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  1. Grand River Raceway season opens June 5

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    And they’re off!

    Grand River Raceway’s 16th race season kicks off Wednesday, June 5 at 6:30 pm.

    Opening night’s race card also includes four Grassroots divisions of the Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts.

    Fun & Frivolity Friday Race Night returns this year with the fan-favourite Drive A Racehorse event included most Friday race nights. Guests of all ages can sign-up the night-of at the Tarmac Booth to experience the thrill of driving a racehorse (accompanied by a professional) on the racetrack.

    All Fun & Frivolity Friday Race Nights also include an extended Tarmac Show between the races and The NEIGHbourhood kids’ activity area in the new Homestretch Tent.

    Visitors to Grand River Raceway will notice some changes to the facility as Elements Casino undergoes renovations. The Guest Care Counter, as well as betting windows and TV monitors for viewing the races, have been temporarily relocated to the new 3,200 sq. ft. First Turn Tent, located beside the Lighthouse Restaurant. During this time, temporary signage and site maps have been installed to help guests find their way around the facility.

    Live harness racing is featured on most Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights from June 5 through September 27. Details about dinner reservations for the $20.99 Race Night Buffet can be found online.

    Other special racing events include the fifth annual Ren’s Pets Wiener Dog Races (July 5) and the 29th Industry Day horse racing celebration featuring the Battle Of Waterloo (August 5).

    Grand River Raceway’s 10-race program for June 5 will be available here (by June 3) and streaming video will be available starting at 6:00 p.m. Parking and admission are always free.

    Photo credit:Grand River Raceway (Dave Landry Photo)

     

  2. The Best of Five Years: A Musical Cabaret & Dinner

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    There’s no murder (or mystery) but this cabaret show and dinner will commemorate the 5th anniversary of our killer Musical Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre productions. Enjoy your favourite songs and performances from past Musical Murder Mystery shows, including hits from Elvis, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, and many more.

  3. The Best of Five Years: A Musical Cabaret & Dinner

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    There’s no murder (or mystery) but this cabaret show and dinner will commemorate the 5th anniversary of our killer Musical Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre productions. Enjoy your favourite songs and performances from past Musical Murder Mystery shows, including hits from Elvis, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, and many more.

  4. The Best of Five Years: A Musical Cabaret & Dinner

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    There’s no murder (or mystery) but this cabaret show and dinner will commemorate the 5th anniversary of our killer Musical Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre productions. Enjoy your favourite songs and performances from past Musical Murder Mystery shows, including hits from Elvis, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, and many more.

  5. The Best of Five Years: A Musical Cabaret & Dinner

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    There’s no murder (or mystery) but this cabaret show and dinner will commemorate the 5th anniversary of our killer Musical Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre productions. Enjoy your favourite songs and performances from past Musical Murder Mystery shows, including hits from Elvis, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, and many more.

  6. The Grand Craft & Gift Market

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    • New show floor in the same great location (now held in the Lighthouse at Grand River Raceway – located beside the main building)

    • 70+ vendors

    • Free admission & parking

    FEATURING:

    • Free cloth shopping bags & $10 slots voucher for first 50 shoppers (19+) at 11:00am

    • Win a Gift Basket valued at $200

    • Spot prizes of $15 in Show Bucks awarded every 30 minutes

    • Quick Eats & Mimosas available on the show floor

    • Sunday Brunch 11:30 – 3:00 in Getaway Restaurant

  7. We Remember

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    November 11thRemembrance Day is honoured in many ways locally each year and if you find yourself in Fergus or Elora over this weekend, we invite you to take part in our many events.

     

     

     

    Without a doubt, the most spectacular display to honour our fallen takes place on front lawn of the Wellington County Museum and Archives.  In partnership with our local Legions, we honour the 526 fallen from Wellington County. Those who died in the First World War, World War Two, Korea and Afghanistan are remembered with a marker on the front lawn.

    This informal and poignant tribute takes place at dusk on November 10, (5:30pm) and the candles will remain lit until November 12. Candles are provided by the Museum and everyone is encouraged to attend.

     

    Listen for the pipes

    Early on Sunday, November 11th,  members of the Fergus Pipe Band will be taking part in the 100th Anniversary of Armistice by performing at the Fergus Legion.

    At 6am pipers will perform the piece Battle’s O’er to commemorate the end of World War One and pay tribute our fallen. All our welcome to start the morning of Remembrance with this important event.

     

     

    Remembrance Day Services

    Elora – Remembrance parade Nov. 11 starting at 11am, followed by a ceremony at the cenotaph in front of our municipal offices.

    Fergus – Remembrance parade Nov. 11 starting at 10:30am, followed by a cenotaph service.

    Salem – Remembrance parade, Nov. 11, starting  at 9:30am; with a service at the cenotaph.

     

     

     

     

    Bells of Peace

    This Remembrance Day marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

    On Nov. 11 1918, after four long years, the guns had fallen silent. In their place, across Canada church bells rang out to share the news that the Great War, regarded at the time as “the war to end all wars,” was finally over.

    To commemorate the occasion, The Royal Canadian Legion, in partnership with the Government of Canada, is encouraging all communities across the country to participate in the Bells of Peace initiative.

     

     

     

     

    Elora – Knox Presbyterian Church will ring its bell on Nov. 11 at dusk.

    The Legion is awaiting confirmation from other churches in Elora.

    Fergus – The Fergus Legion will ring the bell from the WWII corvette HMCS Fergus, usually on display in the club hall, in front of the Legion at 5pm on Nov. 11.

    St. James Anglican Church will also ring their bells.

    We invite you to join us as we gather to remember. #LestWeForget

     

    Photo credit to Bill Longshaw and Olivia Rutt.

  8. The Monster March

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    Gather all ye MONSTERS!

    It’s Monster Month in Elora and everyone – and we do mean EVERYONE – is invited to join in this awesome Halloween tradition!

    The Monster March is a family-friendly, all about the fun, non-motorized parade through the core of downtown Elora.

    No matter the weather, the spirits will gather and the Monsters will roam the streets for a celebration of the best holiday on the social calendar!

    Dress up the kids! Dress up the adults! And hey, don’t forget your four-legged creatures too!

    But do take note – This year’s parade has a new start location because there will be some cool new additions to this year’s fun!

    Get your friends together and meet up at the location of One Axe Pursuits (24 Henderson Street) – where surprises will await the crowd!

    Then follow the pack as the Monster March winds its way through downtown Elora and heading to Bissell Park.

    Show off your costume in the Twilight Zoo Zone plus enjoy free hot chocolate, cider, popcorn & fruit treats at the Bissell Park Shelter.

    Please bring non-perishable food or cash donations for the Centre Wellington Foodbank to the Elora Library where they will be collected by volunteers from the Tutu In You youth group.

  9. Leave the city behind.

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    You don’t have to travel hours north for spectacular autumn views. We have them too! Visit Elora and Fergus.

     

     

    Autumn leaves. Elora Gorge. Grand River. Belwood Lake. Elora Cataract Trail. Shops. Great restaurants and pubs. Scenic views.
    Maybe you’ve seen it all before, but have you seen it in October? It’s awesome.

    The fall colours are ever-changing, accenting our spectacular natural vistas with bright colours of reds, oranges and yellows as the Grand River ripples throughout the heart of Elora and Fergus, flowing out of Belwood Lake and the Shand Dam, making for picturesque views as it winds through the high limestone cliffs and forested edge of the Elora Gorge.

     

     

     

     

    Whether you want to immerse yourself in nature and capture it all with your lens, or you’d prefer to take it all in from a pub or a café, or you just want to spend a day with friends shopping and touring two of the prettiest towns in southern Ontario – you’ll love the view here.

     

    We asked some locals what makes the fall season special in Fergus and Elora. Here’s what they had to say:

    “OMG everything? Every walk is absolutely gorgeous with autumn leaves. The Elora Farmers’ Markets are also full of amazing food.” – Kate G.

    “Biking on the trails, just like in every season, but in fall, it’s particularly beautiful to tour these trails.” – Brian C.

    “Monster Month! Keeping Halloween real in Elora. And fall is beautiful here. We love taking walks along the Gorge, through the trees.” – Chris M.

     

    Might we suggest a few awesome ways to get all your autumn feels in here:

     

    • Bring your bike, or grab your hiking boots, or hey, walk the dog along the Elora Cataract Trail. You can journey from the shores of Belwood Lake and the heights of the Shand Dam all the way Fergus, Elora and beyond. Clear, clean and peaceful trails surrounded by nature. Through forests, farms and two beautiful towns, you’ll get away but still be near.
    • Explore the Elora Gorge without even leaving the village of Elora. Just follow the signs for the best views. And don’t be shy! Ask a local. They know the best spots.
    • Check out the view of the Grand River in downtown Fergus. The walking Milligan Footbridge offers a beautiful view in either direction.
    • Watch out for Monsters! Don’t worry, they won’t bite. Look around Elora for these freaky, spooky hand-crafted monsters by renowned Elora artist Tim Murton, part of his Twilight Zoo creations and the inspiration for Monster Month, celebrated each October with great enthusiasm in Elora. We choose to put the fun into Halloween, rather than the fear. Bring the kids and find your spirit too!
    • Shop our two historic downtowns for unique treasures with friendly service, not because we have to be nice, but because we just genuinely are friendly folk.
    • Pubs, restaurants, drinking establishments (because it sounds way classier than ‘bars’ and we are quite classy here) and let’s not forget Elora’s own brewery. Cheers to you, autumn!
    • Find your way to the Trestle Bridge, part of the Aboyne Trail adjacent to the Wellington County Museum and Archives for an incredible view of the Grand River and the colours of the season. Tucked in between Elora and Fergus, the views in every direction make this is a destination spot.
    • Make your Saturday morning complete with a trip to the Elora Farmers’ Market to enjoy seasonal bounty of harvest season.

     

     

     

    Come enjoy the sweater weather with us! And be sure to share your adventures with us on Instagram @visitelorafergus @bythegrand #visitelorafergus #bythegrand. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  10. Thanksgiving in Sensational Elora

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    The best weekend of the fall season is here and the best place to be? Also here. Right here, in Elora. Why? Because it’s sensational!

    This long weekend boasts many fine traditions for friends and family to gather and celebrate the harvest.  In our community’s social calendar, it brings two of our favourite fall events – and we’d love for you to join us!

     

    WHO DOESN’T LOVE PUMPKINS?

     

    Sensational Pumpkin Day is a FREE family event held in Elora’s Bissell Park, at the Elora Farmers’ Market. The event is all about celebrating the end of the harvest season with all kinds of fun, interactive activities for all ages.  Bring the family and get ready for some fun!

    • Prizes for best carved/decorated pumpkins (lots of pumpkins on site!)
    • Giant pumpkin carving demonstrations – to be raffled
    • Mapleton’s Organic Dairy pumpkin ice cream
    • Face painting, Highland dance demonstrations, Zumba
    • A bouncy castle
    • Music with Juneyt

    PLEASE bring a donation of a non-perishable food donation for the Centre Wellington Food Bank too!

     

     

    SENSATIONAL SOUP-OFF

     

    Soup’s on!  Get ready to slurp up some hot, delicious and creative soups for the annual Sensational Soup-off and Empty Bowls event, a yummy Thanksgiving weekend tradition.

    Held at the Wellington County Museum and Archives, in the Aboyne Hall, the event invites local soup-makers to stir it up for a good cause. From professional Chefs with delectable skills to amateur foodie enthusiasts, including some award-winning youth entries, with homemade recipes that are tried and true, they’ll face off in a bowl-to-bowl competition – and best of all, you get to be the judge!

    Your ticket allows you to sample from this amazing buffet of soups made with local and sustainable food.  Your vote dictates the winner!

    Tickets:
    $15 Adults
    $5  Children
    $35 Family
    $25 Bowl

    All proceeds from this event go to support the Centre Wellington Food Bank and Centre Wellington District High School‘s Breakfast Program.

     

     

    For more information visit Sensational Elora.

     

     

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