East Wawanosh 150th schedule finalized - June 8, 2017
BY DENNY SCOTT
The schedule for the East Wawanosh 150th Anniversary has been finalized and committee members are working towards putting the final touches on the event.
Registration for the anniversary begins at 4 p.m. at the Belgrave Community Centre on Friday, June 30 and runs until 7 p.m. when the opening ceremonies will be held.
At the same time, the beard growing contest and arts and photography contest results will be announced and the beverage garden will open.
At 7:30 p.m., a baseball tournament will begin, which will continue throughout the weekend.
Committee representative Margaret Vincent explained that the tournament has filled up and should provide exciting entertainment throughout the reunion.
Friday night will be the first of three dances for the three-day event. Friday features The Containment Unit, a band featuring Brussels native Joshua Gropp. The dance is an age-of-majority event.
Vincent explained to The Citizen that the first event scheduled for the reunion is a golf tournament at the Wingham Golf and Curling Club which is quickly filling up.
“There will be teams of four and, right now, 11 of 18 team spots are filled,” she said. “There will be a $10,000 hole-in-one contest.”
For more information or to sign up for the tournament contact Steve Nixon at 519-357-2222.
Saturday starts with a breakfast by the Belgrave Kinsmen from 7-10 a.m.
At 11 a.m., a parade will start from west of Belgrave near the former East Wawanosh Public School and make its way through the village.
Entry forms for the parade are located at the North Huron Township Office, Huron Bay Co-op in Belgrave and The Citizen’s office in Blyth. The form is also available online at the East Wawanosh Anniversary website at
The baseball tournament will continue after the parade and, at 1 p.m., special youth-focused events will be held at the Belgrave Community Centre.
“There will be face-painting as well as a zip line set up for the children,” Vincent said.
An hour later, visitors to the reunion can attend the jam session in the beverage garden or take in the school reunion at the community centre. Both events run from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday.
“The school reunion will be for all grads of schools in the municipality,” Vincent said. “That includes everything from the concession schools to East Wawanosh Public School.”
Pine Ridge, a caterer from the southern Huron County, will be catering a barbecue chicken supper from 5-8 p.m. followed by another age of majority dance from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. featuring the band Karli June.
Sunday will start with a breakfast put on by firefighters from the Wingham station of the Fire Department of North Huron from 8 a.m. to noon.
A multi-denominational church service and family picnic will start at 11 a.m. with the baseball tournament continuing throughout the day.
At 4 p.m., the Blyth Lions will host a smoked pork chop supper at the community centre. Dinner will run until 7 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. a moonlight walk will be held. Participants are encouraged to don their favourite costumes and the event will be led by a local piper.
The final event for the anniversary is the farewell family dance with a DJ hosted by Longhorn Productions.
Vincent said that history books will be available throughout the celebration. The books, which are updated from the 125th anniversary books, cost $50 and Vincent suggested pre-ordering the books.
“We’re over half sold-out now,” she said.
To pre-order, contact Linda Logan or Sylvia Nonkes-Verburg at 519-357-1602 or 519-523-9456.
Vincent also said that souvenirs and decor are available online.
Souvenirs include baseball caps and sweaters, while the decorations include bows and wreaths. Tickets for the various activities throughout the weekend are also available through the anniversary’s website.
For information about souvenirs, contact Linda Logan at 519-357-1602 and for decor contact Linda Rintoul at 519-357-6813.
Vincent said the committee is still looking for volunteers to help with the event. For more information, contact committee chair Jamie McCallum at 519-357-5642 or visit the anniversary on Facebook.