On June 19, 20 & 21, Tillsonburg will be celebrating the fifth annual Tillsonburg Turtlefest, a three day festival that features live turtles, entertainment, games, prizes and much more.
Kicking off with the Friday night block party, visitors can be entertained with live music, a magic show and get to know local businesses and groups as all come out with fun activities to take part in the festival.
On Saturday, families can enjoy turtley fun at an affordable rate all over town including a one-price activities extravaganza at the Memorial Park fairgrounds, free fun at Annandale NHS and much more at Lake Lisgar and the Tillsonburg Station Arts Centre. Finally, on Sunday, dog lovers and athletes alike can relax and watch the Ultimate Air Dogs Show.
Friday Activities Include:
Block Party featuring local vendors and groups on Broadway
Opening Ceremonies in the Metro parking lot featuring cake, music, exotic animals and magic
Contests & Games: Human foosball, hula hoop contest, silent auction
TurtleFest Stage – Live Shows starting at 7:30pm
Saturday Activities Include:
Lions Club Pancake Breakfast
Annandale NHS: turtle sculpture with Nick Blandin, free games and crafts, Turtle Tea, live animal display, historic walking tour, Turtle Tales, Book Signing/Reading, Ice Cream Booth
Memorial Park/ Fairgrounds: live entertainment, vendor market Ultimate Air Dogs competition, inflatables, hot air balloon rides, Creative Imaginations Festival reptile display and crafts, outdoor movie, Pre-Teen Dance
Crompton's Home Hardware: Turtle Races and BBQ
Lake Lisgar: Turtle Canoe Races, regatta, Water Rescue Demo
Memorial Arena: Roller Skating
Sunday Activities Include:
Ultimate Air Dogs Show at Memorial Park/Fairgrounds
Suzanne Fleet, Turtlefest Committee
“The 5th. annual Turtlefest will be bigger and better than ever before! Lots to see and do on Friday, June 19 at the Block Party on Broadway and Saturday, June 20 at Memorial Park/Fairgrounds. Be sure to check out the Ultimate Air Dog show on Saturday and again on Sunday at Memorial Park. The Ultimate Air Dog show will be the only event on Sunday."
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.
About Tourism Oxford
Based in Oxford County, Ontario, Canada, Tourism Oxford, connects visitors and residents to local attractions, restaurants and accommodations. Also, it is the home of Oxford Fresh, a group of chefs, restaurants and food producers dedicated to the promotion of local food; and to the Oxford County Cheese Trail, where visitors can travel through the heart of Canada’s Dairy Capital.