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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

     

     

     

     

  3. 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!

     

  4. Tartan up! August 10-12

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    You don’t have to be Scottish to LOVE
    the 73rd Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games.
    August 10-12, 2018

     

    Sure, it helps, but trust us, if you love to celebrate culture, history, food, music, dance, Highland sporting events that you’ll never see at your local soccer field, than do not miss this opportunity to tilt yer kilt!  Besides, when else can you say, “Yer bun’s oot the windae,” and not even raise an eyebrow?  (translation: You’re talking nonsense.).

     

     

     

     

    Well, we’re not talking nonsense – we know you’ll have the best experience when the town of Fergus rolls out the plaid and celebrates its Scottish roots in a way that will make you feel like you’ve stepped out of Ontario and into Scotland for one big party.

     

    Our friend Scott sums it up best: “I am a sucker for the Scottish Festival. I hear the pipes and my chest hair starts growing.” (He isn’t exaggerating, we’ve stood next to him at the Pipes, Plaid and Pageantry Parade).

     

     

     

     

     

    Want to have a wee bit of fun?  Tartan up, dress up your bairn and gather your clan! 

     

    There’s a lot to pack into one weekend, so here is our Top 10 things you must do at this year’s
    Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games:

     

    1. The Pipes Plaid and Pageantry Parade is the ultimate greeting of friends from far and wide, welcoming them to Fergus and to the games. It brings everyone together in the heart of downtown Fergus. It’s a grand welcoming fit for a festival that draws people from around the world.
    2. Outlander fan? Oh yeah, you are! Did you know the author of the Outlander series – Diana Gabaldon–  loves the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games? True fact. So this year, the organizers are bringing actor Graham McTavish, the Scottish actor who brilliantly portrays Dougal MacKenzie to the screen as War Chieftain of Clan MacKenzie.  And if you’ve not caught up on that series (you seriously should), you’ll know Graham from The Hobbit, where he portrays Dwalin.
    3. Let’s go out on the skite! The Highland Pub is the place where friends new and old gather for some amazing music, a few pints and a whole lot of dancing. The acts this year are stellar, but we’re just going to tip you off one of our favourites. Be sure to catch a show with Albannach. They will leave an impression. Enjoy!
    4. We love to shop the well-sourced Vendor Alley. All the Scottish treasures, from unique wares and souvenirs, are perfect for collectors and those who are looking for momentos of the best weekend of summer. But we loosen our kilt button to enjoy the amazing food and there’s loads of it, so feast up and you’ll find the well tidy scran (food tastes delicious) from the Scottish fare to the classic eats of festival goers.
    5. Get to the Friday Night Tattoo. It’s a must. It’s an incredible spectacle of culture, ancestry, music and tradition. It’s a highlight of the weekend, with a moving atmosphere that sets the tone for the festival weekend. It is a grand event for the whole family.
    6. If you’ve never been to the Heavies Competition, plan plenty of time to catch as many events as possible. Until you’ve seen an athlete toss a caber, throw a hammer, or pitch a sheaf toss, you cannot appreciate the strength and skill. But the best part? The competition and heartfelt camaraderie is like no other sporting event you will ever attend. We spend hours each day watching as many events as we can pack in. There is nothing like it.
    7. The Highland Dance competitions are serious business, but so much fun to watch. You’ll have a whole new appreciation for the endurance and tradition of these dancers who come from far and away to compete at one of the most successful Scottish festivals in North America.
    8. Get out and explore downtown Fergus, where the shops, pubs and all points in between are set to make your experience here top notch, with everything from the fun of a true Ceilidh, to roving pipes and drummers through the streets, psychic fairs and Ghost Walks, to pubs showcasing awesome live music – and of course, the restaurants will be serving up delicious menu items to get into the momentum too. Fergus honours its Scottish heritage all year ‘round, but there is no finer time to feel it in the air than the weekend of the Fergus Scottish Festival.
    9. Don’t just watch it all, take part. The Heritage Village is a great interactive area and a place to learn about everything you’re seeing firsthand. Take time and take it all in.
    10. Do not miss the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. Friday night. Main Field. Big stage. Big show. HUGE sound. You will understand why they call it “bagrock.” Worth it. Trust us.

     

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    Whether you come for a day or come for the entire weekend, you’ll enjoy the hospitality when an entire town gets behind the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games to celebrate Scottish culture and history and culture. You’ll feel like, for a time, you were in Scotland – without the jet lag!. (Note: Some of us will experience post-pub lag, which is a totally different thing).

     

    #TartanUP!! 

    We’ll see you there! 

     

     

     

     

     

  5. Elora Festival presents The Shoestring Magic Flute

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    Bring the kids, pack a picnic and introduce them to inspiration of Mozart’s most famous opera!

    This is an ideal introduction to the beauty of this musical art form. Through the power of music and make-believe, Allegra and Papageno embark on a magical adventure of sharing and self-discovery.

    The Wellington County Museum and Archives will open the doors of the Heritage Barn for a special family-friendly production of The Shoestring Magic Flute.

    Free pre-concert activities at 10 am! Bring a picnic lunch, visit the Aboyne Library and at 1 pm tour the Wellington County Museum at no extra cost.

    Tickets are available at: Elora Festival

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

     

     

     

  8. 2018 Canadian National Fly Fishing Championship

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    We’re hooked!

    Throw on the hip-waders and tie one on. Fly Fishing Canada will host the 16th Annual National Championship  in Fergus and Elora, (Centre Wellington) from June 3-8, 2018.

    Test your skills and sportsmanship in search of Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Brook Trout.

    Watercourses include the beautiful Grand River, Conestoga River and the Upper Credit Trout ClubThis is the second time that the Nationals have been held on the Grand and Conestoga Rivers. One cast and you’ll know whyThe Grand and Conestoga rivers are tailwater fisheries, stocked annually each Spring with up to 40,000 Brown Trout, many of which hold over from year to year, producing some of North America’s best trophy brown trout approaching the 30-inch size.

    The Upper Credit Trout Club has operated as a private members’ club for over 40 years. It features a pond large enough to provide beats for rotational bank-fishing, is stocked with trophy Rainbow Trout and Brook Trout.

    We’ll be welcoming competitive anglers from across Canada to compete in the waters that flow through our community, surrounded by beautiful views like limestone cliffs and rocky shore lines, waterfalls and the prettiest towns too.

    Schedule:
    Opening Ceremonies: Sunday June 3, 6pm-9pm
    Official Practice Days: Sunday June 3, Monday June 4
    No-fishing Day: Tuesday June 5. Captain’s meeting, Conservation Symposium
    Competition Dates: Wed June 6 through Friday June 8: 6-session format (one spare session per angler)
    Closing Ceremonies: Friday June 8, 6pm-10pm
    Check-out and Depart: Saturday June 9

    Local Charity Beneficiary of proceeds from silent- and live-auctions, raffles, etc.:
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Centre Wellington (BBBS-CW) https://centrewellington.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/

     

  9. Live racing opens at Grand River Raceway

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    Expect an experience when the live harness racing season returns to Grand River Raceway – one of the BEST tracks in the province of Ontario on Friday, June 1.

    Then plan ahead for live racing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights all summer long!

    • Mondays at 6:30 p.m. from June 4 – September 24
    • Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. from June 6 – September 26
    • Fridays at 6:30 p.m. from June 1 – September 7

    With a race card of between 10 to 12 races, free admission and free parking and lots of fun on the Tarmac Show, it’s fun for the whole family.  And for those over 19th, the OLG Slots are on-site to make for a fun night.

    Enjoy the thrills, the sights and the sounds of live harness racing at Grand River Raceway!

     

    Photo credit: Iron Horse Photography

     

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