Steffler Foundation to host Music Fest on July 21
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
On July 21, the Tanner Steffler Foundation will be hosting the Six-String Summerfest and Six-String Music Fest in Seaforth, all to raise money for the newly-founded foundation.
The event was created by John and Heather Steffler, Tanner’s parents who thought the festival would help keep the young man’s love of music alive.
“Tanner loved music and it was the way he related to everything in his life,” said organizer Melody Hodgson.
The day begins with the free Six-String Summerfest, that will be a family-friendly event at the Seaforth Agriplex from 12-4 p.m. that day.
The Summerfest will include local musical talent, a climbing wall, bouncy castles, a water lagoon, axe throwing, an obstacle course, food trucks and more.
Hodgson said it was Heather who suggested beginning the day with a special festival for the younger generation. Funding for the festival has been provided by TD Bank, the Seaforth BIA and the Seaforth Community Trust, which has helped to expand the next event, the Six-String Music Fest, which starts at 4 p.m. and runs until 1 a.m. the next morning.
At the Music Fest, local youth musical talent will again kick off the festival, followed by Ray Lyell and the Storm at 9 p.m. followed by a live auction and then a performance by the Practically Hip, Canada’s top Tragically Hip tribute act, beginning at 11 p.m.
Throughout the day there will be a silent auction, in addition to the live auction that will take place that night.
Tickets for the show are $30 each and are available at various locations, such as Local Organics Health Food and Wellness Centre, Blooms n’ Rooms and Marita’s Fashion Boutique, all in Seaforth, and online at
Hodgson said the event is an ambitious one and she hopes it will engage the community and raise plenty of money for the foundation so it can continue towards its goal of placing a mental health and wellness coach in every Huron County high school sooner, rather than later.
She said that the community has really rallied around not only the foundation, but around the Stefflers as a family, which has been very inspiring to see.
Hodgson said that with Seaforth not really having a marquee event that brings residents back to the town year after year like Strawberry Summerfest in Lucknow or Baconfest in Lucan, she hopes that the Six-String Music Fest could maybe be that event for Seaforth.
For more information on the event, find it on Facebook or visit tannerstefflerfoundation.com.