Bayshore Broadcasting Corporation
News Centre

News Centre

Friday, January 19, 2018

Countdown to Wiarton Willie Festival

Wiarton | by John Divinski  

Organizers say this year's event will be far better than last year's with plenty of things to do

Regan McKenzie admits last year's Wiarton Willie Festival was "lacking."

McKenzie is a member of the festival organizing committee and daughter of the founder of the event "Mac" McKenzie.

She was speaking to South Bruce Peninsula council on Tuesday, January 16th, asking for the town to support the event by covering insurance costs of just over $1,300.

Council approved the request.

After the vote, McKenzie tells Bayshore Broadcasting News, this year's event will be far better than last year's with plenty of things to do.

She says among other things, there will be horse drawn sleigh rides; snowman building, hockey shoot-outs and food vendors to keep everyone fed.

Mckenzie says she was "devastated" last year when people, who had brought families from Toronto for the event, complained there was nothing to do afterwards.

She says "In previous years, we've had many activities and we had different groups running them but for reason last year, it fell through the crack and there weren't any activities in Bluewater Park."

McKenzie's father started the Wiarton Willie event years ago, to get people to come to the Wiarton area during the off-season.

Groundhog Day is three weeks away (FEB 2) and this year it also falls on a PD Day so organizers expect a huge crowd for the annual prognostication on the arrival of Spring.

share this story

Bayshore Broadcasting Corporation
© 2019 Bayshore Broadcasting Corporation

Web Site by Websmart Inc