Kagawong Summer Fest: great food, family fun and nostalgic music

by Sharon Jackson

KAGAWONG—A full day of great food, ‘50s and ‘60s music, special guests and family fun is guaranteed on Saturday, July 16.

Kagawong Summer Fest is a community effort hosted by members of the Billings Recreation Committee and the many volunteers who come together for the day.

Most of the day’s activities will take place along Old Mill Road and Henry Drive (which will be closed off to vehicular traffic for the day) between 11 am and 3:30 pm.

The beach and Aus Hunt Marina will also be host to some not to be missed special events.

New to Kagawong’s Summer Fest program this year is a throwback to the ‘50s and ‘60s. Participants, business owners and visitors are encouraged to dress in loafers, jeans and white tees for the guys and poodle skirts, saddle shoes and pony tails for the dolls.

Be sure to stop in at the tennis court which will be transformed into a soda shop where Rec Committee members will be selling root beer floats, ice cream sundaes, pie and ice cream and banana splits.

Car owners are invited to wax up their vehicles and take part in the annual Show and Shine. Reserved parking is on the grass on Old Mill Road.

Grab a friend and join the Amazing Scavenger Hunt. Pick up your list at the tennis court after 11 am.

The Recreation Committee will have an information table set up including a schedule of events for the day, iced coffee, cotton candy, lemonade and new to Summer Fest: root beer floats, ice cream sundaes and banana splits.

Kids’ rodeo games include a hula hoop contest, minnow races, ring toss and mini toy boat races. Games take place between 1 and 3 pm at the tennis court.

Local author Kate Thompson will offer a workshop, Write in to Summer, at the Park Centre beginning at 1 pm. For more information on how to register, all Kate at 705-377-4411.

Billings volunteer firefighters and the OPP Marine Unit will be on site on Old Mill Drive to provide boating and fire safety tips. Keep an eye out for the boot drive at the Fire Hall on your way into town.

Returning for a fourth year is the Art Walk where artists of all genres are invited to showcase their creative talent. There is no cost to set up along Henry Drive and everyone is welcome. Please bring your own table and shade.

Burgers and hot dogs will be barbecued by members of the Museum Board beginning at 11 am at the pavilion which is also home to a Special Market. For more info contact Karen Free or Ethel Newburn who are the organizers of the weekly Wednesday Market which runs from 10 am to 3 pm during the months of July and August.

Recreation Committee members will be raising funds towards future events in the community by selling numbered golf balls for $2 each. Watch for them at the Pavilion from 11 am to 2:30 pm. The Running of the Balls takes place at the Park Centre at 3 pm. First place wins $50.

What better way to wrap up a full day of activities than with some cool ‘50s and ‘60s rock and roll music? Tribute band Flathead Ford are three musicians from Sault Ste. Marie who have immersed themselves in the golden era of rock ‘n roll. The band has been very well received wherever they play and work hard to hone their sound by writing a number of original songs. They play with unlimited energy, getting the audience out of their seats and out on the dance floor to take a trip back to there rock n roll began.

The Blessing of the Boats Marine Service will be held at St. John’s the Evangelist Anglican Church on Sunday morning at 9 am.

There is something for everyone during Summer Fest in Kagawong. For more details visit www.facebook.com/kagawong1 and watch next week’s Expositor and Recorder for a full schedule of events.