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  1. 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.

  2. 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. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  3. Downtown Fergus gets into the spirit of things

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    BOO!!  Ah! Don’t be scared, the Halloween Haunt Street Walk brings the fun of Halloween out in to the daylight and invites kids of all ages to head to downtown Fergus for a frightfully fun time! There will be witches, ghosts and spooky creatures amongst us, wondering in the shops, creeping through the streets and possibly checking out books at the public library too, (because even ghosts like a good ghost story).

    The Halloween Haunt Street Walk invites trick-or-treaters to roam through Downtown Fergus on Saturday, October 27 between 10am – 12pm.

     

     

     

     

    It’s all about the spirit – or spirits – of Halloween brought to you by the Fergus BIA. Get your costume on and head to Downtown Fergus, where participating shops will open their doors and welcome in little monsters, princesses and super heroes too (and even their parents), to enjoy sweet treats and enjoy some Halloween fun!

    Follow the balloons for stores ready to greet the trick-or-treaters. Along the way be on the look-out for these Halloween Haunt Street Walk events:

    • Wicked Witches
    • Animal balloons
    • Live outdoor music
    • Face painting
    • Sweeties
    • Haunted House
    • Custom removable tattoos
    • Fright Bike Rodeo
    • Apple bobbing
    • Cookie decorating
    • Haunted Alley

    The Halloween Haunt Street Walk is geared for younger children and is all about family-friendly fun. So bring the little monsters and wander about our historic downtown. We’re sure you’ll have a Spooktacular time!

  4. The Elora Fergus Studio Tour

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    The Elora Fergus Studio Tour.

    Inspiration behind every door.

     

    Take the day. Take the weekend. Hey, take two!  Because exploring the Elora Fergus Studio is a true highlight to the fall season around here. It’s like a “Choose Your Own Adventure” for grown-ups!  So grab your map, mark your route and head out to explore some of the finest artists in and around Fergus and Elora.

    The Elora Fergus Studio Tour is a free self-guided tour that welcomes you into the workshops of local artisans. See art in various stages of creation, including pieces that are not always shown in gallery settings. Meet the makers. See unique creations. Ask questions. Get inspired.

    Here’s just a few of the fine art mediums you’ll find on the tour:

    • Watercolours
    • Photography
    • Sculpture
    • Stained Glass
    • Jewelry
    • Pottery
    • Weaving
    • Encaustic
    • Glass
    • Mixed media
    • Blown glass
    • Painting
    • Collage
    • Wood turning

     

    Let’s face it, we’re all curious about creative spaces where artists make their art, because we are all curious about the process, the tools and the inspiration.  Now’s your chance to find out about it all.

    Start your tour at the Elora Centre for the Arts, a heritage building lovingly restored as a creative arts hub in the community.  Here you’ll find:

    The Elora Centre for the Arts will host an opening reception for the Elora Fergus Studio Tour  on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 7pm to 9pm in the Minarovich Gallery. This free exhibit will be on display through to Sept. 30, 2018.

    So many artists. So much time. Two weekends. 40 stops. Choose your inspiration.

    Studios are open from 10am to 5pm – September 22 & 23/ September 29 & 30.

     

  5. The 182nd annual Fergus Fall Fair

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    The 182nd annual Fergus Fall Fair is this weekend celebrating our “Country Roots.”

    September 14, 15 and 16.

    Come on and get your country on!

    Sure, most people come to Fergus to see the beauty of the Grand River, our beautiful historic downtown or the many events that have put our community on the map, but one thing we really have to be proud of here are our “Country Roots.”  It’s what started this community and it’s what feeds us today.

    That’s why we hope everyone gets to the 182nd annual Fergus Fall Fair.

     

     

    You don’t have to be from here to feel welcome at this community tradition because that’s the whole point. Here we celebrate the farmers who feed us, the next generation learning the value of working the land and the growing importance of agriculture in our changing world.

    As progress and growth changes the landscape, we know that agriculture is the bedrock of our community and we are thrilled to see the Fergus Fall Fair thrive without losing the charm that is the 182 years of tradition and a heritage worth saving.

    Get out of the city and get back to your country roots.

     

    Here’s our pick for the things you absolutely must do to get a real Fergus Fall Fair experience:

    1. Walk around the animal rings and watch the 4-H youth prepare their animals for the show ring, because any kid who never got to spend time on a farm really needs to watch the work it takes to get a cow ready for the big event. Hair dryers, colour sprays, clippers – the beauty of a fall fair is there is no behind-the-scenes. It’s all about the work and the care that goes into it.

     

    2. Cheer on the 4-H youth as they compete in the show ring with their farm animals, like the dairy competition or the sheep show. You will begin to appreciate the hours and hours of chores, animal care and dedication it takes to get these animals show ready. Plus, watch the work it takes to walk a cow into a ring and ask it stand still! We’re totally fascinated by watching these young people work so hard. It’s serious business.

     

    3. Don’t chicken out. Tour the barns and check out the birds. Seriously, everybody gets a real kick out of this. Up close and personal with some of the most beautiful chickens, ducks, geese and more. It will make you appreciate all the variations of birds and what it takes to keep them healthy

     

    4. The Midway, because whether you ride a vomit-comet or just laugh at those who do, there is something so nostalgic about the sights and lights of the midway as the September sun sets.

     

     

    5. Pies. Crafts. Cooking. Admit it, you want to see who won. And for those of us who have no idea how to bake, sew or glue anything to anything, this is impressive.

    6. Four words: Farmer Olympics/Redneck Games. Tell us the curiosity of just exactly what that entails isn’t enough to inspire you check it out.

    7. Truck pulls. We have no idea why these are so awesome, but there is something about them that brings us back every year. It’s exciting and we have no idea why.

     

     

    8. The Extreme Bike Show is fun to watch. And then to realize that you probably shouldn’t try anything you saw at home.

     

     

    9. Horses. And more horses. Because, they’re horses.

     

     

    10. Eat a candy apple and cotton candy while you enjoy the live music, because a sugar rush AND live music? Right?!

     

    It doesn’t matter how old you are, where you’re from or whether you know a Holstein from a Limousin, (those are cow breeds, folks), we are sure you’ll find the Fergus Fall Fair a jam-packed weekend of fun for the whole family.

    Come celebrate our “Country Roots” – see where we come from and where we’re going at the 182nd Fergus Fall Fair.

  6. 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.

  7. Twilight at Templin

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    This is a free family-friendly musical event that takes place in downtown Fergus in the beautiful grounds of Templin Gardens on Wednesday evenings from 7-9 pm during the months of July and August.

    The performances will be on:
    July 4, 11, 18, 25 and
    August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.

    Twilight at Templin includes a marketplace featuring items from local artisans, as well as food and beverages from local cafes and restaurants.

    Each evening will conclude with a Piper playing from the limestone stairs in Templin Gardens that lead down to the water, illuminated with candles, for a fitting finale.

    Templin Gardens is located in downtown Fergus, part of the newly developed Riverwalk alongside the rushing waters of the Grand River.

    This event will run rain or shine. Dress for the weather and prepare to enjoy a wonderful night with friends. 

  8. Twilight at Templin

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    This is a free family-friendly musical event that takes place in downtown Fergus in the beautiful grounds of Templin Gardens on Wednesday evenings from 7-9 pm during the months of July and August.

    The performances will be on:
    July 4, 11, 18, 25 and
    August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.

    Twilight at Templin includes a marketplace featuring items from local artisans, as well as food and beverages from local cafes and restaurants.

    Each evening will conclude with a Piper playing from the limestone stairs in Templin Gardens that lead down to the water, illuminated with candles, for a fitting finale.

    Templin Gardens is located in downtown Fergus, part of the newly developed Riverwalk alongside the rushing waters of the Grand River.

    This event will run rain or shine. Dress for the weather and prepare to enjoy a wonderful night with friends. 

  9. Twilight at Templin

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    This is a free family-friendly musical event that takes place in downtown Fergus in the beautiful grounds of Templin Gardens on Wednesday evenings from 7-9 pm during the months of July and August.

    The performances will be on:
    July 4, 11, 18, 25 and
    August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.

    Twilight at Templin includes a marketplace featuring items from local artisans, as well as food and beverages from local cafes and restaurants.

    Each evening will conclude with a Piper playing from the limestone stairs in Templin Gardens that lead down to the water, illuminated with candles, for a fitting finale.

    Templin Gardens is located in downtown Fergus, part of the newly developed Riverwalk alongside the rushing waters of the Grand River.

    This event will run rain or shine. Dress for the weather and prepare to enjoy a wonderful night with friends. 

  10. 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!

     

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