WINCHESTER – It’s a summer staple in the village, and it makes a return this weekend.
Though reduced to one day only this year, Sat., Aug. 12’s return date for Dairyfest 2017 packs a considerable punch in terms of an overflowing events schedule.
Features are split between Winchester’s downtown core and the 100 Club Park, as well as other areas of the village.
The day begins early at 6 am with the village firemen’s yearly breakfast, and then shifts to Winchester District Memorial Hospital where the Nation Valley All-Terrain Vehicle Club has partnered with Ride for Dad and local prostate cancer survivors to host a free awareness event.
Dairyfest officially kicks off at 9 am with an opening ceremony at Sweet Corner Park, followed by a variety of other activities downtown, including a Street Market, a dance performance from the KKD Dancers, a fashion show, kids’ events, and much more.
At the 100 Club Park, the Dairy Dash takes off at 8 am and the daylong softball tournament (which actually begins the night before) continues, while tractors will be on display at the Curling Club, and countless other activities will take place both inside and outside the Joel Steele Community Centre.
The Centennial Pool will also be open for swimming, and the day is capped by a featured viewing of The Boss Baby (G) at 8:30 pm, and the newly added GLOW Party gets underway at 9 pm.
As well, while the bulk of this year’s Dairyfest takes place on Aug. 12, the event is book-ended by separate celebrations, starting with Fri., Aug. 11’s special edition of Winchester Open Mic. Doors open at 7 pm at the Old Town Hall, and those taking part are encouraged to attend in their best cowboy or cowgirl outfit.
Attendees will also have a chance to win tickets to Fri., Sept. 15’s Fred Penner show as part of the Ontario Festival of Small Halls.
Sun., Aug. 13, the Highway 43 Car Club hosts its annual show at Winchester BMR. Vehicles of all makes and models will be on display from 10 am to 3pm that day, and donations will be gathered for both Community Food Share and the House of Lazarus.