Upper Canada Village’s annual Fall Fair was held Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18. It included traditional agricultural exhibits from fresh produce and livestock to homemade preserves and crafts. Five local guilds were represented in the annual Guild Quilt Show. The weekend-long event also featured the Upper Canada District (Ontario) Canadian Horse Breeders Futurity and Show, the Upper Canada Beard Competition, musical entertainment from the village’s brass band, games and races, and Steve Baker, a magician, medicine man and illusionist.
Since the day a group of volunteers united as the South Dundas Community Playground Committee to bring a newer, bigger and better playground to Earl Baker Park in Morrisburg in 2011, the people of South Dundas have expressed a strong interest in a splash pad.
Although still about $20,000 short of a $200,000 fundraising goal, this year, the splash pad will become a reality.
The South Dundas playground/ splash pad committee set a fundraising goal of $200,000 and had hoped to break ground on the splash pad at Earl Baker Park in Morrisburg in the fall of 2014, but were unable to get started as they had hoped.
Weather and expert advice were big factors in the committee opting to wait until spring 2015 to get the splash pad project underway.
Michael Domanko of the committee said that the project will get started as soon as weather permits.
“Once the installers arrive on site, it will take one week to complete the splash pad,” said Domanko.
“So, there’s no question, kids will be splashing out there this summer.”
The Vortex splash pad will be installed by ABC Recreation of Paris, Ontario.
They have installed many splash pads including Long Sault, Cornwall and Brockville.
The South Dundas splash pad will include the top five elements voted on by elementary school students in South Dundas.
Water tunnel, cylinder spray, loop sprayers will be elements included for the older children, while the water bug and aqua dome will be features of the toddler section of the splash pad.
“The design is a very active one,” said Domanko.
Although they have not yet reached their initial $200,000 fundraising goal, Domanko says the community has done extremely well in raising funds to support this project.
The committee had applied, unsuccessfully, for half a dozen different grants from various funding sources.
The absence of securing such a grant is the main reason for the shortfall.
To help make up for some of the shortfall, the committee is trying to secure more in-kind contributions to the project to reduce some of the overall cost.
Already, Cruickshank construction has donated 180 tonnes of aggregate for the project and Lloyd McMillan has provided some trucking, in-kind.
The committee is planning a trivia fundraiser for the early spring.
Until then, the committee is gladly accepting donations towards the splash pad.
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South Dundas’ Iroquois Firefighters took home top honours at the 101st Eastern Ontario Firefighters Association Convention hosted by Edwardsburgh/Cardinal Fire Department in Spencerville over the weekend.
This ends a long drought for one of the most successful teams in the history of the EOFA.
The field day competition featured a series of races, with points awarded for each race. In the 11 races, Iroquois finished first in six and second in one giving them an impressive points total and the championship.
Iroquois won the five man lose hay wet race, the five man bunker gear ladder climb, the five man efficiency, the eight man bucket brigade, four man hose couplin, eight man hose coupling and bunker gear relay race.
Iroquois’ outstanding performance amassed them 41 points, for first place. Second placed Augusta had 29 points and third placed Mississippi Mills had 26 points.
“I’m just so pleased,” said Chris McDonough, fire chief for South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services.
Participating and competing in this event is a long-standing tradition with the Iroquois firefighters, a tradition that those firefighters with the Iroquois station are happy to continue.
“I couldn’t be prouder of these guys,” said McDonough. “They work hard at this. They have been practicing for weeks.”
Historically, the Iroquois Fire Department was hugely successful at the field day, winning the games for 19 consecutive years, through the 1980s and beyond. “The last time we won was 1997,” said Phil Thompson, Deputy Chief with South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services. He participated in the games this year, and has for many years. He said this year, when he looked down the line in the chief’s race, we was looking at a lot of younger faces.
“We’ve undergone a lot of changes in the last five years. We have a lot of younger guys now, and that helps,” Thompson said.
The team has been practicing two nights a week for six weeks. “The guys put a good effort into it, and it showed. Things seemed to go well for us. The guys did a great job. They worked hard and ran hard, and it showed.”