. And those curious to experience art, not just appreciate it – will marvel at the variety of products. From gift giving, to special occasions, home and garden décor to special keepsakes, there are no two pieces the same. It’s special. It’s unique. And it’s beautiful.

     

    We’re totally thinking we want to be professional glass blowers in our next career. It could happen. Until then, we’ll just shop here and impress people with awesome gifts.

     

    Check out the courses or book a tour for a group of your friends. And if you just want to shop, that’s okay too. You’ll find all the details on their website.

     

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  9. Centre Wellington Derby Nights

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    Locals love harness racing and we hope you will too.

    Come catch the action at this year’s newest series of races – Centre Wellington Derby Nights!

    A trio of Friday race nights at Grand River Raceway will celebrate our unique community, featuring a race named exclusively for Township of Centre Wellington residents and offering $1,000 in cash prizes.

    Plus for everyone:
    • BBQ specials ($2 hamburgers & hotdogs, $1 pop)
    • Drive a racehorse with the Hands On Horses Program (30 spots)
    • 10 races including Racing Under Saddle with RUS Ontario
    • Kids’ activities and barn tour in The NEIGHbourhood

    Admission and parking are always free.

    N0B vs. N1M in the Centre Wellington Derby:

    This summer, the residents of Centre Wellington will head to the track, bearing their postal codes with pride as they compete for $3,000 in prizes and bragging rights as the champions of Centre Wellington Derby NightsPresent your proof of residence at the Registration Table between 5:30 – 7:30.

    The track will host a trio of these events: June 29, July 27 and August 31. The feature race of each evening will be designated as the Centre Wellington Derby and the eight horses in the race will be randomly assigned to a postal code (N1M or N0B). The Centre Wellingtonians representing each postal code are registered for a draw following the race where 10 residents representing the winning horse will share a $1,000 cash prize.

    *Must be 18+. Proof of residency includes photo ID with postal code listed, or photo ID accompanied by addressed letter showing postal code.

    Centre Wellington Derby Nights at Grand River Raceway are presented by the Grand River Agricultural Society.

  10. Doors Open Fergus Elora

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    Knock, knock. Who’s there?

    YOU ARE!

    Welcome to Doors Open Fergus Elora 

    We’re opening the doors to some of the coolest sites in Fergus and Elora. With 10 locations on the self-guided tour, each with their own unique history and experiences to be had, plus more than a few with local tales of great woman who have helped shape our nation’s history, you’ll be inspired by new experiences and a peak behind the scenes.

    Coordinated by the Township of Centre Wellington in association with Heritage Centre Wellington, the Wellington County Museum and Archives and Ontario Heritage Trust, Doors Open is a celebration of our community’s heritage.  It is part of the provincial Doors Open events that take place across Ontario from April to October each year.

     

     

     

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