Tubie weekend, just around the buoy

 

Organizers for the Morrisburg Tubie Festival are hard at work planning activities for the 42nd annual event, which falls on the August long weekend.  

The year’s theme is “Dock of Ages: Tubie Weekend Rocks”.  

The Tubie parade and dance will take place on Saturday, August 4th, while the 42nd running of the Tubie Race will be on Sunday, August 5th.

As usual, Tubie Saturday is a busy day.  

It will begin for the kids at the Cruickshank Amphitheatre at 10:30 am, where Little Ray’s Reptiles returns for their yearly demonstration.  Admission to Little Ray’s is free.

Then the always-popular Tubie Parade will take centre stage starting at the Waterfront Park at 11:30 am.  

In addition to the Tubie floats, parade organizers are looking for additional floats and entries to participate in this year’s parade.  Interested parties are asked to contact Michael Domanko at mdomanko@gmail.com for more information.

Following Saturday’s parade, dog lovers are invited to experience a little Tubie fever of their own with Jane Madigan.

A Canine Behaviour and Performance Constultant and the owner of Inspired K9s, Madigan will be at the Waterfront Dog Park, to show dog owners how they can improve their dogs’ social skills, understand their dogs’ body language and answer questions.  Admission to this event is free.

Saturday’s Tubie evens will conclude in he evening with the Tubie Dance, which again will feature the always popular Ambush, who return for their third performance.  

Ambush has built a loyal fan base throughout Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec, and has thrilled the 800 plus fans in attendance at the Tubie Dance each of the past two years.  

This event will be held on the Morrisburg softball diamond, starting at 8 p.m.

Tubie Sunday will kick off with the Duck Race, sponsored by the Morrisburg & District Lions Club.  The ducks are scheduled to hit the water at the Morrisburg beach at 10 a.m.

Then two hours later it is the event everyone has been waiting for the  42nd annual Tubie Race.  

Heats will begin at noon, with the final scheduled for 1 p.m.  

Last year’s champion, Katherine Lee, is expected to return with her team to defend their wi,n and 2008 winner Gary Magee will be back in an effort to regain his team’s title.

A Beer Garden will be open on each of the two days of the Tubie Festival, along the river’s edge, south of the Docksyde, from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

All in all, the 42nd annual Tubie Weekend is lining up to be another wonderful summer celebration in South Dundas.

 

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