Blog Category: Events

164th Annual Lakefield Fair

This weekend marks the 164th anniversary of the Lakefield Fair 

Lakefield Fair

The Lakefield Fair is right around the corner and the community is gearing up for the festivities!

The fair is held annually in celebration of the rich agricultural history in Lakefield. The 164th annual event is this weekend Friday, July 26th-July 28th.

Festivities include a midway, truck and tractor pull, demolition derby, mud bogs, farm animals, kid’s activities, and much more! (more…)

25 Years Of Literary History Celebrated In Lakefield

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The Lakefield Literary Festival will be celebrating its 25th year in July on the 12th through to the 14th.

This event has been a huge inspiration for young authors and literary enthusiast, not only in the area but nation wide, for years.

Originally started in 1995 as a celebration of the late Canadian author, Margaret Laurence, the event has grown exponentially through the years.

With hosts throughout the village of Lakefield, the festival runs for an entire weekend. It brings in authors and literary icons to hosts talks, banquets, contests, readings and more.

This festival, drawing on the rich literary history of Lakefield, encourages participants to expose their work and receive advice from seasoned professions. It highlights the main areas where many Canadian authors drew inspiration. There will be talks set up with current authors to give advice and talk about their experience as writers.

This teaming together of the past and present illuminates the strong community talent that is sometimes overlooked by the small size of our community.

The village has a unique combination of being in the middle of picturesque cottage county as well as being a small farming community. This makes the quiet little town a place where many famous literary authors such as Margaret Laurence, Catharine Parr Traill and many others come to escape the noise and commotion of everyday life and write about their time here.

There is inspiration around every corner.  This is highlighted through the Literary Festival, bringing writers into town and meeting with aspiring authors in the area.

A large draw for this festival is the Young Writers Contest that encourages and inspires youth to explore their literary passions.

The Young Writers Contest is open for high school students of all ages. They can submit their work in the categories of:

    • Prose Fiction:

    • Creative prose that could include a personal reflection, science-fiction, mystery, realistic narrative, or historical fiction.
    • Prose non-fiction:

    • A persuasive argument that could include a speech, editorial, rant, opinion piece, or personal essay.
    • Poetry:

    • Any form of poetry.

This is a great opportunity for young writers to get involved with the literary community and step outside their comfort zone.

Prizes include $200, tickets to the event where they will meet with national authors, and publishing their piece in the festivals e-book.

A list of full contest rules can be found on their website.

Ticket sales are still open for day passes to the event. There will also be free events happening throughout the festival including: children’s events, historic walks, and an authors tent.

For more information head over to their website at http://lakefieldliteraryfestival.com.

Upcoming 21st Annual Lakefield Jazz, Art & Crafts Festival

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This Saturday July 6th will mark the 21st annual Lakefield Jazz, Art and Craft Festival.

Enjoy a day by the Otonabee river with admission only $8 for an all day pass. Kids under 12 are free!

Mark your calendars and don’t forget to invite your friends and family to come enjoy a day at Isabel Morris Park in Lakefield beside the scenic Otonabee River.

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Canada Day Long Weekend in the Kawarthas

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The Kawarthas has always been a place filled with history, pride, celebration, and joy. This is even more true on the Canada Day Long Weekend for Canada’s birthday! There are many great festivities and events happening around the Kawarthas that promise to be fun for the whole family.

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Fifth Annual Fairy and Dragon Festival

The fifth annual Fairy and Dragon Festival was held this past Saturday. This free event took place at Isabel Morris Park and saw a great turn out.

Families full of fairies and dragons came from far and wide to partake in the festivities.

There was something there for everyone to enjoy with many local businesses and Kawartha Chamber members as vendors, as well as lots of the fun activities for the kids.

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