TURTLEFEST I T ’ S T I M E F O R An unforgettable weekend full of family fun

W hat’s guaranteed to get your toes tappin’, your kids smilin’ and your dogs flyin’? Why Turtle- fest, of course. Now celebrating its seventh year, Turtlefest (June 16-18) has become a Father’s Day weekend tradition in Tillsonburg. “We’ve got three full days of fun lined up,” says Turtlefest’s Les An- derson. “We kick things off with the Downtown Block Party on Friday night and then spread out to a va- riety of locations on Saturday and Sunday. As always, there will be plenty for the kids, but lots to keep adults entertained as well.” Friday, June 16 Downtown Tillsonburg is known for having one of the widest main streets in Ontario which makes it the perfect venue for a giant street party. “We’re really excited about the new street performers that are go- ing to be joining us,” says Virginia Armstrong, Executive Director of the BIA. The Hockey Circus Show is a family-friendly hockey tribute show that combines acrobatics, juggling, and one-of-a-kind circus stunts into three periods of ‘arena’ rocking fun. Also new this year is Flightless

Floyd, a snack-stealing, wise-crack- ing giant ostrich. “Brant the Fire Guy is always a crowd favourite, and we’ll have the hula hoopers back to show their stuff as well,” Armstrong adds. Down at the south end of Broad- way, the Country 107.3 stage will host some of the biggest names in Ontario country music, including Langton darlings Small Town Girls. Western Swing Authority, Eric Eth- ridge and Marshall Dane. “We encourage people to make a night of it,” says Armstrong. “We’re so proud of what Country 107.3 has

achieved these past few years, and this is a great opportunity to come and celebrate with them.” Saturday, June 17 “There are three venues to visit on Saturday including the Station Arts Centre, Annandale NHS and Memo- rial Park,” says Anderson. The Station Arts Centre will kick things off in the morning with the traditional Turtley Treats Baking Contest, and in the afternoon, An- nandale NHS will host free activities on their lawn, as well as a turtle- count and Turtle Tea inside.


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