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Runners can grant  a wish this coming labor day weekend 

There are just 12 days remaining until Run4Kids 2019, a 5 KM Run/Walk in support of Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario sponsored by the Virtual High School (VHS) with support from the Optimist Club in Bayfield.

30588725868_1df1f88654_kThere are just a few days remaining for people to prepare for the 2019 VHS Run4Kids as race day is Sept. 1. In 2018, the event began with a stretch led by Nicole Rogers, of the YMCA in Goderich. (Photo by David Latour)  

In anticipation of this seventh annual event to be held on Sept. 1 a little Q & A was done with the event organizers:

What is the history of the Run4Kids event?

The Run4Kids 5 KM Run/Walk was started in 2012 to raise funds to support a child undergoing cancer treatment. Staff at VHS were inspired by the story of Will Frassinelli, a VHS student who has been battling brain cancer for over ten years. Encouraged by the generosity of participants in the past Run4Kids events, we have sought out other children’s charities in the Huron County region.

How do you go about selecting a wish child to sponsor?

VHS contacts Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario (SWO) who is responsible for finding a suitable candidate to sponsor. The child is typically from Huron County or a nearby region. This year’s wish child is Jennica, a 16 year-old girl living with a kidney disease. Her wish is to travel to Orlando with her family to her favorite theme park.

What has the reception been like from the community? Does the Run4Kids receive a lot of support?

The success of the event is highly dependent on the support of the community. Each year we receive support from local businesses across the county in the form of food and drinks at the event, raffle prizes or sponsorships. We are always looking for more support in the form of donations or participation from the community. We strive to make every year a greater event than the last and the community support is a chief contributing factor to the event’s success. For anyone interesting in donating they can reach out to or come to the school located at 27 Main St. N, Bayfield, ON.

How did last year's event go?

Last year. we had approximately 120 runners/walkers as well as 35 volunteers helping to make the event a success. Jesse, the 2018 wish child, and his family were ecstatic with the support received and even more excited to receive news of his wish being granted to travel to Costa Rica to go zip-lining, see monkeys, sloths, waterfalls and hot springs.

How much was raised for Make-A-Wish Southwestern last year?

Last year, we were able to raise $12,653 with the support of the community.

How can people register?

People are able to register on Registration will also take place onsite at VHS, 27 Main St. North in Bayfield on Sept. 1st from 7:30-8:55 a.m. before the race.

Where can people go for more information?

For more information on the event please visit or contact the race coordinator, Amanda Zehr at

Woodward's achievements in Geography continue 

image001Andrew Ding and Ben Woodward (right) pose with their individual medals at the 16th International Geography Olympiad. Team Canada placed 17th overall in the competition, out of 43 participating countries. (Submitted photo)  

Despite a few curveballs in the form of a typhoon and ongoing political protests, a group of young Canadian geographers proved themselves to be among the best in the world recently at the 16th International Geography Olympiad in Hong Kong. The competition was held from July 29 to Aug. 5.

Ben Woodward, a seasonal resident of Bayfield and a former Canadian Geographic Challenge Champion, took home a gold medal, placing third in the entire competition — a first for Canada at iGeo — while newcomer Andrew Ding, of Mississauga, ON, claimed a silver medal, one of only 29 awarded to iGeo participants.

Woodward, Ding, and teammates Jake Douglas of Peterborough, ON and Jerry Sun of Burnaby, B.C., also won gold in the poster competition for their project on sustainability measures in the Greater Toronto Area. The team placed 17th overall, with Indonesia, the United States and the United Kingdom taking the top spots.

This is the second time that Canadian high school students have competed at iGeo. Last year, the Olympiad was held at Université Laval in Quebec City and Team Canada took home five medals. Woodward was also a member of Team Canada in 2018 and took home a bronze medal. This year saw more than 160 students from 43 different countries vie for geography glory.

The competition is demanding; students must complete a written test, a fieldwork exercise and a multimedia test, which are marked by a committee of team leaders. Some of this year’s events were delayed by anti-government protests and heavy rain from typhoon Wipha. However, Team Canada remained in high spirits and demonstrated great flexibility, according to coaches Janet Ruest and Paul VanZant.

The poster competition required a lot of work before the team even arrived in Hong Kong. This year, teams were asked to put together posters about smart cities and sustainability and present them during a gallery walk session. Canada took advantage of the rain delays to practise their elevator pitch on the sustainability of the GTA. Winning both judges and attendees over, they also picked up the “favorite poster” title in addition to their gold medal.

In between official competition exercises, students had opportunities to explore the area, including an excursion to the Geopark, a UNESCO site and geography paradise. As the teams travelled by ferry to the Geopark, they came within a few hundred metres of the Chinese border and saw a remarkable deep-sea port where thousands of containers were stacked on the dock. Inside the park, they strolled through lush forests, taking note of large spiders and butterflies.

To further build upon Canada’s success on the international stage, Canadian Geographic Education hopes to prepare a team for next year’s Olympiad, taking place in Istanbul, Turkey.

tickets now availble for harvest dinner and dance 

The Bayfield Trails are a wonderful asset to the community and are enjoyed by many individuals, families and groups on a regular basis.

Even though the volunteers work very hard to keep the trails in good shape and provide programming for the community, the trails would not exist if it wasn’t for the generosity and cooperation of the landowners. They allow people to use the trails free of charge. In return, they get invited once a year for a lovely meal at the Harvest Dinner and Dance, so that trail supporters can give them a round of applause.

The Harvest Dinner is also the only fundraiser the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association organizes and through community support for this event, the association is able to maintain the trails and keep them open for public use.

Event organizers are glad that the local band The Cheap Thrills are able to entertain again this year, this gives attendees an opportunity to stretch their legs and have a little fun after a great dinner.

The BRVTA would like to thank their sponsors, The Lakehouse of Bayfield, Diane Snell of Royal LePage and Edward Fuels to step up to the plate; their support is so much appreciated.

They are also happy to announce that they have numerous wonderful and unique items for a raffle, as well as some great door prizes.
Anyone who has not yet purchased tickets is encouraged to talk to their friends and book a table for a great evening of fun!

The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Renegades Diner. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. during which appetizers and a free glass of wine will be served. The three-course dinner will begin at 7 p.m., followed by music and dancing. A vegetarian and gluten-free option is available. Tickets are $45 each. Tables of four, eight or 12 can be reserved.

Please contact Roger Lewington at 519 565-2202 or for tickets.

spectacular turnout for Bayfield art show and sale 


IMG_2728Bayfield Artist Guild member Anita Vanderhaar worked on a piece during the Art Show and Sale held on Saturday.  

IMG_2739Reid Kinnear, of Bayfield, had several pieces on display at the Art Show and Sale.

The Third Annual Bayfield Artist Guild (BAG) Show and Sale wrapped up this past Saturday, Aug. 17 with a huge crowd attending all afternoon resulting in multiple sales for the artists!

The event was held at Lighthouse Cottage, the beautiful property owned by Deb and Tom Grasby. Once again, the attendees had a chance to stroll through this fan-favorite cottage garden while viewing paintings of varied styles and prices.

Organizers believe that BAG will likely keep up the annual show after this year’s spectacular turn out and the enthusiasm shown from townspeople.
IMG_2757Several members of the Bayfield Artist Guild celebrated a very successful third annual Art Show and Sale on Saturday. They were so pleased with the results that they are already looking forward to next year!

New village calendar unveiled at bayfield Farmers' Market 

IMG_2658The 2020 Bayfield Calendar was unveiled on Friday, Aug. 16 at the Bayfield Farmers' Market in Clan Gregor Square. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

The new 2020 Bayfield Calendar, a joint project of the Bayfield Lions’ Club and the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB), was launched at the Bayfield Farmers’ Market last Friday, Aug. 16.

The calendars are now on sale for $10 at Shopbike, Bayfield Foodland, the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre and from Justyna Chojnacka as well as a number of local clubs and organizations including the PCoB and Lions. This year’s theme, “Bayfield: As you like it”, was broadly interpreted by the creative photographers who submitted entries.

All of the selected photos have been enlarged and professionally double-matted at Baillie’s Picture Framing in Grand Bend to a 16” x 20” size ready for framing and are being offered for sale for $40 (includes a free calendar) to the public on Aug. 31 from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Sunset on Summer BBQ taking place at the Bayfield Town Hall.

As well, there is an opportunity to buy a canvas mounted print 24” x 36” for $150 with a prepaid order. Smaller sizes can also be ordered.

For a look at all the photos in the calendar see the collage in the display window at the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre.

Organizers note that the calendars and matted prints make wonderful gifts and mementos of Bayfield. All proceeds from calendar sales go towards supporting Lions activities throughout the community. Net revenues from the print sale are shared with the Bayfield Town Hall.



43550017045_6fba3b385f_kPeople are encouraged to mark their calendars for the Bayfield Town Hall Sixth Annual Sunset on Summer BBQ on Saturday, Aug. 31. This community event is a great place to enjoy the Labour Day weekend with friends and family. Enjoy a delicious BBQ chicken dinner, a beverage at the wine/beer tent and live entertainment by “Carry On”, performing the music of Crosby, Stills Nash and Young. The BBQ will be held from 4:30-7:30 p.m. rain or shine. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children aged 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased online at no additional cost! Visit to purchase or call 519 565-5788 and Press ‘1’ for ticket sales. Jim Melanbacher (right) was in charge of the chicken on the barbecue at the 2018 event. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  


Farmers' market 


Summer may be waning, but the Bayfield Farmers’ Market is still going strong! Peaches, sweet corn and new potatoes are now in season.

New vendors continue to join the market, giving customers the opportunity to experience the area’s finest products. Steve Huether debuted at the market last week, offering delicious Wagyu beef. Karen Rickers is also new to the market, selling local honey and beeswax products. Many folks enjoyed deep fried dill pickles from the Red Moose Beverage Bar last week. They will return to the market Aug. 30.

Karen’s Kitchen is back this Friday with her very popular home baking. Get to the market early if you hope to pick up some of her famous donuts! The Bayfield Ukulele Society will entertain with live music. Sunset on Summer tickets will be available for purchase.

A list of vendors is posted every Thursday on the market’s Facebook page. The Bayfield Farmers’ Market runs every Friday until Thanksgiving weekend, 3-7 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square.

Councilor’s Corner

Please be advised that the Councilor’s Corner for this month has been rescheduled to Aug. 22 to accommodate the Bayfield Community Fair’s use of the Bayfield Community Centre this week.

Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone welcomes all area citizens to join in these monthly sessions starting at 7 p.m. Updates will include such topics as: Bayfield Secondary Plan, the Bayfield Bridge, Tim Hortons and Tuyll Street beach access.



Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield will be celebrating its 162nd Anniversary Sunday, Aug. 25. The community is invited to join the congregation in worship at 11 a.m. with Rev. Lisa Dolson and to enjoy special music provided by Solace.


All Ages Line Dancing is returning to the Bayfield Town Hall for an autumn session starting on Sept. 9.

Rural Response for Healthy Children invites everyone to come kick up their heels. Line dancing uses a variety of simple, repeating steps - making it accessible to the “choreographically challenged”. Participants are guaranteed to have a great time, all while getting a good heart-pumping workout.

The program will be offered Monday evenings for one hour starting at 6:30 p.m. for 10 weeks concluding on Nov. 18. Please note there will not be a class on Oct. 14.

This program is free to people of all ages: babies in carriers, toddlers, adults, seniors and everyone in between! The dancing will be facilitated by Norma Preszcator. Free, healthy snacks and a group social time will follow each week

There is no registration required. Anyone who would like additional information should call
519 482-8777, 1-800-479-0716 or email

Monarch release 

How many among us take notice of certain symbols that remind us of someone special who no longer walks the earth? Hearing the striking lilt of a birdcall, sighting a butterfly flitting by or spotting a feather on the ground are all fine examples of these signs.

In recognition of these the Huron Residential Hospice is holding an event in Pioneer Park on Sept. 7 that will allow community members to honor the memory of loved ones or beloved pets in a symbolic way at a Butterfly Release.

This third annual event will be held from 1:30-4 p.m. Those who attend should bring their own lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

A Non-tagged Monarch Butterfly may also be purchased for $20. The deadline for these is Aug. 23.

Please go to to purchase a butterfly or call 519 482-3440 Ext. 6302 for more details. To learn more visit or find them on Facebook at “Huron Residential Hospice".

Artist Studio Tours

Are you an Artist with your studio located in or near Bayfield?

Seasonal advertised tours are being organized with the first being planned during Christmas in Bayfield held in November. Also, a self-guided tour map will be created for the public to drop by during your studio’s open hours all year.

Join the Facebook and Instagram pages: Bayfield and Area Studio Tours to get your studio and creations known and to see the talented artists who could be located right next door.

Please contact, for more information.

Kintail on the road

Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield is once again hosting “Kintail on the Road” every Wednesday in August. Kintail counsellors attend and lead the children in crafts, games and skits all the while helping them to understand the stories of Jesus.

“We emphasize the ‘fun factor’,” said one counselor.

Registration takes place each Wednesday morning at the church at 8:30 a.m. and is open to any child ages five to10. The $5 fee per week includes snacks and lunch and the above-mentioned fun.

 art for hospice

IMG_2747Potted Pansies Encaustic art piece by Paula Letheren. (Submitted photo)  

Bayfield artist, Paula Letheren has graciously donated a beautiful handmade Potted Pansies Encaustic art piece, which will be on display at the Bayfield PublicLibrary during the month of August.

Anyone interested in taking this beautiful piece of art home, is invited to participate in the silent auction, being held at the library during this same time period.

This silent auction will close on Aug. 30 at 2 p.m., during which time the highest bidder will be contacted.

The piece measures 13 1/4” x 13 1/4" and is framed.

All proceeds will be donated to the Huron Hospice in Clinton.

Memory and Aging Program 

The Alzheimer Society of Huron County is pleased to offer the Memory and Aging Program at the Bayfield Public Library this September.

This program, developed at Baycrest Hospital in Toronto, describes what memory is and how it changes with age. We review practical strategies to improve your ability to remember everyday things such as names, location of items, and things you intend to do. Equally important, our Memory and Aging Program helps build confidence in your own memory ability. Past participants have reported feeling more knowledgeable about their lifestyle choices that support their brain health and see an increase in their use of personal memory strategies.

The Memory and Aging Program consists of four, two-hour sessions from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, Sept. 10, 17, 24 and Oct. 8.

People do not need to be a client of the Alzheimer Society to enroll as the course is open to anyone. Class registration is mandatory to ensure materials and space. The workbook and materials fee are $25 per person. Please contact the Alzheimer Society of Huron County to register at 519 482-1482 or 1-800-561-5012 or email:

The dreamboats 

“The Dreamboats” will be returning to the county this year to perform in the Libro Hall at the Central Huron Community Complex in Clinton tonight Aug. 21.

Michael’s Pharmasave is hosting this concert in support of the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now for $45.

The Dreamboats specialize in cover music from 1955-65 but also write and perform their own music created in the style of these early decades. These high energy musicians delight audiences with great toe tappin’, hand clappin’, sing-a-long tunes touching on many of the era’s favorites including, Roy Orbinson, The Beach Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Elvis, and, of course, The Beatles.

For tickets visit anyone of the three Michael’s Pharmasave locations or call: Bayfield, 519 565-4454; Goderich, 519 524-2242; or Clinton, 519 482-5037.

environmental award 

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) has presented the $1,000 Student Environmental Award for the tenth year. The tenth local student to benefit from this student bursary prize is Meghan Glavin, of the Mount Carmel area. Conservation Foundation Chair Dave Frayne presented the $1,000 prize to the 2019 winner at a brief ceremony on Aug.15. The award winner is also recognized at an annual partner appreciation event.

“The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation is supporting youth in our local area by offering this award,” said ABCF Chair Dave Frayne. “I want to thank the students for being interested in this bursary and taking time to pursue their goals.” He said he hopes the Foundation will be able to offer this award for years to come. “The Conservation Foundation is local and we believe addressing environmental concerns in the future is important and this is a way to support the future environmental education of our young people.”

Meghan is entering post-secondary studies at the University of Guelph this autumn studying geography and agriculture and she hopes to pursue a career that combines both those interests. She is working this summer at Pinery Provincial Park with the discovery team at the Visitors’ Centre, and teaching people about local ecosystems.

“On behalf of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, I’m happy to present to you this cheque for $1,000 as a bursary for your future education,” said Chair Frayne, in presenting the award.

“I’m very honored to be receiving this award,” the winner said at the presentation ceremony. “I’m very honored that I was even considered for this award and I will be using this award to help me out with my education.”

She said she learned about water and soil issues during her secondary school co-op placement at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). “It was a great experience,” she said.

The ABCF recognized Ryan Finnie in 2010 with the first Student Environmental Award. Other winners have included: Raina Vingerhoeds (2011); Greg Urquhart (2012); Ryan Carlow (2013); Connor Devereaux (2014); Barb Alber (2015); Samantha Bycraft (2016); Marina Lather (2017); Ethan Quenneville (2018); and Meghan Glavin (2019).

The entire amount of the bursaries is raised through community fundraising and donations. People can get a charitable gift receipt, for income tax purposes, for their donations to the ABCF. People can also support the student award, and other Foundation charitable activities, through fundraising events such as the Conservation Dinner and annual South Huron Trail Golf Tournament.

The ABCF awards this bursary to the winner of an application process. The successful applicant must be a graduating secondary school student or student currently enrolled in university or college pursuing education in a conservation-related (environmental) course of study such as biology, ecology, geography, forestry, fish and wildlife, agriculture, or outdoor education. Interested students write a creative two-page essay on their personal involvement with a conservation or environment-based project or organization. Eligible students are between the ages of 17 and 25, and have a permanent address in a municipality of the ABCA watershed.

Municipalities in the ABCA watershed are: Adelaide Metcalfe; Bluewater; Central Huron; Huron East; Lambton Shores; Lucan Biddulph; Perth South; Middlesex Centre; North Middlesex; South Huron; Warwick; and West Perth.

To learn more about this award visit the website at




memorial forest to be established at Huron hospice 

image-assetThe Memorial Forest is a program designed to enhance the grounds of Huron Hospice, provide a place of respite, an engagement opportunity for the community, and create a sustainable legacy for future generations. The proposed area of the forest is approximately six acres, and the current trail is open to hospice residents, their families, and the general public to enjoy. (Submitted photo)  

Huron Hospice, along with the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA), is pleased to announce that a Memorial Forest will be created on the property behind the residence. Families can now plant a tree in memory of a loved one, and help establish a green legacy for generations to come. The forest will serve as a peaceful place for reflection and support well-being, grief and bereavement, and celebrating life.

The Forest will surround the Tranquility Trail, which was adopted as one of the official trails maintained by BRVTA earlier this summer. The trail winds through the back meadow and natural marsh on the rural estate of Huron Hospice between Goderich and Clinton (37857 Huron Rd, directly across from Woodland Links Golf Course).

The proposed area of the forest is approximately six acres, and the current trail is open to hospice residents, their families, and the general public to enjoy. The Memorial Forest is a program designed to enhance the grounds of Huron Hospice, provide a place of respite, an engagement opportunity for the community, and create a sustainable legacy for future generations.

“You can now commemorate the life of a loved one by planting a tree – a living memorial that will grow and flourish over the years,'' said Helen Varekamp, a member of BRVTA and the one responsible for envisioning the forest.

Jay McFarlan, co-chair of the board at Huron Hospice added, “We had considered many different ways to use the space behind our residential hospice. Establishing a Memorial Forest is definitely in line with the philosophy of hospice palliative care, and creates a special place where people can honor the life of their loved ones.”

Community members will have the opportunity to donate a tree in memory of a loved one, and participate in an annual dedication service. Donors can choose to display the names of their memorialized persons on a commemorative sign at the forest entrance. Ten different native tree species (both deciduous and evergreen) have been selected to create a mixed forest suitable for the area. Trees can be ordered through the Huron Hospice website and will be professionally planted in the fall of each year by Verbeeks Farm and Garden Centre. Orders received after Aug. 31st will be processed the following year. The cost of a tree is $345, which includes a substantial tree, a five-year warranty, planting and the name of your loved one included on the annual memorial plaque at the entrance to the forest. Tax receipts will be issued for the full value of the tree.

This program is open to anyone who wants to remember the life of a loved one, and is not limited to those who have passed through the hospice. By working with local suppliers and the emphasis on native species, the Memorial Forest is a sustainable project that will promote a better environment for years to come.

To learn more about the forest contact Michelle Field by email at

Auctionista new addition to Better Together Gala 

FB2019_0135-X2New this year at the Better Together Gala was the guest auctioneer – Layne, The Auctionista. Layne conducted a lively “heads and tales” game, the Fund-A-Need fundraiser to purchase fresh produce and the live auction. (Submitted photo)

On Thursday, Aug. 1, the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre’s (HCFBDC) Sixth Annual “Better Together” Gala took place at the Libro Hall in Clinton.

Guests from across Huron County as well as London, Stratford and area were in attendance. Greetings were provided by Huron-Bruce MP, Ben Lobb; Huron-Bruce MPP, Lisa Thompson; Huron County Warden, Jim Ginn; and HCFBDC Board Chair Willemien Katerberg.

CTV News Reporter, Scott Miller was the guest emcee along with co-emcee, Denise Lockie. They provided interesting stories for the gala guests and ensured that the evening’s agenda was kept on schedule.

New this year was the guest auctioneer – Layne, The Auctionista. Layne conducted a lively “heads and tales” game, the Fund-A-Need fundraiser to purchase fresh produce and the live auction. Special thanks go to Glen McNeil and Ben Lobb for their assistance with the live auction.

Special guest, Trish Kreikamp, shared her personal story along with HCFBDC Executive Director, Mary Ellen Zielman who reviewed the impact of food insecurity in Huron County.

The evening featured a delicious meal catered by Huron Shores Catering from Granton, ON as well as silent auction items and a raffle table.

HCFBDC’s purpose is to source and supply food and related products for the 10 food banks and 15 plus aid agencies and two mobile food banks in Huron County. HCFBDC relies on the generous donations of area growers to supply fresh fruit and vegetables (seasonal) and meat products. Financial donations to purchase eggs, dairy, fresh produce and other nutritious foods in addition to the donated foods are always needed.

HCFBDC extends thanks to all the donors, sponsors, volunteers and attendees who made the 2019 “Better Together” Gala a great success. People are asked to save the date for the HCFBDC Seventh Annual Gala – Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020

For more information, please visit or contact the office at 519 913-2362.


Tree_Planting_File_Photo_Ian_JeanIan Jean, Forestry and Land Stewardship specialist with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is promoting autumn tree planting or fall site preparation for spring planting. (Submitted photo)  

Autumn is a good time to plant ball and burlap evergreens and potted deciduous trees, according to Ian Jean, Forestry and Land Stewardship Specialist with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).

“There are some advantages to planting trees in autumn,” Jean said. “The trees can get used to the new conditions and be ready to grow the following spring. Rainfall is also more reliable which helps with the survival.”

Grants can help with the cost of projects, that help conserve soil and water, such as: field windbreaks, treed buffers, and other tree planting projects. Staff members can help rural landowners with project design and grant applications. They can also help with many aspects of land stewardship, including planting plans, site preparation, forest management plans, and erosion control advice.

A variety of funding programs are available. Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) recently announced the Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL) is back for 2019 and 2020. To be eligible for the program, farm businesses must have a 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan and Action Plan verified complete by OSCIA. Other programs such as the Huron County Clean Water Project, or the federal Habitat Stewardship Program, are available to farm or non-farm rural landowners. ABCA staff will work with people to match their project with current funding programs.

The fall tree order form is ready online for free download at the website at this link:

Mail and faxed tree orders must be received by Sept. 15. Orders are taken, accompanied by payment in full, until Sept. 30. The trees can be picked up in mid-October.

Ball-and-burlap species available through the fall tree order program include White Cedar; Norway Spruce; Blue Spruce; White Spruce; and White Pine. Potted trees available include Silver Maple; Sugar Maple; Red Oak; Bur Oak; and Tulip Tree. Prices range from $16-24 per tree.

“Two-foot balled and burlap Spruce and Cedar are ideal to create shelterbelts and windbreaks on fields and farms,” according to Jean. Fall often provides for good access for planting fencerow windbreaks adjacent to harvested wheat or beans.

Springtime is the most popular time of the year to plant trees and Jean encourages landowners to start planning next year’s project. If you are planting trees next spring, site preparation is best done in September and October, he said.

To find out more visit or call Ian Jean at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

funding for student transport to museum and gaol  donated

CMMBP Social

Compass Minerals has generously donated $5,000 to the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol for the purpose of creating a transportation program known as the Compass Minerals Museum Bus Program (CMMBP).

The CMMBP will remove the barrier that many local teachers face in bringing elementary students to the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol by providing free transportation for Huron or Perth school groups visiting the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol.

Beth Rumble, director of Cultural Services for Huron County said, ”One of the goals of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol is to inspire the next generation of Huron County by sparking an interest in their heritage and culture. We’re excited about this new transportation program because it enables us to engage with more students than we ever have before!”

Some of the student programs available at the Museum and Gaol include “Investigate an Escape” where students investigate a real Gaol escape that happened in 1879 and “Minor Crimes” where students learn about crimes through the eyes of the Gaol’s youngest inmates, who were as young as seven years old. In “Home in Huron County” students learn what immigration was like for Huron County’s early settlers, and in the “Salt of the Earth” program students explore the history of salt mining in Huron County, investigate the uses of salt, how it’s produced and what it is like to work underground in the salt mine. Many other unique programs are available at both the Museum and Gaol that offer hands-on, interactive activities that provide curriculum-linked content to broaden the scope of education offered in the classroom.

“We’re pleased to be able to support the Museum and children of Huron and Perth counties,” said Vice-president of Operations, Compass Minerals, Ian Guille. “The Museum’s educational programming creates a robust learning opportunity and we believe more students should have access to this content.”

The CMMBP is available to K-8 students and teachers travelling from within Huron or Perth County. The program will be offered on a first come first serve basis as funds permit. Teachers and educators who are interested in taking advantage of this fantastic opportunity can contact the Museum at for more information.

Learn more about the CMMBP on the Museum’s website:

Great lakes Photo contest deadline extended 

A day to celebrate our Great Lakes, called Love Your Greats, took place on Aug. 10. Love Your Greats is held the second Saturday of every August, and promotes education and local action to protect our Great Lakes. This year, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) would like to see that action and invites the community to share their actions in the form of a photo contest.

“Throughout the watershed, homeowners, farmers, businesses, community groups and other organizations have been working to protect Lake Huron, and it is important to recognize and celebrate these efforts,” said Hope Brock, Healthy Watersheds specialist with ABCA. “The hope is that you will share with us your photos illustrating what you do to protect Lake Huron.”

The deadline, for the first Love Your Greats photo contest, has been extended to Tuesday, Sept. 3, to give people lots of time to enter their photos of their actions helping to protect Lake Huron and “helping to keep your Great Lake great.” The photos of what you do to protect Lake Huron might include, but are not limited to, photos showing rain barrels, rain gardens, wetlands, natural areas, trees, permeable pavement, cover crops, minimum or no-till fields, berms, grassed waterways, buffers, exclusion fencing, or beach cleanups.

“If your photo has a story to tell, we encourage you to share that as well,” said Brock. “No matter how large or small, we are interested in seeing all the actions you take to protect Lake Huron.”

Often, when people share what they have done on their own properties, it inspires others to take positive actions as well, she said.You may submit your photo to the contest simply by posting a photo showing what you or your family does to protect Lake Huron by replying to the Love Your Greats photo contest post on the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Facebook page, or Twitter feed, with the hashtag #LYGLakeHuron. Or, you may send your photo, by email, with #LYGLakeHuron Photo Contest in the subject of the email, to To be eligible for the contest, photos should be posted or received by Tuesday, Sept. 3 at noon local time. The complete set of contest rules are posted online at at this web page: By using the #LYGLakeHuron hashtag you are agreeing to the rules of the contest. The watershed Twitter feed is at: and the watershed Facebook page is at:

Three winners of the photo contest will be drawn at random and will receive a Love Your Greats or Great Lakes T-shirt, hat, or similar prize. For more information visit or contact Hope Brock, Healthy Watersheds technician, at ABCA, by phone at 519 235-2610, Ext. 246, or toll-free at 1-888-286-2610.

To learn more about the Love Your Greats initiative, visit Visit to see what actions are being taken around the Lake Huron basin.

even the sunset was psychedelic at woodstock experience 


IMG_2851“Woodstock Experience” performed songs by Joe Cocker, Santana, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, Richie Havens, Jefferson Airplane and many others.  

The Bayfield Town Hall and the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock with three Woodstock-inspired events on Aug. 16-18.

On Friday, “Woodstock In Bayfield” kicked off with a sold-out show at the Bayfield Town Hall with Janis Joplin-inspired music by the group “Inspired by Janis”.

On Saturday, “Woodstock Experience” will performed songs by Joe Cocker, Santana, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, Richie Havens, Jefferson Airplane and many others. This concert was held in conjunction with the BAS and was held at Agriculture Park during the Bayfield Community Fair. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for the show even the sunset was psychedelic! Concert goers had lots of fun getting in the spirit of the era and dressing appropriately. Refreshments were available at the BAS Beer Tent plus there was a food truck on site for those who got the munchies.

Members of the band include Grant Heywood, drums, guitar, congas and vocals; Cheryl Lescom, vocals, percussion; Marc Shickluna, bass; Rick Taylor, guitar, congas, harmonica, and vocals; Steve Toman, guitar and vocals; Chuckee Zehr, keys, vocals and Musical Director.

The weekend wrapped up on Sunday with a free showing at the Bayfield Town Hall of “Woodstock The Movie”, the Oscar-winning documentary which captured the essence of the music, the electricity of the performances and the experiences of those who were there 50 years ago.  

IMG_2849Woodstock Experience was held in conjunction with the Bayfield Agricultural Society and was held at Agriculture Park during the Bayfield Community Fair.  

IMG_2854The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for the show even the sunset was psychedelic!  


Southern Huron County’s Art Around Town group, along with some friends, have once again planned an exciting event to raise funds for the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre, on Sept. 5. There will be an Art Show and Sale and a Soup Dinner for $10 at the Christian Reformed Church, 330 Huron Street West in Exeter. The Silent Celebrity Auction that has proved popular at previous fundraisers will be even more exciting this year. Exeter Mayor George Finch and Councilor Aaron Neeb both participated in making signs with local artist George Wilson. The Art Show and Sale will feature work by 20 artists from the surrounding area some of which is currently on display at the Exeter Library. Ruth Anne Merner (second from right), of Dashwood, recently instructed a group of Dashwood ladies, (l-r) Teresa Van Raay, Julie Marr and Joanne Maguire in making pottery birds and a group from Exeter and Hensall made pottery plant holders for succulents. Culinary art and wall art will also be in the auction with additional donations from two artists from Goderich. For tickets call Laura Dykstra at 519 235-2326 or Bonnie Sitter at 519 235-1909. For more information visit (Photo by Bonnie Sitter)


 bluewater news 

The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on Aug. 12.

• Approved the Zurich Minor Hockey Association’s request to be exempt from sections of Noise By-law from 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23 to 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25 to allow for fireworks display at the ball park and the amplification of the human voice and music for a live band performance at the intersection of Victoria Lane and Mill Avenue, Zurich, in conjunction with the Bean Festival.

• Directed the Manager of Public Works to find a solution for short term, safe access to the beach in the location of 105 Tuyll St., Bayfield, and report back.

• Directed staff to commission a survey to provide a plan of the location of storm water infrastructure located in on 105 and 109 Tuyll St., Bayfield.

• Directed staff to enter into a contract with ERTH Holdings Inc. for the proposal price of $305,324.70, excluding HST, to proceed with the LED lighting conversion throughout the Municipality of Bluewater and that the rate of 2.05 per cent be applied for the cost of borrowing.

• Staff were directed to earmark the yearly light saving towards the payback of the capital cost of the above-mentioned Street Light Retrofit Project.

• Passed a By-law to adopt a Code of Conduct for Members of Council and Local Boards in compliance with the Municipal Act, 2001, and Repeal By-law 17-2019.

• Passed By-law to adopt a Tree Protection and Enhancement Policy for the protection and enhancement of the tree canopy and natural vegetation in the municipality.

• Directed staff to enter into discussions with the Municipality of South Huron regarding the possibility of developing an agreement for the provision of snow removal in the village of Dashwood for future winter seasons.

behind the bars 

Due to high demand, the annual Behind the Bars program is returning to the Huron Historic Gaol.

Behind the Bars runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in August. The program runs from 7-9 p.m., with last entry at 8 p.m.

Behind the Bars allows visitors to interact with inmates and jail staff. Meet Joseph Griffin, the governor of the jail; Nicholas Melady, infamously known as the last publicly hanged person in Canada; Catherine, who was brought into jail due to homelessness, and many more. Please allow at least 45 minutes for a full tour.

Special admission rates apply to Behind the Bars: $10 for adults, $5 for children, $30 for a family, and free for Museum members and children under five. To purchase tickets, please visit the website,, or people can buy tickets at the door. For more information, please call 519 524-6971.

Located at 181 Victoria Street North in Goderich, the Huron Historic Gaol was an operating jail from 1841 to 1972. The jail housed criminals, the mentally ill, vagrants, and debtors. The attached Governor’s House is a Victorian style home that was added on in 1901.

Hooch for Health 

“Hooch for Health”, set for Aug. 24, is a beer tasting fundraiser organized by the Rotary Club of Goderich for the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Capital Campaign

This age of majority event will offer three time slots to attend: 1-4 p.m.; 4:30-7:30 p.m. and 8-11 p.m. and will be held at the Huron Historic Gaol in Goderich.

Participating beverage vendors include: Bayfield River Road Brewing, Cowbell Brewing, Square Brew, Bayfield Brewing Company and Maelstrom Winery.

The $25 ticket includes entry, a Hooch for Health sample glass and hors d'oeuvres by the White Carnation. Sample tickets are $2 each and full-sized drink tickets are $6 each.

519 Tours will provide transportation within the town limits by donation, proceeds of which will go to Hooch for Health. There will be an event photographer and door prizes.

The Rotary Club of Goderich would like to thank ELG Electric for their generous donation of lights and electricity at the event.

Tickets available for purchase online at:

Health unit 

Thinking of quitting smoking? Why not win some money while you’re at it? The Huron County Health Unit encourages those over the age of 19 who smoke to sign up now for the First Week Challenge Contest.

“Quitting is a process that takes multiple attempts, and September is a popular month for a quit attempt,” said Public Health Nurse, Katie Crocker. “The First Week Challenge Contest provides the motivation to make a quit attempt.”

Organized by the Canadian Cancer Society, the First Week Challenge Contest asks people who smoke to stay tobacco-free for the first seven days of the month for the chance to win $500.

The contest helps give those thinking of quitting smoking that extra nudge to take the first step.If $500 isn’t incentive enough, the health benefits from quitting smoking are a huge win. Those successful in staying tobacco-free during the one week are nine times more likely to quit smoking, according to the Canadian Cancer Society.

There are two easy steps to enter: Register before midnight on Aug. 31 at to be entered in the September challenge.Remain tobacco-free for the first seven days of September for a chance to win $500.

One winner will be randomly chosen from six provinces across Canada after the September contest ends. This contest is open to those 19 years of age or older.“Start planning for a September quit attempt now,” said Crocker. “Having a plan, along with entering the First Week Challenge Contest, increases your chances of quitting for good.”

To sign up for the First Week Challenge Contest, or for more information, visit or call the Smokers’ Helpline at 1-877-513-5333.

For more information on local quit smoking supports and services available, visit or call the Huron County Health Unit at 519 482-3416 or toll free 1-877-837-6143.

Hockey for hospice 

For one fabulous evening in January 2020, former National Hockey League (NHL) All Stars will take to the ice against the Goderich Firefighters to raise funds for the firefighters’ charity of choice: Huron Residential Hospice.

The Goderich Firefighters will face off against a full line-up of former NHL hockey heroes. This fantastic community event will include lots of skill and lots of laughs and promises to be fun and memorable for all ages.

The game will be played on Sunday, Jan. 12 at the Maitland Recreation Centre, 190 Suncoast Dr. East in Goderich. The doors will open at 2:45 p.m. and the puck will drop at 3:30 p.m.

A residential hospice had been in the plans for over a decade by the Huron Hospice Volunteer Service and the Huron Residential Hospice opened it’s doors in May of 2018. This service provides compassionate care, emotional support and practical assistance to individuals and families who are facing a life-limiting illness, extending through to the bereavement process. This is a place to celebrate life and embrace quality-of-life in the final days, with 24/7 expert care, at no cost to families, in an environment that feels like home.

Even though it is still months away volunteers will start preparing for this fundraiser soon. Solicited phone calls for tickets and sponsorships will be occurring. The calls will be made by Pro Hockey Heroes staff and will come from a 905 area code, 1-800, as well as 1-844, numbers.

For tickets or more information please call 1-888-777-9793 or visit WWW.PROHOCKEYHEROES.COM

Turtle Release

A new generation of turtle hatchlings will return to the wild at the Fourth Annual Turtle Hatchling Release east of Exeter on Aug. 29.

This turtle education opportunity, for all ages, attracted hundreds of people last year. The 2019 event will take place at Morrison Dam Conservation Area, at 71108 Morrison Line, south of Highway 83, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The release is free to attend. Event proceeds support conservation of Ontario’s turtles. Organizers encourage attendees to donate to the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre (OTCC). The turtle release has raised thousands of dollars, over three years, in “much-needed funds” for Ontario’s largest turtle hospital.

The Huron Stewardship Council (HSC) will supervise the release of native hatchling turtles. Participants can join staff to observe, as turtles are released, and to take pictures. Turtles are released every half hour from 1:30 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Cristen Watt, the Species at Risk Technician with HSC, said, “It is incredible to see such strong public interest in turtles and their conservation. Unfortunately, Ontario’s turtle populations are declining, so this event raises awareness about local species-at-risk, and teaches everyone about the many ways they can help.”

The turtle release gives people of all ages a chance to meet local wildlife up close and to learn about local reptiles. Event plans include reptile displays, reptile-themed merchandise, and fun and active learning stations. Staff from Scales Nature Park, of the Oro-Medonte area, are bringing reptile species. Their turtles can be viewed and their snakes can be handled. The HSC will have outreach activities and merchandise, the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation will bring an outreach display, and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) will have a geocaching station and other education and outreach. Pinery Provincial Park will have two naturalists at their outreach booth and turtles will be the theme of the Storytime Trail along the MacNaughton-Morrison Section of the South Huron Trail. There will also be cupcake sales in support of turtle conservation.

Parking at the turtle release will be available in the spillway, as well as on the south side of Morrison Lake (Morrison Dam Reservoir) and at the Woodland Reflection Shelter on the west side of Morrison Line (across from the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Administration Centre).

To learn more about protecting turtles, and the release event, visit and or phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.


There are still a number of examination room sponsorships available at the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) clinic in Zurich. Families, local businesses, area corporations, associations and service clubs will be recognized for their donation with a plaque on the wall immediately outside the room. All locations are in high traffic areas.

Call Executive Director, Paula Kroll and arrange to have your name displayed prominently at the clinic. Cost is a one-time charge and ranges from $15,000 to $25,000 depending on location.

BAFHT is on a fundraising mission and is looking for volunteers to help organize and run a variety of events to support the clinic and add to the health care services it offers the community. More money means more health care programs can be introduced to benefit the area.

People should not be afraid to suggest fundraising ideas – several heads are better than one - contact Sandra Shaw of the Fundraising Committee at

Maitland El Camino 

The Maitland Trail Association (MTA) is a charitable organization established in 1975 with the mission of maintaining and developing trails in the Maitland Valley for discovery and appreciation of the natural environment.

The MTA is pleased to announce the 2019 El Camino event. This year’s two-day, 49 KM hike along the Maitland Trail will take place over the weekend of Sept. 28-29. There are also opportunities for participants to complete shorter hikes for those who do not wish to hike the full 49 KM. Each year this challenging, family-friendly event attracts hikers from all across the province.

The hike begins in Auburn and follows the scenic, winding route of the Maitland River, finishing in beautiful Goderich, on the shores of Lake Huron.

Erinn Lawrie from the MTA’s Board of Directors said, “The lower Maitland River is an area of ecological significance, with many unique species that are rare provincially and even globally.”

Hikers on the Maitland Trail traverse wide rambling trails and challenging hills, hiking through towering forests, past farmland, river vistas and autumn meadows. Shuttles are provided to the starting point each day, and along the route there are checkpoints where water and snacks are provided to hikers by enthusiastic volunteers.

A post-hike dinner will be held on the Saturday evening, featuring fresh local food by Sweet Love Eats, Firmly Rooted and Red Cat Bakery.

“The supper is a chance to kick back and refuel after a successful hike, share stories, and meet other hiking enthusiasts from across the province,” said Lawrie.

Registration is now open at and spaces will fill up quickly. The cost for the two-day hike is $30 for adults and $10 for children, which includes shuttles, trail maps, water and snacks, and a souvenir badge upon completion. The Locavore Supper is $30. Registration closes Sept. 14, or when the registration cap is reached.

Visit the MTA’s website or contact for more information about this exciting event.  


The Huron County Clean Water Project (HCCWP) grant review committee has approved the first grants supporting septic system replacements under the new septic system grant category introduced in 2019. The second intake period for applications is open until Aug. 31.

The grant review committee approved, on June 14, those projects that provide immediate benefits to water quality. Eight other septic applications are carried over, by the committee, to be re-evaluated along with new applications at the September meeting. County septic grant funding is limited so decisions are based on funding available and the projects’ impact on protecting water quality.

People living in the countryside and hamlets – including homes and cottages along Lake Huron – have septic systems to treat household waste from kitchens and bathrooms. When functioning properly, septic systems are a cost-effective, efficient method of treating waste, but they have a lifespan and faulty septic systems are a daily source of contamination. With the advent of summer, with more people in the area and more strain on septic systems, there is the potential for more septic systems to fail, according to staff delivering the program.

The HCCWP is allocating a total of $40,000 to the septic system upgrade category in 2019 with a maximum grant of $2,000 per project. Systems that have the potential to contaminate drinking water and those near municipal drinking water wells are the main focus. Residences west of Hwy 21 are also high priority because of their potential impact on swimming beaches.

The grant approval process for septic projects is similar to other HCCWP projects. Staff will visit the site and help landowners complete the application form which is evaluated by the grant review committee. Applicants will need a cost estimate from a licensed contractor in order to apply. When the project is approved, completed and paid for, staff do a final site visit and the grant is issued.

The HCWP has 17 project categories to help people improve and protect water quality. The county program has provided grants to more than 2,800 projects since 2004.

Huron County people interested in applying for septic projects, or other projects of the HCCWP, are invited to call Doug Hocking at the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority at 519 335-3557, Ext. 236 or Nathan Schoelier, at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, Ext. 263. 


Wondering where the Pole Walkers are meeting or when The Glee Sisters have their next practice?

A new website,, is the place to visit to view current calendars of events for all of the village activities.




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modern accessible buiLding allows fairgoers a chance to better interact with farm animals  


IMG_5036Mayor Bluewater Paul Klopp assisted at the wheat rope cutting while John Siertsema shared in the honor of cutting the rope. Siertsema has provided countless numbers of fowl and livestock from his hobby farm over the years to make the Animal Display a favorite of visitors to the fair.  

IMG_5041MP Ben Lobb (right) and Glen McNeil, mayor of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh; look on as Doreen MacKenzie cut the wheat rope on the new Animal Display Building at Agriculture Park. Mackenzie has been an integral part of providing the display of animals at the fair for many years and was thus selected to officially open the facility.  

IMG_5046MPP Lisa Thompson congratulated Doreen MacKenzie on her achievements with the Bayfield Agricultural Society as Glen McNeil, mayor of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh, MP Ben Lobb and others join in the celebration.  

IMG_4816Many speakers at the Grand Opening highlighted the importance of agricultural fairs and the value of hands on experiences with farm animals.  

IMG_2798This accessible modern facility affords fairgoers an opportunity to see, hear, smell and touch local farm animals (Photo by Jack Pal)  





With the grand opening, mid-day on Aug. 17, of the Animal Display Building at Agriculture Park the vision to have an accessible modern facility to let fairgoers see, hear, smell and touch local farm animals is now reality.

It was with excitement that after about three years the old pet display building is now replaced with a fully accessible animal display building which also has an office space during the fair. Ben Lobb, MP; Lisa Thompson, MPP; Paul Klopp, mayor of Bluewater; Alison Lobb, councilor of Central Huron; Glen McNeil, mayor of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh; Lorraine Shields, representing the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS); and Bart Scherpenzeel, director of Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) all brought greetings at the opening. Many highlighted the importance of agricultural fairs and the value of hands on experiences with farm animals.

Jentje Steenbeek outlined the reasons for the decision to build a new structure since costs of repairing the old facility would be quite high. Having an extra portion added on, allows room to store all the materials that many BAS members had stored in their homes. The office was well used as people could easily find the Treasurer and Fair Administrator.

The MC, Doug Yeo, a former past President of the BAS and current President of the OAAS, pointed out how truly grateful the building committee was with the generosity of the extended Bayfield community. That community extended to western Canada and the USA with many donations from Michigan, and many areas throughout Ontario. One of the larger donors, Western Fair District, was acknowledged during the event. The largest donation was given anonymously. Donors who contributed more than $500 were acknowledged with an engraved brick and their contribution to the project will remain with the building.

The actual opening ceremony was designed to reflect the building so a wheat rope was strung across the length of the verandah. Doreen MacKenzie and John Siertsema were two people who contributed many long hours at many fairs in the past looking after the former building at different times. Their service was honored by having them cut the wheat rope with the guests holding it as the dedication was read. An instantaneous applause followed as the wheat hit the ground.

It was a special tribute to the BAS for its vision but also to the community for supporting the vision.

IMG_4823After about three years of planning the old pet display building has been replaced with a fully accessible animal display building giving this Rooster something to really crow about!  

IMG_2799One of the larger donors to the Animal Display Building construction was the Western Fair District. Their donation was acknowledged at the opening as well as with an engraved brick on the building. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

IMG_2800In addition to space to display the animals during the fair the building acted as a designated office and will also provide storage for fair necessities the rest of the year. (Photo by Jack Pal)  



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IMG_4845Miss T the Bubble Queen", the master Bubbleologist from Cambridge, ON, shared her talents along the parade route delighting all ages.  

IMG_4849No stranger to parades having been a volunteer with the Seaforth All Girls Marching Band for many years, Charles Kalbfleisch was the Honorary Parade Marshall for the 2019 Bayfield Community Fair Parade.  

IMG_4854The Seaforth and District All Girls Marching Band were once again a part of the parade. The band was established in 1948.  

IMG_4862Saturday dawned humid and warm keeping shady spots at a premium along the route for the Bayfield Community Fair Parade.  

IMG_4868The Bruce Shrine Club brought a large contingency to the parade on Aug. 17.  

IMG_4900Country 104.9 from Goderich was represented by on air personality Fadi Didi.  

IMG_4908The Royal Canadian Legion Branches 218 Brussels and 140 Clinton combined their talents to make for both an impressive sight and sound along the streets of Bayfield on Saturday.  

IMG_4910Tyler Brady, of Bayfield, drove a military vehicle in the parade.  

IMG_4926Occupants in the jeeps, brought to the parade by the Mocha Shriners Jeepsters from London, ON, were kept busy smiling and waving at the spectators who in turn waved and smiled back.  

IMG_4928Members of the Mocha Camel Corps struck a pose along the parade route.  

IMG_4944These shriner cars may be tiny but their drivers feel the need for speed!  

IMG_4948The Mocha Shriner Roadrunners from London, ON always delight with their antics along the parade route.



Saturday dawned hot, hot, hot and shady spots were at a premium along the route for the Bayfield Community Fair Parade. On Aug. 17, the parade made its way along Main and John Streets at the stroke of 11 o’clock and at its end folks began the traditional walk along behind to Agriculture Park to check out all that the 163nd Bayfield Community Fair had to offer.

The Honorary Parade Marshall this year was Charles Kalbfleisch. He is no stranger to parades having been both a volunteer, and music director, with the Seaforth All Girls Marching Band for many years. He is also one of the dedicated volunteers behind the Rise2Fame Talent Show held on the Friday night of the fair each year.

For the fourth time the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association organized the parade on behalf of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS).

Four bands performed for the crowds as they walked along the route. The Stratford Police Band, the Royal Canadian Legion Branches 218 Brussels and 140 Clinton Pipes and Drums Band combined, the Seaforth All Girls Marching Band and the Ontario Provincial Pipes and Drums kept many a foot a tapping as they marched by.

The Shriner’s presence always adds flair to the festivities and they did not disappoint with representation from the Mocha Motor Corps, Mocha Temple Road Runners and the Mocha Jeepsters Unit. New this year were several entries by the Bruce Shrine Club as well.

Want to learn more about the inner workings of the fair and parade or just celebrate the success of the 163rd fair? Then plan to attend the Annual General Meeting of the BAS on Friday, Nov. 22 at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield. A potluck supper will begin at 6 p.m. with the meeting to follow.

IMG_4921Members of the Bayfield and Area Fire Department handed out sweet treats along the parade route.

IMG_4934Mikayla Andrew (left) and Charlie Clegg handed out candy along the route while representing River Road Brewing and Hops, of Bayfield.  

IMG_4938The Stratford Police Band was one of three pipe bands to take part in the parade.  

IMG_4952Members of the Mocha Temple Road Runners from London, ON appeared to be having a great time participating in the parade.  

IMG_2686Shriner's Bruce Trail Riders were new to the parade and made a delightful addition. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

IMG_4957Lions Kathy Gray and Ian Matthews represented the Bayfield Club in the parade.  

IMG_4964Josh Tyler, and his Dad Morgan, represented Rosie's Ice Cream Shoppe.  

IMG_4972Hay Mutual Insurance entered a gleaming vintage automobile into the parade.  

IMG_2704The Mocha Shriners Jeepsters from London, ON had a big contingent at the 2019 parade. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

IMG_2722One of the areas newest wineries, Cornerfield Wine Co., located just south of the village was featured in the parade. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

IMG_2695This entry is a regular in all the local parades promoting boat safety.(Photo by Jack Pal)  

IMG_4975Antique tractors were represented by a single entry in this year's parade.  




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This issue I am turning my space over to Heather Boa, Pubic Relations officer with the newly established HASAR, who yesterday sent me the following press release regarding an incident at this past weekend's Bayfield Community Fair that thankfully ended with a joyous reunion. - Melody 

Quick-thinking Huron and Area Search and Rescue volunteers reunited a three-year-old boy with his grandparents before they were even aware he was missing at the Bayfield Community Fair.

HASAR volunteers were situated with the Mobile Command Centre and trailer at the gates to the fairgrounds, providing information and promoting HASAR activities to the public when they spotted a small boy who appeared to be looking for someone. After initial questioning by a volunteer, he was guided back to the HASAR trailer where he told volunteers he was three years old and had come to the fair with his grandmother and younger sister.

While one volunteer stayed with the child, one volunteer and his wife did a search of the indoor and outdoor areas, and Jason Van der Meer, HASAR Safety officer and Incident commander for this incident, made fair administration aware of the situation as well as making an announcement over the public address system.

As Van der Meer returned to the Mobile Command Centre, he saw a couple making their way toward the volunteers, pushing a young girl in a stroller. The boy immediately identified them as Grandma, Grandpa and his little sister.

The grandparents said they had put the boy on a ride and not realized he had exited with a group of other children.

Van der Meer had high praise for the HASAR volunteers.

“Trying to get accurate information from a 3-year-old is difficult at best and I think our members did a fantastic job of keeping the boy relaxed and communicating. They did an incredible job, yet again, of recognizing and preventing a hazardous situation from occurring and had the family reunited in under 10 minutes,” he said.

This is the third time in two months that HASAR has reunited a lost child with his or her guardians.

HASAR is the newly established non-profit organization that includes professionally trained volunteers available for deployment for methodical land and water searches for lost people in Huron, South Bruce, Perth and Lambton Counties.

For more information on HASAR, visit online at





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