Thorndale 160th Celebration

Horse and Wagon Rides.
Horse and Wagon Rides.

On July 29th Thorndale celebrated its 160th anniversary in true Thorndale style! The event was organized by I Love Thorndale but was made possible only by the generous contributions and work of every community group and many of the local businesses.

There were events and activities for all ages. The day started at the Farmers Market where you could fill your fridge with locally grown products and then have breakfast served by the Kinsmen before heading off on a historical scavenger hunt that was organized by the Women’s Institute.

The crowd then headed to the Community Centre for opening ceremonies. Then the kids could head off to all the free activities including a soccer shoot out and free cotton candy by the Lions, and inflatable obstacle course, horse and wagon rides, train (tractor) ride, a cardboard village, live music, line dancing, button making, a mural being made by Chalk Expressions, a sling shot game and pick up hockey to name just some of the fun activities.

When you needed to refuel you had many options including food trucks, Shaw’s ice cream served up by Sassy’s and free cupcakes and butter tarts inside the Community Centre.

Pro Soccer shootout run by the Lions of Thorndale.
Pro Soccer shootout run by the Lions of Thorndale.

There was also a butter tart baking contest with volunteer judges that judged the entries and prizes were awarded. Local crafters also set up a craft show for the afternoon.

In the evening there was a family movie night at the library and for those over 19 there was an outdoor concert put on by the Agricultural Society. The concert featured the Shaun Cowan Band and the main act was Genevieve Fisher.

To pass the time before the show started there was a corn hole tournament and line dancing lessons. It was an amazing event in a wonderful community.

The Genevieve Fisher Concert.
The Genevieve Fisher Concert.
Everyone enjoying the beautiful evening waiting for the outdoor concert to begin.
Everyone enjoying the beautiful evening waiting for the outdoor concert to begin.

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