Downtown St. Marys will come alive with street performers, horse-and-wagon rides, food vendors, the Apple Land Train and more during the 21st Annual Stonetown Heritage Festival’s family street festival on July 9.
As a prelude, events get underway Friday, July 8 with the Nick and Dan’s BBQ from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and the Army & Navy Air Force Veterans Club’s annual Bavarian Gardens, which kick off at noon on Friday, running until 1:00 am. Friday night’s rock band, starting at 9:00 pm, is Highway 19. The following day, the Bavarian gardens are open again from noon until 1:00 am, with a still to-be-determined country music act taking the stage between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and the hard rocking HOWZAT returning to headline beginning at 9:00 pm Saturday. A pair of meat draws will also be held Friday and Saturday at the Army & Navy.
Some of the featured performers already scheduled for the family street festival Saturday include Brantford’s White Pine Dancers, who share magical tales of First Nations history through dance and song, and London, Ontario magician The Amazing Corbin, who will perform on Queen Street from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on July 9.
Live musical entertainment will also play throughout the day along with the street lined with vendors and activities. A number of local bands from The World’s Coolest Music Store will be playing throughout the day, including Panic Station, Rooster in the Hen House, Sikk and South of Sevem.
“For years now, the Town has included us in their Heritage festival,” said World’s Coolest Music Store owner Robert Edney. “It’s a great way for our bands to play for their friends in a fun, family environment. It’s also great exposure for the store and our band program.”
Panic Station has turned professional noted Edney, and is appearing at a number of festivals this summer, including Alliston’s “Rurban Food Truck Rally” this weekend, and Lucan’s “Bacon Fest” on July 9. Rooster in the Hen House has also recently performed at the St. Marys Ringette Wing Night fundraiser.
Headlining the family street dance will be the Brantford jazz, rhythm & blues combo Corner Pocket. “They’ll be playing songs that will really get the crowd going,” said Town of St. Marys Corporate Events Planner Brian Tschirsow.
Another attraction will be historic walking and bus tours around the downtown, Tschirsow added.
A fireworks display over the Thames River provided by the Rotary Club of St. Marys will close out Saturday night, beginning at approximately 9:45 pm, he said.
There’s still time for those interested in attending the festival as a non-food event vendor to apply. To download an application, go to TownofStmarys.com/en/discover-our-town/Vendor-Details-and-Forms.aspx. Applications are due by June 24. Volunteer opportunities are also available, including: event setup and teardown, distributing event programs and information, bouncy castle supervision, and distributing and collecting surveys.
For more information about the festival, find Stonetown Heritage Festival on Facebook, go to TownofStmarys.com/en/discover-our-town/Stonetown-Heritage-Festival.aspx or call Tschirsow at 519-284-2340 ex. 626.