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Debbie Lingen

Verona News

by Debbie Lingen

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Published July 22, 2010

The Frontenac Old Time Music Championship will be held at the Bedford Hall, 1381 Westport Road on July 24th and 25th. Enter early for the "Singing, Fiddle, Guitar, Banjo & Mandolin Competition" which is open to all ages. Participate in the "Fiddle and Guitar All Day Workshops". Register early - limited space. For more info visit the website or call Joan Shepherd at 613-374-5477.

Two more weeks and the Verona Cattail Festival will be here. An exciting three days, August 6, 7 and 8th, are planned. The three days of entertainment will cover a wide range of tastes- from country to rock and roll, from celtic music to gospel. Just some of the many highlights will be Luthor Wright and The Wrongs (modern bluegrass), Wascal Bratts ( Rascal Flats Tribute) and Tom Revel with his new studio band Downtown Traces. By popular demand, Mike Menor and the Hillbilly Cats, will return Sunday afternoon with their Elvis tribute. 12 exciting bands over three days for only the price of admission of $ 5.00. (children 12 and under are free) What an incredible deal!

And there is so much more! The festival is a busy three days packed with activities, music, entertainment, and lots to eat. Starting with the Friday evening parade, the weekend continues with the Classic Car Show, Antique Engine displays, Marketplace vendors, Artisan Displays, Pancake Breakfast, Fish Fry, Ecumenical Service and a canteen serving a diverse selection of foods.

Everyone in the family will have something to do. The festival provides lots of fun and excitement for the children. Crafts to do all day, petting zoo, maze, train rides, a story telling tent, and 9-hole mini putt golf. They can watch or participate in the Red Green Cardboard and Duct Tape Boat Races, the Soapbox Derby or the Dog Show.

The bandstand and the majority of the events will now be held at the festival's new location, the Verona Lion's Center on Verona Sand Road. You will be very happy with this new location. The new pavilion and the many large tents that will be set up will provide shade and protection from the elements. The enhanced nighttime lighting of the Lion's Center will allow increased enjoyment of the evening musical entertainment and activities. The fully equipped indoor kitchen and canteen will provide a wider selection of food, including a more health conscious menu. The festival is now fully accessible to persons with disabilities.

And let's not forget the prizes. There will be prizes for best costumes and floats for the Friday night parade. By filling out the coupon attached to your admission wristband, you are also eligible for entrance prizes drawn throughout the weekend. At Sunday afternoon's closing ceremonies, two festival sponsors will provide free bikes for two lucky children who are on the grounds.

For a complete schedule of what is going on each day, visit the website Bring the whole family to the Verona Cattail Festival for an experience you will always remember.

Debbie Lingen

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