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Rob McAuley, along with Kaithlynne and Keira Couacha, had an absolute hoot navigating a golf cart through an obstacle course as part of the Friday night fun at the Bayfield Fall Fair. 


The members of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) just celebrated their 156th Bayfield Fall Fair. Its longevity can be attributed to the constant addition of new events. This year, an obstacle course held on the Friday night proved to be a hilarious highlight.

Those who took on the obstacle course got a free t-shirt from the RCMP Musical Ride courtesy the Bayfield Agricultural Society. Elizabeth Davidson and Laura Cannon (left), both of Stratford, wore their shirts while out the course.

Contestants were invited to take on the obstacle course, a series of stakes, pylons, barrels and ropes shaped in a kind of horseshoe pattern, in a golf cart. Doesn’t sound to difficult does it? Wait, read the fine print. The driver was to be blindfolded – the passenger to act as navigator.

Passengers soon learned that pointing, while shouting, “This way!” wasn’t the best way to give directions. Teams had different strategies, some took it easy on the course avoiding the obstacles while others stomped on the gas and took down, well, almost everything in their way.

Brothers-in-law Darren Keys (left) and Jason Wise only knocked over one obstacle as they breezed through the course.

The event was timed and teams were given a time penalty for each obstacle knocked down. Times ranged from just under three minutes to just under 10 minutes. Everyone who took part were given a t-shirt from the RCMP musical ride courtesy the BAS.

Spectators and participants alike agreed that it was a fun new addition to the fair experience – some were even strategizing for next year.

Bayfield Agricultural Society members (l-r) Don Brodie, Dave Bieman and Doug Yeo react as a team takes out yet another portion of the course.


Philip Keightley

Anyone who passes by Clan Gregor Square on the afternoon of Aug. 26 may think they have traveled into another era. Temperance Ladies will be causing a stir, all the while pioneer children will be playing period games and pie ladies will sell their apple filled pastries.

A brand new version of “Yesterday’s Bayfield”, a guided heritage stroll through time will be held in the park starting promptly at 2 p.m. with a cast of local “actors”.

Tickets are available now from Dave Gillians by calling 519 565-5884. They are also available at the Bayfield Archives room on Main Street. Only 160 tickets will be sold at $10 each for this entertaining Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) production. All proceeds for the event will be used to protect and display Bayfield’s most precious historical documents.

Historical Bayfield characters will be stationed at various spots in the park where they will tell their stories, or at least defend their actions. This arrangement will minimize walking and ensure that there will be shade for the actors and the audience. Judy Keightley is the creator and director of this entirely new production. She was instrumental in establishing the Petrolia Little Theatre and has successfully staged this type of Street Theatre event before.

Keightley said, “It’s important that everyone enjoys “Yesterday’s Bayfield” and in addition to good entertainment, ticket holders will be surprised and fascinated by what they learn about these historical characters and this village.”

Judith Gooding

Timing is tight and the eight tour guides will be making certain their groups of 20 don’t interfere with other groups and that audience members can hear and see each performance. Ticket holders should be at Clan Gregor Square and prepared to start at 2 p.m. The walk should take about an hour.

Local residents comprise the cast who are busy memorizing their lines and practicing their presentations. As they are representing important characters in the village’s history, the cast is feeling the pressure to get the stories just right.

Included in the cast are Dawn Cumming, Claire Soper, Carol Thornley-Hall, Bronwyn Bechard and Maureen Saunders. These five women will comprise the Temperance Ladies. For decades, Bayfield was “dry” and these ladies will be threatening to create a disturbance by demanding to bring back the “good old days” when alcohol was banned in the village.

Also featured will be:

Judith Gooding as Margaret Rhynas, who was part of a prominent local fishing family and who was honored by a United States president.

Philip Keightley will portray Dr. Ninian M.Woods, the pioneer physician and politician who fought for both a railway line and harbor and almost bankrupted the township.

BHS President Bill Rowat said, “This year’s version of “Yesterday’s Bayfield” should be one of our best heritage presentations yet. We are staging it in Clan Gregor Square to ensure shade and shorter walking distances between character performances.”

Terry Fox's dream lives on through annual run 

Terry Fox famously said about his Marathon of Hope that, “Even if I don’t finish, we need others to continue. It’s got to keep going on without me”.

In the spirit of carrying on Fox’s journey, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) is sponsoring a Terry Fox Run on Sept. 16.

Terry Fox Runs will be underway on the same day all over Canada, all raising money to help fund cancer research. To date, these yearly runs have accumulated over $600 million for cancer research.

Participants are asked to raise money through pledges, and all the proceeds go to the Terry Fox Foundation whose aim is to raise money for cancer research and, hopefully, find a cure. The Foundation is responsible for supporting close to $20 million in research each year in Canada.

The Terry Fox run not only raises money but also serves to commemorate Fox, the young Canadian man who ran the original Marathon of Hope in 1980. Fox was diagnosed with Osteogenic Sarcoma and had his leg amputated in 1977, three years before he would run over 5,000 KMs from St. John’s, NL to Thunder Bay, ON. Because of this effort, the goal of the Terry Fox Foundation and the Terry Fox Run is not only to raise money, but to continue to spread the story of his life, achievements and goals.

The local Terry Fox Run will be held starting in Clan Gregor Square. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the run itself starts at 9 a.m. There will be a 2 KM, 5 km, and 10 KM route for participants to choose. Participants are asked to bring their pledge forms, which they can pick up at Outside Projects, and in various other locations around Bayfield, to the registration booth on the day of the event. There is no minimum donation, and every dollar helps. Anyone with questions should call 519 440-8585.

 principals of visual design subject of upcoming lecture 

The Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) will celebrate their first anniversary with a very special evening for photography enthusiasts of all skill levels when they host a presentation by photographer, Don Martel.

“Don has an incredible résumé that runs over decades including many collaborations with Freeman Patterson, one of Canada’s foremost photographers,” said Jack Pal, one of the PCoB’s founding members. “On a personal note, I can tell you that his presentation is awesome.”

According to Martel’s website, photography grabbed his attention while studying Business Administration in college. After working in and traveling for a computer- based career he made the switch to his true passion – photography. Over the years he devoted much time to attending photographic workshops as a student eventually evolving into the instructor.

He note’s on his website that his career highlight came in 1999 during a collaboration with Freeman Patterson for spring workshops in New Brunswick. This was followed by co-lectures with Marike Bruwer on multiple workshops on the west coast of South Africa in 2001. In the fall of that same year, he conducted two, one-week workshops at Singing Sands near Tobermory with Bruwer. Since then, he has held weeklong workshops every spring and fall with James Sidney on the Bruce Peninsula.

Martel’s Bayfield presentation will be entitled, “The Art of Seeing: Principles of Visual Design”. This approximately two-hour presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 6. The doors to the Bayfield Town Hall will open to the public at 7:15 p.m. The cost to attend the evening will be $5 at the door for non-photography club members.

This lecture may peek the interest of photographers thirsty for more knowledge and will be a segue to a one-day workshop of the same title to be held in Bayfield in mid to late September. The workshop will be limited to 10 people to encourage maximum learning. If there is enough interest a second session may be planned.

For more information on the evening lecture or one-day workshop with Martel or the PCoB please contact Pal at

sygrove and baker two speakers at "adaptation"

People may have seen posters popping up around the village announcing that TEDx is coming to Bayfield perhaps these promotional materials have peeked the curiosity of individuals in learning what exactly TEDx is.

According to their website, TED is a non-profit organization devoted to their mission “Ideas Worth Spreading”. It began in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment and Design. Over the years the scope of TED has broadened and become globally recognized.

The “x” indicates an independently orchestrated TED event. TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission. The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

The content and design of each TEDx event is unique and developed independently, but all TEDx events have several features in common. The events offer a number of short, carefully prepared live talks by presenters along with a minimum of two pre-recorded TEDTalks videos all offering bias-free programming.

TEDx Bayfield’s theme is “Adaptation” and will focus on agriculture, education, medicine, wellness and more. It will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Sept.13

The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with the doors of the hall opening one-hour prior.

Organizer Sarah Koopman’s notes that those who attend “should expect to hear from some of Southwestern Ontario's history-making people, watch some of the vast TED library of pre-recorded talks, have an opportunity to purchase our speakers' favorite books and interact with fellow community members.”

Tickets are selling for $25 each and are available at the following Bayfield businesses: Hive, The Village Bookshop and Outside Projects.

Each week until Sept. 13, TEDx Bayfield will announce a new guest speaker. The first speaker revealed was Laura Sygrove, co-founder and executive director of New Leaf Yoga Foundation. The second speaker will be Stephen Baker, principal of Virtual High School Ontario (VHS).

Baker oversees VHS, one of Canada’s largest online high schools, it is located on Bayfield’s Main Street. As recently as June 1st, VHS offered sixty-four distinct high school courses to 4,600 active students instructed by 60 Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) online instructors. It is the mission of the high school to provide students an opportunity to achieve success according to their own interests, abilities and goals.

“We asked each of our speakers to recommend a book to event-goers,” said Koopmans. “Stephen Baker has chosen Malcolm Gladwell's, “The Tipping Point”.”

For more information about this event, email, follow on Twitter @TEDxBayfield, or check out the event page on the TED website:

Pennies are adding up for Bayfield tree project

An ongoing fundraising initiative of the Bayfield Tree Project (BTP) is “Pennies for Trees”. Anyone who has accumulated over-time a jar, bag or box of pennies please consider donating them to the BTP for the purchase of trees to provide shade for the village’s streets.

“The Bayfield Tree Project has been busy collecting pennies and we have accumulated over $300 worth of coin...not just pennies either,” said Sondra Buchner, for the BTP. “A huge thank you to all the villagers who have been dropping their change into the green tree buckets.

The buckets, labeled “Pennies for Trees”, can be found at the check-out counters in Bayfield Convenience, Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy, Out of the Blue, Bayfield Foodland, the Nip N’ Tuck and the Bayfield Library.

Those who wish to participate in this fundraising initiative can call 519 565-2518 and a BTP committee member will pick up your pennies. The volunteers will count the pennies and provide a tax receipt to the donor if the total is over $20.

The BTP’s first focus, was planting along the Heritage Trail within the village. This is now complete and residents will start to see trees planted more widely throughout the village. Anyone who would like to plant a tree as a memorial for a person or event; should note that BTP is now able to plant "Memorial Trees" in a specific location on municipal property. Please contact Sondra Buchner at 519 565-2518 to learn more. The BTP’s next tree planting will be this fall.

But of course if local residents don’t take care of the trees that have already been planted all of these fundraising efforts will be for naught. Our area trees are thirsty, especially those new trees planted both last year and this spring as part of the Bayfield Tree Project. The BTP would like to encourage residents to keep watering these trees.

New trees need one inch (2.5 cm) of water per week to survive. A slow trickle of water over several hours is the best method. Trees planted by the BTP can be found on Louisa, Anne, Charles, Howard, Colina and Jane Streets as well as on Bayfield Terrace and Victoria Place.

chamber helps to direct tourists when out and about

The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) recently held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) at which they updated their membership on the many projects, activities and events they are involved in over the course of the year.

This week the Bayfield Breeze explores the ways the chamber aids locally in directing the many tourists who come to the village.

The Tourist Booth located at the corner of Hwy. 21 and Mill Road is open most days through the summer and into the fall. Although perhaps of less importance in the internet-age, this self-serve booth is actively used in the summer. Anyone with brochures or promotional information is encouraged to drop them off at the booth.

The BACC continues to pay for directional signage both northbound and southbound on Hwy. 21. Roger Lewington, president of the BACC reports that some members have asked about additional signage, however, this is all that is allowed by the Tourism-Oriented Directional Signing Program (TODS). The program is offered through the Ministries of Tourism and Transportation and controls highway signage for the province. However, the BACC has purchased additional signage on county roads under the Ontario’s West Coast Signage Program. Signs are now located on Mill Road and Bayfield Road.

“Last year, several members requested that we look at some kind of signage, like a kiosk or a Main Street mall-style map, to identify and locate stores and services on Main Street and in the village,” said Lewington. “With assistance from the Huron County Tourism Association a design has been set and the first sign will be installed this summer near the main gates of Clan Gregor Square.”

Entrance to Agriculture Park rededicated after 56 years 

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Bayfield Fall Fair in 1956, the Ontario Department of Agriculture presented the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) with two stone pillars. These were erected at the entrance to Agriculture Park.

Fifty-six years later, on Friday, Aug. 17, the refurbished pillars and entranceway were rededicated prior to the opening of the 156th fall fair.

Funds for the renewal were obtained from the Huron County Heritage Fund to partially assist with the refurbishing of the pillars and wings and the creation of the gates at the entrance to Agricultural Park. All cement work was resurfaced, all metal was sandblasted and painted, and all stonework was freshly grouted.

Huron County Warden, Bernie MacLellan, officially rededicated the entrance “to the enjoyment and use of the Bayfield
Agricultural Society for its activities and to all the residents of the Bayfield area.”

He said that it was his hope that all those who pass through the entrance into Agricultural Park take pleasure in knowing that the entrance symbolizes a sense of welcoming and that the grounds are accessible to all.

Huron County Warden, Bernie MacLellan, had the honor of rededicating the entrance to Agriculture Park during the Opening Ceremonies of the Bayfield Fall Fair on Friday night. Joining him were from rear: MP Ben Lobb, Ivan Norris, fair volunteer; Mayor of Bluewater, Bill Dowson and Meighan Wark, director of Cultural Services at County of Huron. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


historical society

Local resident, Bill Carradine will be the next guest in the Bayfield Historical Society’s (BHS) Speaker’s Series to be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Buiding on Aug. 27.

Carradine will speak about his childhood in Canada and wartime Britain. He will also share highlights of his multifaceted, national and international career, including as a Procter and Gamble executive, a newspaper editorial executive, and an overseas representative of the Ontario Government.

This meeting shall commence at 7:30 p.m. and all in the community are welcome to attend.

pioneer park

As dusk settles over Pioneer Park, families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to cuddle up and watch one last movie under the stars for the summer of 2012. "Cheaper by the Dozen 2" will be shown Aug. 25. This film was originally scheduled for Aug. 11 but was postponed due to inclement weather.

Prior to the movie, at 7:15 p.m., the Pioneer Park Association will host a concert in the park. The internationally awarded a cappella quartet, Spritzer, will perform. The group is a member of Sweet Adelines International and will no doubt delight those who gather to hear their harmonizing.

Since forming in November 2008, Karen, Susann, Sharon, and Hannah have achieved many awards within their designated region and at international competitions. In October, the ladies will be heading to Denver to compete at the 2012 Sweet Adelines International Competition. To learn more about the quartet go to

The Municipality of Bluewater would like to invite all in the community to help them celebrate their duo Blue Flag designation by attending a Blue Flag Sunset Reading in the park that same evening at 8 p.m. The reading will also help highlight one of the Blue Flag status mandates to celebrate and support encouragement of sustainable tourism and environmental awareness. This reading is being held with the support of the Pioneer Park Association.

music at the barn 

Sunday marks the next in the series of shows in the “Music at the Barn” Concert Series.

Graham Nicholas, Alanna Gurr and Lowlands are scheduled for Aug. 26; Josh Geddis and Jenny Omnichord will bring the summer series to an end on Sept. 16.

Tickets are $14 in advance and $16 at the door. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, as there is limited seating.

For more information or tickets contact Danielle Durand at 519 993-3154. Or visit the following Facebook page: Tickets can also be purchased at


"In response to many villager requests, we now have a supply of a full-size copy of the Cameron Plan of the Town of Bayfield dated 1856 for sale,” said Bill Rowat, president of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS). “It measures 24 in. by 33 in. and shows the original cracklature (old paper marks) of the copy the Bayfield Archives has.”

According the BHS, the Honorable Malcolm Cameron had the map commissioned. He had purchased all the outstanding unsold lots from Baron Van Tuyll in 1854 and did a new survey after reducing the lot sizes from Van Tuyll's plan.

“For residents and cottagers looking for a record of the ownership of their properties, the lot numbers that are on this map are those registered in Ontario Registry Office records,” said Rowat.

The copies are selling for $50 each. This covers the cost of scanning, some minor touch-up, and printing. A smaller version of the map measuring 12 in. by 18 in. will also be available shortly. Orders for this smaller version can be taken by using the contact info below.

The Bayfield Archives on Main Street is open Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. Please contact Archivist Ralph Laviolette at 519 440-6206 or email him at

Optimist club

Celebrate the Labour Day Weekend, we refuse to say the end of summer, with the Bayfield Optimist Club as they present, “Open Mic” in Clan Gregor Square on Sept. 2. 

Musical performances, crafts for the kids and a barbecue will be offered from noon to 4 p.m. in the shade of the park. Donations will be gratefully accepted to help cover the cost of this family friendly event as well as future Optimist projects.

For more information call Optimist Tara Hessel at 519 524-0310 or to sign up a musical act please contact Jeff Graham at 519 955-6144.

cph auxiliary

For many Bayfield residents Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) is their choice for healthcare and therefore the work of the Auxiliary to the CPH should be of interest.

The Auxiliary to the CPH will reconvene on Sept. 4th, at 9:30 a.m. at the new Clinton Fire Hall on Hwy. 4. Members are asked to note the change of day and location when organizing their calendars.

taste of huron

Bayfield’s own, Outside Projects, will be hosting an exhilarating Taste of Huron event on Sept. 2.

The Food Cycle Tour will depart from the Goderich Public Library, on Montreal Street early in the morning. Outside Projects will lead cyclists through the Huron County countryside to Bayfield. Following a tour of the village, cyclists will travel down Orchard Line to the Bayfield Berry Farm for a local food lunch.

After rejuvenating with good food and conversation at the farm, participants will cycle over to Benmiller. They will stop at the Benmiller Inn for light refreshments before returning to Goderich to complete the cycling tour of Huron County’s countryside and coastline.

The Food Cycle Tour will depart from the Goderich library at 8:25 a.m. and return at 3:30 p.m. The cost is $50 per person (including lunch and refreshments) or $70 (with bike rental). Call Outside Projects for reservations at 519 565-4034 or email The deadline for reservations is noon on Aug. 31.

To learn more about all the Labour Day events being offered during Taste of Huron visit their website at

Authors' visit

Six Canadian mystery authors from Western Ontario will be on hand for a Meet and Greet at The Village Bookshop on the afternoon of Aug. 29.

The authors scheduled to appear at this free event from 2-4 p.m. are: Catherine Astolfo, author of the Emily Taylor Mystery series centered on an elementary school principal who becomes a reluctant sleuth. Janet Bolin, author of the Threadville Mystery series. M. H. Callway, an award-winning mystery short story writer. Melodie Campbell, finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story. Irene Gargantini who writes under the pen name Rene Natan and Nancy Lindquist, the award-winning author of the Manziuk and Ryan Mysteries, and the Circle of Friends coming-of-age series, among others.

bayfield concert series

Canadian singer-song writers are the focus of the Bayfield Concert Series and the artists recently announced to appear at the Bayfield Town Hall over the next six months are all highly qualified.

Meades Bros. Productions will present four shows from Sept. 2012 to Feb. 2013. The schedule includes: Jeremy Fisher with Rose Cousins on Sept. 20; Basia Bulat, Oct. 18; Juno Award Winner, Meaghan Smith, Dec. 6; and multiple Juno Award Winner, Sarah Slean, Feb. 15.

Om Yoga Studio in Grand Bend is sponsoring the Fisher and Smith concerts, with London Life acting as sponsors for the Bulat and Slean shows. The first three concerts are priced at $30 a person while the Slean show is $40.

All shows begin at 8:30 p.m. with doors to the town hall opening at 8 p.m. Tickets (with the exception of the Slean performance) are available now from They can also be purchased in Bayfield at The Black Dog Pub and Bistro or Luxe Clothing Co.

town hall 

Renowned ragtime pianist and raconteur, Bob Milne, will be returning to the Bayfield Town Hall for a performance on Sept. 15.

Milne is an outstanding pianist specializing in ragtime, boogie-woogie and the player piano styles of the turn-of-the-century. He is highly sought after not only as a performer but also as a lecturer and educator in the field of ragtime, improvisation, music theory and history.

For three days in 2004, Milne was filmed during a series of interviews at the United States Library of Congress, so that his knowledge and talent would be documented for future generations. At the conclusion, he was declared, “a national treasure”.

Milne will begin to tickle the ivories at 8 p.m. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are selling for $20 and are available now by calling Charlie Kalbfleisch at 519 565-2244 or All proceeds from the concert will go toward the maintenance of The Bayfield Town Hall.

The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society would like to thank OLG for their generous sponsorship of this event.

walking tour

Whether people are just visiting or have taken up residence in the village all can appreciate the town’s history better after taken a Historic Walking Tour with a knowledgeable guide

From now until the end of August, on Saturdays at 1p.m. members of the Bayfield Historical Society lead informative and leisurely walking tours through the village's heritage district.

Participants will learn about the history of the area, the ghosts, the fires and the fascinating characters who helped shape this village.

There is a $10 fee per person for the walking tour. This money is used to support The Bayfield Archives. Walks can also be arranged by appointment, by calling 519 440-6206.

fitness fun

Pickle Ball is the fastest growing sport for seniors and is gaining in popularity here in Bayfield. It can be described as a combination of badminton, tennis and ping-pong.

As of Aug. 30, Pickle Ball will move to Thursdays at the Stanley Complex in Varna at 7 p.m. same time, same place. There is no experience necessary and the cost is $3 per evening. For more information call 519 440-2120.

One Care sponsored Pole Walking is a popular fitness opportunity in Bayfield. Anyone wishing an introductory lesson or other info should call 519 565-2202 or 519 565-5638. There is no charge for this and poles can be provided.

Sundays, Co-ed Pole Walking, at 9 a.m. continues for August, in addition to the usual walks for women that are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays and walks for men Mondays and Fridays. The start time is 8:30 a.m. Virtual Pole Walking is the newest activity being offered. People are welcome to join the Pole Walking group on Tuesday and Thursday morning at 8:30 a .m. and don't need to use poles. Those who attend will be broken up into several groups so everyone can walk at a pace they enjoy. After walking, 10 minutes of stretches are conducted in beautiful Clan Gregor Square.

Pole Walkers should mark Sept. 16 on their calendars as they might like to join in the Terry Fox Run.
Wednesday Wheels is now rolling! Folks can join others in a 20 KM casual bike ride starting at 8:25 a.m.

All walks and cycling will begin from 6 Main Street.

One Care continues to sponsor several programs for both men and women to keep up with their desire to stay fit.

Dancefit and Toning classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The classes are held at the Bayfield Community Centre. The cost is $4 per class.

The Sit and Get Fit classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. On Fridays a Gentle Stretch Class is offered at 10:15 a.m. Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre and cost $2 per class.

A Gentle Yoga Class is held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost is $4 per class and participants are asked to bring a yoga mat.

Summer Outdoor Yoga, sponsored by the Pioneer Park Association, is held on Thursdays in Pioneer Park at 8:30 a.m. The sessions are free of charge and open to people 13 years of age and up. An adult must accompany any minors that attend. There is a limit of 20 people per class and it is proving to be very popular so it is best to arrive early. In fact, all participants are asked to arrive 10 minutes early for every class to register and sign a waiver.

For more information on the above exercise opportunities call 519 565-2202 or 519 565-5638

For those people looking to exercise their minds, Women’s Bridge is played every Wednesday at 1 p.m. No partner needed to play the cost is $1.50 per game. For more information call Brenda Blair at 519 565-2881. Bridge is played at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

Boot Camp has come to Bayfield due to the efforts of fitness enthusiast, Kaylie Ginn. She plans to offer a large variety of exercises to keep things interesting and challenging. She will be incorporating strength training, cardio, yoga, plyometrics, kick-boxing, interval training and more. One-hour sessions are held Monday to Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square.

Each session of the Bayfield Boot Camp costs $10, or a weekly pass can be purchased for $30. First sessions will be free. Participants should wear proper footwear, bring a bottle of water and a yoga mat or towel. Participants should arrive 15 minutes before their first session so that Ginn can learn their workout history. For information contact Ginn at 519 525-1959. 

Ratepayers' Association

The Bayfield Ratepayers’ Association (BRA) represents the interests of village residents to the Municipality of Bluewater Council.

The next meeting of the BRA has been scheduled for Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. All citizens are invited to attend.

BRA meeting dates can be found on the notice board by the new Library Complex construction site and on the BRA website at





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Remax Bluewater Realty had a float in the parade that featured three square dancing young ladies. From l-r: Jill Dennomme, Marlese Coombs and Blayne Dennomme swing about.

Better Mustangs, of Bayfield, had several fellow Mustang fans join in the parade, creating a line of cars that almost stretched clear up Main Street.

Snippety the Clown was a colorful addition to the parade. Later at the fair she was kept busy painting faces and handing out balloon animals.


Paul Bunyan Campground had a very clever entry in the 2012 Bayfield Fall Fair Parade.

The Egerton Beach community had a lot of fun with their entry but were they cowboys or pirates? Perhaps their sign said it best, " We're the New Cowboys in Town and We Arrrrnt Horsin' Around."

This gentleman drove an Oliver 70 Row Crop tractor in the parade.

The Bayfield Fall Fair Parade wouldn't be the same without representation from the Bluewater Shrine Club.

A member of the Bluewater Mocha Shrine Club Fire Brigade handed out lollipops to children along the route.

The Mocha Jeepsters were out in full force at the Bayfield Fall Fair parade held on Aug. 18.


Suddenly this weekend there was a hint of autumn in the air – perfect timing as the Bayfield Fall Fair Parade was held on the morning of Aug. 18. The parade made its way along Main and John Streets at the stroke of 11 o’clock and at its end folks were encouraged to follow along to Agriculture Park for the 156th Bayfield Fall Fair.

The Parade Marshalls this year were Keith Fryer and Ted Vander Wouden. Both men are Honorary Members of the Bayfield Agricultural Society and have worked for many years to ensure the fair always remains a crowd pleaser. The Municipality of Bluewater and the Bayfield Lions Club were the parade sponsors.

Cars and candy were standout elements in this year’s parade. Better Mustangs, of Bayfield, had a contingent of vintage Mustangs out for the parade – so many in fact, people tended to lose count. Plus the Mocha Jeepsters Unit had several gleaming, bright red convertibles on hand. And children went away with bulging pockets as so many entries handed out candy to those gathered to watch the spectacle.

Two bands performed for the crowds as they walked along the route nicely spaced between vintage vehicles and tractors, campground floats and youngsters on decorated bicycles. The Stratford Police Band and the Clinton Legion Pipe Band 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, Bluewater Shrine Club Fire Brigade, Mocha Temple Road Runners, and the aforementioned Mocha Jeepsters Unit.

And of course it wouldn’t’ be a Bayfield Fall Fair parade with out riders on horseback. This year a crew of two was left at the “Tail End” to clean up after the horses – adding a bit of small town humor to the parade for visitors.

Editor’s Note: Remember Me will return next issue.

The Bayfield Optimist Club were represented by children of all ages in the parade. The youth were busy enthusiastically handing out candy, riding bikes and tooting horns!

A member of the Royal Canadian Legion Clinton Branch 140 Pipe Band performs with flair.

The Pioneer Park Association was well represented in the parade.

Steve Jenkins, from Porters Hill Productions of Bayfield, had a few friends on board his tractor as he drove in the parade.

Huron County Queen of the Furrow for 2011, Samantha Klaver, graced the fair with her regal presence.

Members of the Mocha Temple Road Runners can't help but have fun when participating in a parade.




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Bayfield fall fair 2012 Part II 

chickens, hawks, sheep, cows...oh, and horses too! they were all at the fair


Two year-old Jackson Hivert, of Waterloo, was introduced to his first calf on Sunday afternoon at the fair. "Tucker" was a member of the Old MacDonald's Farm petting zoo - a hit with folks of all ages.

Friday night, Outside Projects on Main Street, brought participants from their recent Extreme Art and Adventure Camp to the fairgrounds for a skateboard and stunt bike demonstration. Odin Hessel (left) and Max Dupuis showed the crowd a trick or two.

The South-Central Huron Dairy 4H Achievement Day was held on Saturday at the fair. Members of the Central Huron Dairy Club took the highest honors, including, Allana Beuermann, of Dublin, who earned the title, "Reserve Champion Showmanship" and Tyler Westbrook, of Goderich, who took "Champion Showmanship".

Carol Stephenson, of Varna, and her grandson, Chase Stephenson, enjoyed the view from the ferris wheel on Saturday afternoon.

Phoebe (left) and Violet King, visiting from Michigan, seemed to enjoy whirling about on this midway ride on Saturday afternoon.

Karen Wiley (right), of Pawsitive Effects Training Solutions, and Regan Middegaam, put "Izzy" through his paces during the Chicken Training Demonstration on Saturday afternoon. A generous crowd gathered to discover why training a chicken can improve teaching and management skills of human students or employees as well as the training of any other species.

Nikki Youngbult, of Ladyhawk Falconry, of London, ON, brought two Harris Hawks to the fair for two presentations on Saturday afternoon. The crowds gathered were very interested in learning about Odin (pictured) and Echo.

Horsin' Around in 2012 was an appropriate theme for this year's fair, it obviously pertained to Mules as well.

Rice Farms' team of Percherons were shown in the Lady Driver Competition, Sunday afternoon in the Main Show Ring.



“Horsin’ Around in 2012” is now history and it should go down in the record books as a picture perfect fair!

The weather certainly cooperated offering three days, from Aug. 17-19, of sunshine and warm temperatures minus the humidity.

The Bayfield Fall Fair wasn’t all about “horse play” as this year’s theme might indicate. There were several educational aspects provided too.

People were given the opportunity to learn about the art of Falconry as well as why training a chicken can help develop management skills. Folks who had never been close to a cow or a sheep before could do so during the competitions put on by the 4H Clubs. They could also snuggle up with a bunny or pet a miniature horse at the Old MacDonald’s Farm Petting Zoo.

A small community can’t put on an agricultural fair for 156 years without some extraordinary, longtime volunteers and participants. President of the Bayfield Agricultural Society, Doug Yeo recognized two such individuals on the weekend.

Helen Turner received a Longtime Exhibitor Award from Bayfield Agricultural Society President, Doug Yeo, on Sunday afternoon. Turner, who is in her mid-90s, has been exhibiting flowers at the fair for 50 years. (Photo by Jack Pal)

“I presented two ribbons this year for longtime service or participation to the Bayfield Fair. Friday afternoon a ribbon and certificate was presented to John Gardner for longtime judging at the fair. He has judged vegetables, fruit and field crops for 36 years,” said Yeo. “In his response, John said the Bayfield Fair was the first fair that he judged when he worked for the Ministry of Agriculture. He used it as the standard for all fairs.”

Gardner also noted that he always enjoyed the quality of the entries and energy of the fair.

Yeo also presented Helen Turner, who is in her mid-90s, with a ribbon and certificate for longtime exhibiting at the fair. She has brought entries for over 50 years. In more recent years, she has received some assistance in getting her entries to the fair but still brings exquisite arrangements. She was also recognized for her prize-winning vegetables in past years.

“When shown the ribbon, Helen responded with the observation that maybe that was a signal to bring to an end her years of exhibiting,” said Yeo. “She was then given a gift certificate to buy seeds at a seed company with the expressed purpose and suggestion to get her materials for next year's exhibits.”

Yeo commented that Turner’s family and fellow exhibitors are so very proud of her enthusiasm and top-notch work.

Hayden Hessel, of Bayfield, bravely steps up.


Saturday afternoon the wee ones took centre stage at the Baby Show. Charlie Stover, nine months, earned the title, "Cutest Eyes". His mom, Emma Nolan, of Bayfield, completely agreed with the judges' decision.


Katie Warren, nine months, was presented with the "cutest smile" award during the seven to 12 month portion of the Baby Show. Some folks might say she got that smile from her mom, Karla. The duo were visiting from Oakville, ON.


4H events are a big part of Saturday at the fair. The South-Central Huron Dairy 4H Achievement Day and the Huron County 4H Sheep Club Competition collided when the champions from both clubs were invited to share their knowledge for showing their preferred livestock. Here, Tyler Westbrook (right), of the Central Huron Dairy Club, imparted pertinent information to Graham Finlay of the Lucknow Sheep Club.


Hollie Evans, of the Lucknow Sheep Club, earned the title, "Champion Reserve Showman" at the Huron County 4H Club Sheep Competition held at the Bayfield Fall Fair on Saturday.


Bayfield fall fair 19082012
Cope Amusements provided midway fun from Thursday through to Sunday. (Photo by Cate Cuerden)





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Faces of the Fair...By Jack Pal and Cate Cuerden.

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Melody Falconer-Pounder


On Sunday morning I overheard someone explain, “Goderich had a tornado, when?” It was kind of unfathomable that there was an individual visiting Bayfield that hadn’t heard about it. But to be fair it has remained at the forefront of our local universe for the last 366 days.

Earlier in the summer I encountered tourists from Europe that weren’t all that impressed with Goderich. I found myself defending my old hometown, explaining that an F3 Tornado had ripped through its heart uprooting much of the tree landscape and destroying homes and businesses. They still didn’t seem to grasp how far they’ve come in such a short period of time.

But I do. I’m so proud of our neighbors. Take a walk around The Square and concentrate on the businesses – many are putting their best face forward with refaced brick and fresh coats of paint. The new builds going on are taking heritage into consideration and blending into the fabric like they’ve always been there.

The Courthouse Park still makes me tear up when I look at it but I know that in time it will begin to look like the welcoming park of old and maybe even better too!

So much has been accomplished but there is still so much more that can be done. One of the places devastated by the tornado that few people may be aware of is the area behind the Maitland Cemetery – there used to be a beautiful walking trail there – well the trail is now quite visible as the tornado literally ripped a swath along it. No more trees just devastation. TD Friends of the Environment, along with the local community, are planning a tree-planting event there on the afternoon of Sept. 23. They have a goal of planting 900 trees. Members and families of Bayfield Guiding will be there and so can you. Just visit and register! It should prove to be a positive way to mark the anniversary of the F3 Tornado that struck on Aug. 21, 2011. - Melody


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