Busy weekend in Mapleton, Minto – fair, street party, story telling on tap

WELLINGTON COUNTY – There will be plenty of activity in the northern portion of the county this weekend, as Mapleton residents gear up for the annual Drayton Fair, while Minto residents are set to party in the street.

Catchin’ Farm Fever is the theme of the 163rd Annual Drayton Fair set to take place Aug. 9 to 11 at the local fairgrounds.

Activities will once again include a demolition derby, tractor pulls, livestock shows, demonstrations, a fair breakfast and many more events and activities.

Gates open at 5pm on Friday night, 10am on Saturday and 7:30am Sunday.

For more information visit draytonfair.com.

The fifth annual Harriston Street Party is set to take place on Aug. 10. The event begins at 7am with a breakfast hosted by the Harriston Legion. Downtown activities get underway at 10am, with sidewalk sales, bouncy castles, an obstacle course and face painting all part of the fun. At 3:30pm the Crown Theatre will present The Neverending Story.

The Leslie Motors Ford Show also runs downtown from 10am to 3pm. This year’s focus will be on 1999  and older Ford models.

The annual Savour in the Street dinner begins at 6pm, followed by a downtown street dance at 9pm.

For more information go to town.minto.on.ca

Story telling

A story telling session is planned in downtown Harriston on Aug. 11.

Organizers state Harriston native Neil Aitchison will provide a “witty and comical” presentation about the Main Street historical buildings and their past owners, including stories from personal experiences.

The event, sponsored by the Harriston Historical Society, will begin at 2pm at the Harriston library.