Midland looking for sweet volunteers to help with festival

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The only thing that makes a butter tart sweeter is knowing that you helped make it possible.

Midland CAO David Denault brought attention to this summer’s biggest event for the town, Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival, during a recent meeting of the committee of the whole.

“June 11, we’re all really looking forward to celebrating like we have in the past,” exclaimed Denault. “There’s just so much work going on with that.”

Denault mentioned that a large amount of planning was going on for “our first major event coming out of – hopefully – the pandemic,” and made a request to residents who would like to volunteer.

“I signed up as a volunteer today,” stated Denault. “It’s a very easy process; you can pick your time-slot and it would really help the team to ensure that that event is just as fantastic as ever.”

Volunteer forms are available through the Butter Tart Festival website, which can be accessed via link or through a QR code to the same page. All volunteers will receive a festival t-shirt and voucher for lunch on the day of the event.

Festival organizers will be monitoring public health guidelines per the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival will be adhering to any and all mandates implemented by the province, the town and/or the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, should there be COVID-19 public health guidelines.

The event, which bills itself as Canada’s original and largest butter tart festival, will take place in the downtown core of Midland from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Since its inception in 2013 when butter tart bakers sold out of their precious goodies by 11 a.m., the festival has continued to grow and prosper.

The number of butter tarts available for sale increases each year (with 150,000 to 200,000 butter tarts available for sale this time around) as does attendance (65,000 butter tart lovers visited the town during the last festival in 2019).

For full information on Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival including questions about volunteering or difficulty in accessing the form, visit the official website or contact the organizers at 705-526-4275 ext. 3206.

Derek Howard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, MidlandToday.ca

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