Woodstock, ON – The 3rd annual turtlefest is now two days and kicks off with a downtown block party on Friday, June 14, followed by downtown events like the creative imaginations festival and crafts and games at the Annandale museum on Saturday June 15.
The fairgrounds are the main event on Saturday with a midway, car show, vendors, water park and all day entertainment. Challenge your colleagues or your competition to a friendly turtle race on Lake Lisgar by visiting turtlefest.ca
“Turtlefest is proud to be expanding its relationship with the Downtown Business Improvement Association in order to extend the festival to two days” says Patricia Phelps, Turtlefest Committee member and Curator for the Annandale National Historic Site, “and the Downtown Block Party is certainly a unique way to kick off the festival and lead into all of the great events taking place on Saturday”.
The main events are scheduled as follows:
Friday, June 14
5 PM to Midnight - Turtlefest Parade, Downtown Block Party with street games, music performances (country, folk and dance) and services!
Saturday, June 15
8 AM – Noon Farmers Market
10 AM – Noon Turtle Treats Baking Contents at the Station Arts Centre
10 AM – 3 PM Crafts, Games & Live Turtles (at 1 PM) @ Annandale Museum
11 AM – 2 PM Creative Imaginations Festival @ Bridge and Broadway (lot north of Kelsey’s)
10 AM – 6 PM Lake Lisgar/Fairgrounds Main Event – Midway, Bouncy Castles, Turtle Canoe Races, Craft Vendors, Turtle Swim, Rowing Regatta, and all day musical entertainment (country, folk and dance performances)
6 PM – 10 PM Rock n’ Roll Entertainment
Turtlefest is based on a legendary promise by Tillsonburg’s founder, George Tillson, to return one day as a turtle to see how his town was prospering. Several years after his passing, a giant turtle was found on the banks of the Otter Creek near the Tillson homestead. Remembering his promise, Tillsonburg citizens brought the turtle to the downtown area and everyone was invited to come and see “George” and let him know how the town was doing. It’s been over a hundred and thirty years since this event and Tillsonburg is still growing. With over 4,500 attendees in 2012, we are inviting everybody to visit Tillsonburg on June 14 – 15 to enjoy Tillsonburg’s newest community festival!
Directions: Travelling from Hwy 401 take exit 218 and travel south to Tillsonburg.
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For more information, please contact:
Tillsonburg’s Turtle Festival