Automobile enthusiasts should consider putting this year’s annual Stonetown Heritage Festival on their calendar of events, as the St. Marys Ford dealership on Queen Street West will be hosting a special event on Saturday, July 13, during Heritage Festival line-up.
Members of the Galaxie Car Club of Canada are coming to St. Marys to display their collection of classic Ford Galaxie cars.
Admission to the car show is free. As part of the Galaxie Car Club event, a barbecue lunch will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with proceeds to the St. Marys Masonic Lodge. For more information contact 519-284-1870 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another special event taking place during next weekend’s 18th annual Stonetown Heritage Festival is the dedication of the newly-installed “Taylor Trail,” along with a recognition ceremony for the recent improvements that have been made in the park through which the trail meanders.
Rotary Park, named in honour of the service club which has been donating time, labour and resources for upgrades over the past few years, is located north of Trout Creek, stretching east and west from the London Bridge Trestle. Improvements have included the planting of native species of grasses and perennials, tree plantings, the installation of park benches, and the creation of “Taylor Trail” in honour of the memory of long-time Rotarian and philanthropist Eric Taylor.
The Rotary Club of St. Marys is hosting a dedication ceremony at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, with an Open House running from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be informative displays and activities for all ages, including a “Little Feat Foot Rallye” quiz. Enjoy prizes and ice cream treats.
Back this year during the Heritage Festival weekend, of course, are popular annual features like the Nick & Dan’s Collision Barbecue (4-7 p.m. on Friday, July 12), the Army and Navy Club Bavarian Garden (9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday; beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday after a Meat Draw at 3 p.m.), the Farmers’ Market Pancake Breakfast (8-10:30 a.m. Saturday), and the Horticultural Society Garden Tour (1-3 p.m. Sunday).
Proceeds from the Nick & Dan’s event support the Stonetown Heritage Festival and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
As in past years, Queen Street downtown will be closed to traffic Saturday for a variety of attractions, including: Chalk it Up! contest, Apple Land Train, Imagination Station, The Travelling Reptile Show, horse and wagon rides, “Learn to Stilt Walk,” live music, sidewalk sales, food vendors, Grand River Inflatables, balloons, face painting and much more.
This year’s outdoor family street dance will once again feature the music of the Chris Brine Band.
And, as always, fireworks on Saturday evening will round out the day’s events, sponsored by the St. Marys Rotary Club.