It seems to be a tradition that every year on the weekend of the annual Williamsburg Fall Harvest Festival it always threatens to rain. This year, September 23-24, the weather again looked stormy, but, just in time, the rain held off and the fun of the Harvest Festival carried on. Just as always.
The 2011 Williamsburg Festival held throughout the weekend definitely offered up plenty for visitors of all ages to do and to enjoy starting with a hearty breakfast and ending with a barbecue dinner just before the dance at Matilda Hall.
New to this year’s fair was the ATV group ride organized by Tim Garlough. “This proved to pretty popular,” Garlough said. “We had 54 vehicles registered and about 75 people out to ride them. The route was all back country for 75 kilometres.”
Also very popular were the petting zoo, the flea markets, area vendors, rides and games and the arts and crafts show and sale at the J.W. MacIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre. There were plenty of prizes, courtesy of local businesses and individuals, for largest vegetables, best pies, carved pumpkins, decorated homes and amateur photography.
At noon, the annual Harvest parade began, led by the Firefighters and their mascot, Sparky. Riders on horseback, antique cars (and the Jensen 2011 harvester), floats and kids in costumes were enjoyed by the crowd. Music and some fancy baton work came courtesy of Studio C Dance. The 235 Air Cadets from Cornwall made their musical debut during the parade.
David Lapier, member of the Williamsburg Community Association, the volunteers who plan the festival, stressed that the Harvest tradition continues due to the great generosity of area businesses and the tireless work of local helpers.
Kids’ colouring contest:
youngest entry Charlotte Barrie and Liam Kelly
ages1-5: Sierra O’Neill, 1st, Abby Jean Wallace, 2nd.
ages 6-10 Raven Keeler, 1st, Kaylee Earle, 2nd.
age 11 and up: tied, Brittany and Stephanie Hutt
Honourable mention to Hillary Van Moorsel for her eye-catching turquoise squirrel.
Heaviest Potatos: Kayne McCadden, 1st, Bruce Whitteker, 2nd, Reed McCadden, 3rd
Heaviest Carrots: Julie Barkley, 1st, Madilyn Beckstead, 2nd, Carl Barkley, 3rd.
Largest Zucchini: Alfred St. Denis, 1st, Jenna Richmire, 2nd, Caleb Guering, 3rd.
Best Decorated House: Jaime Baldwin, 1st, Mary Lalonde, 2nd, Margaret Lewis, 3rd.
Best Decorated Pumpkin: Madison Chretien, 1st, Trudy Barkley, 2nd, Kassidy Chretien, 3rd.
Tallest Corn Stalk: Bruce Whitteker, 1st, Emma Pemberton, 2nd, Trudy Barkley, 3rd.
Largest Sunflower: Hailey Guerin, 1st, Grant McMillan, 2nd.
Trivia Winners: Hailey Guerin, 1st, Caleb Guerin, 2nd, Randy Seguin, 3rd.
six and under, Dryden Buter, 1st, Kloe Lewis, 2nd, Kyra Lewis, 3rd.
seven and up, Trudy Barkley, 1st, Katie Buter, 2nd, Lillly Lewis, 3rd.
five and under, Abby Steward, 1st, Kuris Steward, 2nd
six and up, Hailey Steward, 1st.
Best Centrepiece: Children, Trudy Barkley, 1st, Alexandra Richmire, 2nd, Mary Richmire, 3rd.
Apple Pie Judging: Lori Link, 1st, Debbie Disheau, 2nd, Thea Marion, 3rd.
Photo Contest: Landscape, George Kroll, 1st, Judy Barkley, 2nd, Bonnie Haner, 3rd
People, Carrie McCadden, 1st, Karin MacPherson, 2nd, Sandi Knight, 3rd.
Animals, Karin MacPherson, 1st, Kaitlin Casselman, 2nd, Sandi Knight, 3rd.
Allan Doherty Horsehoe Tournament: Lillian Markell and Morris Dusomos, 1st, Brian Witteveen and Stephen Harper, 2nd.
Best Commercial Float: Triple B Structures
Best Non-Commercial Float: Lyle Van Allen
Best Paraded Horse Entry: Sandy Marcellus
Best Individual Youth: Brandon Lovely
Best Youth Entry Individual: Williamsburg Otters and Timberwolves
Best Youth Group: Cardinal Studio C Dance
Best Paraded Vehicle: Lyal Kehoe