WALKERTON – On a hot, summer Friday, July 22, Walkerton’s downtown turned into a large street festival, with live music, entertainment for the younger set, and plenty to interest their parents.
Charity played a large part in the activities of Walkerton Streetfest. The owner of one of Walkerton’s newest businesses, For the Love of Ice, Gillian Simpson, offered people the chance to take the ice bath challenge, to raise funds for Saugeen Hospice Inc. The first person to step forward and spend three minutes in a tub filled with ice and water was James Lang, a member of Brockton council and a local firefighter.
Lang was also one of three firefighters who participated in a Busking for Bucko fundraiser, in partnership with Axe ‘N Gear Music. Camp Bucko is a burn camp for kids in Ontario, and a favourite charity supported by Ontario firefighters. Axe ‘N Gear owner Darryl Paterson, a retired 30-year firefighter from Guelph, said $600 was raised – a substantial amount, and a credit to a very caring community.
Camp Bucko burn camp for kids in Ontario is a camp open to burn survivors aged seven to 17. There is no fee for those attending.
The summer crew from Nuclear Innovation Institute set up outside the library and provided children with activities to explore. The library was the focal point for children’s fun, which included storytime and a kids’ obstacle course.
People had the chance to tour Victoria Jubilee Hall, a remarkable building that continues to play a key role in the downtown core, both as an architectural jewel, and a busy venue for musical and theatrical entertainment.
There was Petunia the Clown, a variety of sidewalk sales showcasing Walkerton’s vibrant downtown retail sector, treats – including some for canines, balloons and much more.
Brockton Mayor Chris Peabody commented that Walkerton Streetfest “exceeded expectations.” He commended Paulette Pierol and recreation department staff for their efforts in making this event so successful.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times