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Debbie Lingen

Verona News

by Debbie Lingen

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Published August 4, 2011

IT'S HERE!! The Verona Cattail Festival!

After months of hard work and preparation, the fun is about to start. The Verona Cattail Festival features three days of outstanding music on stage. But wait, there's a lot more. A Classic Cars Show, Helicopter Rides, Antique Engine displays, Red Green Duct Tape Boat Races, Soap Box Derby, Marketplace vendors, Kids Crafts Table, children's entertainment, and the list goes on. This will be an exciting weekend for the whole family.

Watch out for Dinosaurs, Dragons and Ducks on Saturday morning. The Festival Parade is on Saturday starting at 10 am. Highway 38 will be closed off to all vehicular traffic (from the north end of Verona to Verona Sand Road) from 10 am to 10:30 am. Arrive early to get a good viewing spot for the parade. There will be bleachers set up along Verona Sand Road at the Lions Centre for viewers to watch the parade enter the festival location.

I have heard from many readers about the Festival Entertainment this year and I have to agree, it is one of the most exciting line-ups we have ever had. 14 phenomenal groups spread over three days. From a Friday headliner with Blues singer Ila Vann continuing to the blockbuster Sunday with the two closing bands of Luthor Wright and Kelly Trottier, it is impossible to pick favourites. Come early and get good seats. This will be three days you will never forget!

The Local Family Farms Store will host the Frontenac Cattleman's Association Annual Local Beef Promo day on Saturday, August 6 from 10 am to 3 pm. Meet Frontenac County Beef Farmers. Come loaded with questions! Visit the live cattle displays. See our region's variety of cattle breeds. Members of Frontenac 4H Clubs will serve up local beef burgers fresh off the grill. Visit the 4H display and other Agricultural Booths. A shuttle service will run every half-hour connecting the Verona Cattail Festival with this event.

Sunday will be a busy day for Highway 38. Be on the watch for bicyclists. For the first time in its history, a Quebec cycling event, the Grand Tour Desjardins, will take place in Ontario. From August 6 to 12, they will travel along the Rideau Heritage Route and through the Thousand Islands region. On Sunday August 7, they will be stopping in Verona for a lunch stop at Prince Charles Public School.

Music in the Park, a free summer concert will be held on Sunday August 14 from 2 to 4 pm at McMullen Park and Beach. Come and enjoy the lyrical voice of Low Raine as she sings music from the 60's to current. What a perfect way to spend a lazy summer day. This concert is a free event courtesy of the Verona Community Association. Refreshments available. Bring a lawn chair. Free admission. Free parking.

Debbie Lingen

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