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Current events from our area for September 2014


Visit one of many Muskoka fall fairs
See a horse show or compete in an animal calling competition at a Muskoka area fall fair.

Severn Bridge is the first fair of the season on Sept. 6. Come out and experience an old-fashioned country fair located just south of Gravenhurst.

This year’s fair president Trudi (Manson) Killin says four generations of her family have been involved in the 141-year-old event.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for youth and children are free. On-site parking is included with admission. (www.severnfair.org)

 Gates open at 9 a.m. and the day includes exhibit hall displays, a horse show, musical acts, a talent showcase, face painting, a dog agility demonstration and more.

New this year is the farm calling contest for competitors of all ages. “You are invited to imitate a farm animal,” says Killin. “There will be five in all, maybe a pig or rooster.” 

The Miss Moppet and country squire contest and baby contest are always popular. The day ends with a corn roast.

The next weekend Bracebridge is host to three days of fair fun from Sept. 12 to 14. 

The 147th Bracebridge Fall Fair & Horse Show takes place at the J.D. Lang Activity Park.

It all starts Friday night at 5 p.m. when the grounds and buildings open, then the midway opens at 6 p.m.

The antique tractor pull takes place that first night, starting at 7 p.m.

Both Saturday and Sunday morning begin with a pancake and sausage breakfast.  Livestock shows  take place both days and exhibits are open for  all to see. The Old Tyme Square Dance is a Saturday night highlight and the Sunday Birds of Prey shows are sure to be popular.

Rounding out the autumn season is the Huntsville Fall Fair running from Sept. 19 to Sept. 21 in Huntsville.

The family event offers a midway, a Western horse show on Saturday, live entertainment and more.



Enjoy a starry night

The Muskoka Family Star Party returns on Sept. 27.

“Last year we had about 325 people and it was a wet, rainy night,” says organizer Gary Flaherty. He’s anticipating better weather and even more people.

Francois van Heerden, a director with the Royal Canadian Astronomical Society will speak at the Gravenhurst Opera House at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome and there is no fee for admission.

Following that, people will be heading out to the Gravenhurst KOA campground and the Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Reserve. At the KOA there will be equipment and people ready to assist those new to star watching.

“It’s a new moon,” says Flaherty of the date chosen. “We don’t want bright light when we are looking at stars.”



See artists at work

The Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour returns for its 36th year. Artists are opening their studios so guests can see the art created.

This year’s event features 19 studios and runs Sept. 27-28 and Oct. 4-5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Many studios feature the work of husband and wife teams, so guests will see two artists at some studios. New artists this year are Bracebridge woodturner Sue Pritchard and Gravenhurst painter Linda Potts.

“The tour this year is a wonderful mix of veteran and mid-career artists, providing visitors with a comprehensive cross section of the area’s finest artists and craftspeople,” says artist and tour member Miranda Britton. “While craft shows are more of a retail experience, focused on the end product, the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour gives the public an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the techniques, time and materials involved in the creative process.”

Visitors will have the opportunity to watch demonstrations and discuss techniques and inspiration in more detail than they would in another setting. “It truly is an educational experience.”

Autumn custom car show takes to Huntsville streets

Car lovers everywhere have the opportunity to view a variety of vehicles, kept in great condition by caring owners, during the 12th annual Shades of Autumn Antique, Classic and Custom Car Show in Huntsville on Sept. 13.

Co-hosted by the Downtown Huntsville BIA and the Muskoka Nights car club, the daylong event takes place on a closed-to-traffic Main Street and will feature 300 exhibits up and down the main drag, trophies and door prizes.

The one-day car show is sure to please all those who are passionate about four-wheeled vehicles.

The show will feature trophies for various models sponsored by numerous Huntsville car dealerships and businesses, including the coveted People’s Choice Award.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and visitors to the car show vote for their favourite vehicle between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Winners for all trophies are announced at 4:30 p.m.



Celebrate 50 years of BeatleMania   

A 50th anniversary BeatleMania show is coming to Bracebridge.

Young and old can enjoy the songs made famous by the Beatles on Saturday, Sept. 6. The concert features 30 of their famous hits. 

The show begins with the famous Ed Sullivan television appearance on 1964. During the concert, every era is explored and multiple costume changes add to the experience.

The show takes place at the Rene M. Caisse Theatre.

Huntsville Ironman 70.3 returns  

Hardcore athletes will enjoy the Ironman 70.3 Muskoka when it returns to Huntsville on Sept. 7. 

“We call this race course the beauty and the beast,” says Dr. Rich Trenholm of TriMuskoka, an organization that advocates for triathlons and endurance sport in Muskoka. Participants enjoy the beautiful Muskoka scenery but also face a challenging course. 

The 70.3 is half the distance of a full Ironman, with a 1.9 km swim in Peninsula Lake, a 94 km bike ride around Lake of Bays and a 13.1 km run that heads out from base Deerhurst, downtown and back to Deerhurst again.

“It is one of the toughest bike courses,” says Trenholm of the Ironman circuit. “People come here for the challenge.”

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