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Adopt-A-Barrel 2013
Flower Growing

Debbie Lingen

Verona News

by Debbie Lingen

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Published August 26, 2010

The barrels have been judged. This summer, Verona has been full of colour. Businesses and residents decorated 39 flower barrels that line Main St. All summer these barrels have been lovingly maintained, weeds pulled and barrels watered. We have watched these barrels blossom and enjoyed seeing Verona beautified. This was all part of Verona's first flower barrel contest and the fruits of the contestants' labours are about to be rewarded. The winners will be announced at the Verona Garlic Festival on September 4. There are a few surprises in store and everyone is invited to be on hand to join the festivities.

I am looking forward to the Fourth Annual Garlic Festival. Vendors from all over Eastern Ontario and The Frontenac Farmer's Market will offer you your year's supply of over 17 varieties of fresh garlic along with braids, sauces, spreads and growing tips. Sample great food, featuring remarkable beef from The Frontenac Cattlemen's Association, fabulous sausage from Hanover Farms, breakfast, dogs and fries from the Verona Lions Kitchen. There will be farm-fresh corn, soups, vegetables, jams, preserves, local honey, maple syrup, garlic nibblers and baking from the Frontenac Farmer's Market. The festival will also offer a children's centre with arts, crafts, activities, a miniature train ride and mini-golf.

Once again, the Verona Garlic Festival proudly hosts the Eastern Ontario Garlic Awards, with prizes for the best single bulb, 12-variety display, educational display and braid. For Awards information call Paul Pospisil, Director, 613-273-5683. There is still room for a few more vendors. For further information call John McDougall at 613-374-2516 or email The festival will be open rain or shine, outdoors or indoors at the Verona Lions Hall, 4505 Verona Sand Road, Saturday September 4th, 9am to 2 p.m.

The 15th Annual Cattail Festival is now a sweet memory. However preparations are already in the works for next year's festival. Lee Casement, who played such a vital role in booking our entertainment this year and making sure all ran smoothly behind the scenes, is working with Matt Clow and Tom Revell, to prepare another exciting lineup for next year. Kudos to these three hardworking volunteers, Matt, Tom and Lee, who committed so much of their time and effort to make this year's festival a great entertainment success.

I am whispering this to ease the shock, but September is almost here. Already parents are shopping for school supplies and the kids are eagerly anticipating new teachers and new classes. September is the startup of clubs and organizations and now is the time to let everyone know when these events begin. The Verona website is a great place to let people know about your events, and to keep up with what's happening in Verona - and it's all free! Log onto to list your events or contact me and I will make sure it goes on the website.

Debbie Lingen

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