Close to home

Prime holiday season arrived in this part of the world over the past few weeks and while the summer weather makes for ideal travelling conditions, local residents might want to give some thought to enjoying the offerings in their home communities over the coming weeks.

For example, there will be no shortage of local entertainment opportunities this weekend, as the annual Drayton Fair will take place in Mapleton, while Minto residents are set to enjoy the annual street party that has quickly become a local summer tradition.

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. The Drayton Fair is annually Wellington County’s first – and always one of the best. It’s hard to beat for homegrown entertainment. For more information visit

The fifth annual Harriston Street Party is set to take place on Aug. 10. The day includes a breakfast hosted by the Harriston Legion, 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.

The whole event grew out of a celebration marking the end of a major construction project in 2015. It has quickly become a highly-anticipated local event. For more information visit

The Harriston Historical Society is among the groups planning activities over the weekend, including a downtown barbecue on Saturday between 10:30am and 2pm. At the local library the society is staging a three-room exhibit commemorating 160 years of the Harriston Fall Fair and on Sunday it hosts Harriston native and raconteur extraordinaire Neil Aitchison for a story telling presentation at the library at 2pm.

While it’s always nice to get away, you don’t actually have to go far for some fun in northern Wellington.