Providence Bay News and Notes

We’ve sure been getting a lot of much needed rain lately. By Tuesday, August 16 we finally received enough that the Township of Central Manitoulin was able to lift the fire ban that had been in place for most of the summer. Campfires and fireworks are now permitted. This is a limited lift. No brush burning permits will be issued until conditions continue to improve.

The 132nd annual Providence Bay Fair was held on August 19, 20 and 21. The Providence Bay Agricultural Society and their volunteers do a fantastic job of organizing this popular and fun weekend-long event. There is something for everyone from the exhibit hall to the midway, from the live entertainment to the food and vendors to the livestock shows and events and so much more. Rebecca Dawson was selected as Fair Ambassador and Christine Cranston was named Miss Congeniality. The parade was fantastic again this year with many people lining Mutchmor Street all the way to the fairgrounds. The Cow Patty Bingo was so popular that they held a second one on Sunday. The winners this year were Marlene Lewis and Mona Bryan. The Motocross Races were popular with 31 riders. The organizers of the fair also included a family challenge event that had families earning points by participating in fair events, relays, contests, and a round hay bale push. There were five families participating this year and the winning family was the Scott family. A big thank you from the community to all the organizers and to everyone who came out to support this annual event.

As part of the fair, the United Church hosted a pancake breakfast on Saturday, August 20 that was very well attended. They served breakfast to over 165 people. It was a real success requiring a whopping 35 pounds of sausage. There had been rumours floating around that we were in danger of losing our local church. We’re happy to report that a minister has been found and church services will be continuing. We’d love to welcome Reverend Joshua Kang, the new minister for the United Church. He is originally from Korea but comes to us from Windsor and has found an apartment in the area.

Visitors to Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Cranston for the fair weekend was their daughter Cindy and her children Kallie, Anneli, Evan and Junkala.

Cheryl Sheppard had her brother Jeff Sheppard visit with his children Kate and Quinn from Espanola. They enjoyed the fair and swimming in the crashing waves in the unusually warm water of the bay. It was quite the wind storm that passed through Saturday night while many people enjoyed watching the CBC showing of the final concert by iconic Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip.

A reminder going out that Huron Island Time continues to host outdoor music behind the Harbour Centre every Thursday night continuing throughout the month of August from 7-9 pm. Every Saturday is open mic night. Come on out and enjoy a night out listening to the performers. A collection hat will passed during the show.

The Discovery Centre Team will be hosting a craft day on Friday, August 26. The tentative start time is 1 pm. Drop-ins are welcome but they prefer if you register. They are in the Harbour Centre.

The Annual Spring Bay/Providence Bay Lions Club “Rib and Corn Roast” is being held this Saturday, August 27 at the Providence Bay arena.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to JD Wright whose birthday is on the 29th.

The monthly euchre tournament is being held at the Twilight Club in The Providence Bay Hall on Tuesday, August 30. Don’t forget to bring your partner with you.

If you have any news items, birthdays, special events or announcements to contribute to our community column please contact Cheryl at 705-377-7511 or by email at  Please ensure that submissions are made by Sunday at 3 pm for inclusion in the following Wednesday edition of the Manitoulin Expositor.