Gore Bay Harbour Days offers fun in the sun all weekend long

GORE BAY—Gore Bay Harbour Days is finally upon us this weekend—Friday, July 22 to Sunday, July 24—with fun activities for the entire family.

The fun gets started Friday morning with the farmers’ market on the waterfront from 9 am to 1 pm.

At 4 pm, get ready for the ride of your life on the Heart and Stroke Big Bike Ride. Prospective teams of 15 to 29, call the Gore Bay municipal office for more information at 705-282-2420.

At 7:30 pm, the Gore Bay Theatre (GBT) will present ‘Old Love’ by Norm Foster at the Gore Bay Community Hall (52 Meredith Street). Advance tickets are available at the Gore Bay municipal office for $18 or doors open at 7 and tickets are available for $20.

Following the play, head over to the beer gardens, open from 8 pm until midnight, and enjoy free, live music from ‘The Uppers.’

Start your Saturday morning off right with the Rotary Pancake Breakfast at the Ron McQuarrie Memorial Gazebo by the tennis courts. Breakfast is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

The Ontario Provincial Police Marine Unit will be at the Gore Bay Marina from 10 am to 4 pm.

Three, two, one…blast off on an adventure in all things space from 10 am to 2 pm. Discover gravity, constellations, planets and much more with seven hands-on exhibits that are sure to have visitors gravitating your way. You can look at the sun with the solar telescope, conduct experiments with vacuum space and test yourself in the space trivia game. Young astronauts can launch a balloon rocket and race their friends and find out if they have what it takes to navigate through space. The exhibit is sponsored by the Gore Bay Child Care Centre.

Start your engines for the soap box derby at 10 am at the corner of Borron and Meredith Streets. Lots of great prizes to be won! Contact the municipal office at 705-282-2420 or email scarr@gorebay.ca for rules and registration forms.

The Firefighters 5K Around the Bay race gets started at 10 am at the Gore Bay Harbour Centre. Preregistration is available at www.sudburyrocks.ca/events.htm. Same day registration is $35 with all proceeds going to the Gore Bay Volunteer Fire Department.

‘It’s Not a Party Without Us’ bouncy castles and carnival food will be available from 10 am to 4 pm.

The Gore Bay Western Manitoulin Lions Club will be selling its famous beef on a bun at a luncheon from 11 am to 2 pm at the Ron McQuarrie Memorial Gazebo. The cost is $6 a sandwich and $1 for pop or water. All proceeds will go to the Gore Bay Lions Club.

Life is better with ice cream! There will be an ice cream sundae bar at the Ron McQuarie Memorial Gazebo from 11 am to 2 pm as well.

Kite flying will be held at noon, with free kites to the first 50 participants, at the waterfront with the kites at the tent on the waterfront, sponsored by Central Guardian Pharmacy.

The beer gardens will reopen from noon until 5 pm, along with live music at the tent on the waterfront.

The Handwritten Arts Festival will also be on this weekend at the Gore Bay Harbour Centre. A writing desk with free stationery will be set up on the second floor inviting visitors to sit down and write a card or letter, with free stamps provided. Samples of vintage and modern handwriting will be on exhibit throughout Gore Bay Harbour Days and there will be handwriting analysis from 1 to 3 pm at 40 Water Street.

The Gore Bay and Gordon/Barrie Island Fire Department will be on hand with their equipment for children to see and even climb behind the wheel.

From 1 to 3 pm there will be swimming pool fishing located at the Red Roof Pavilion, sponsored by the Gore Bay Fish and Game Club.

The Classic Car Show will be on display from 1 to 5 pm at the waterfront parking lot sponsored by Jewell’s Collision Centre.

The fourth annual Cardboard Boat Regatta will be held at the waterfront beach south of the marina main dock at 1 pm. There will be three categories: youth, 12 and under (which can include more than one person per boat); family, at least one child 12 and under and one adult; open, with one grand prize, a CYC Charter to the Benjamin Islands valued at $650 (excludes fuel). For complete rules and details and to pre-register, contact the Gore Bay Municipal Office at 705-282-2420. Participants are asked to pre-register or register at the event before 12:45 pm.

Following the cardboard boat races, there will be river tube races at 1:45 pm.

From 3 to 5 pm there will be a kids’ foam party for kids 12 and under, with music and dancing, and a teen foam party for youth 13-18 from 7 to 9 pm.

The Rotary Fish Fry will be held from 5 to 7 pm. The cost is $17 a person or $8 for children 12 and under.

The day will conclude with the Harbour Days dance sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 514 at the tent at the waterfront with a live band. There will be free admission and designated drivers available.

Sunday morning there will be an exhibition from 10 am to 4 pm on the ‘Natural Progression of Fiber Art’ by Lynda Noe at the Gore Bay Museum, as well as a photography exhibit, ‘Purvis Fishery,’ by David Lewis.

The ecumenical church service will take place under the tent on the waterfront at 11 am with a potluck lunch to follow.

The reading of handwritten letters will be at the Gore Bay Harbour Centre from 2 to 4 pm.

For more information about Gore Bay Harbour Days, visit www.gorebay.ca.