Wiarton Willie Festival

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Wiarton Willie Festival

Happy 60th Diamond Anniversary Willie!

Thousands of people gathered in Wiarton, January 28th through February 2nd, to celebrate our beloved Wiarton Willie’s 60th Diamond Anniversary.

Festivities kicked-off January 28th with the Diamond Dinner Gala where we celebrated the extraordinary volunteer spirit of Festival founder Mac McKenzie by honouring and paying tribute to Paul Sutter as the recipient of the 2016 Mac McKenzie Award.

On Friday January 29th, we recognized our Festival “royalty” by crowning our Pageant Queen, Tianna Krampien and our Gateway Haven King and Queen, Lloyd Ruffett and Janet Atkins.

Then February 2nd - Prediction Morning - we welcomed Willie’s esteemed Shadow Cabinet led by Janice Jackson, Mayor of the Land and Marmot while readying ourselves for Willie’s sought-after prediction.

Six more weeks of winter…that’s the message we received from Wiarton Willie through Mayor Janice Jackson, our “official groundhogese” interpreter---a message that we were surprised to find actually appealed to the majority of prediction-goers according to emcee Kevin Forget’s poll of the crowd that morning.

The positive reception to “six more weeks of winter” is not so surprising when you look at the popularity of Willie’s basecamp activities held on Saturday January 30th  - sleigh rides, skating, snow hill, cook-outs, fat tire mountain biking, ice and wood carving.  The outdoor sports – hockey, sno-pitch, groundhog jog  - were also well attended and over-subscribed.

There were indoor activities too – sports tournaments, kid’s activities, crafts, historical displays, food, and party venues – with waiting lists, line-ups and sold-outs that showed that we have plenty of indoor enthusiasts as well.

To our sponsors led by title sponsor Bruce Power, along with the Town of South Bruce Peninsula, Wiarton Foodland, TD Bank, Caframo, and Wiarton Home Hardware Building Centre---thank you! To our over 300 volunteers co-ordinated by the Wiarton Willie Festival Committee---you are amazing!  Finally, to our champions and festival-goers…thank you for sharing and supporting this most special 60th Diamond Anniversary of Wiarton Willie!!

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