Lanark County Harvest Festival
Come and see why this festival was named a provincial finalist for “Ontario Culinary Tourism Event of the Year” by the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance! Located at Beckwith Park (1319 9th Line Beckwith near Carleton Place), the 6th annual event celebrates fine, local foods and lets you “Get Fresh with a Local Farmer” on Sunday, Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You’ll find food seminars, tastings, children’s activities and local musicians. Get to know Lanark County producers and discover the best places to find local meat, cheese, honey, garlic, produce, maple syrup and more! Free to attend. For more information, visit www.lanarkcountytourism.com/harvestfestival or call 1.888.4.LANARK.
Ewe need to flock to this annual event that celebrates Carleton Place’s important historical role in the distribution of lambs’ wool across Canada! This outdoor heritage festival runs between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 16 at the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers (CCWG) building in downtown Carleton Place (142 Franktown Rd.). The CCWG grades and markets close to 3 million pounds of raw wool each year, so the fibre is the focus. You’ll find dog and lamb demonstrations, sheep shearing, spinning, a petting zoo and pony rides, kids’ activities and much more. The Wool Growers are housed in what was originally the round house and machine shops for the Canadian Pacific Railway, which also played an integral role in Carleton Place’s past. Free admission!
Drummond North Elmsley plays host to the biennial Rideau Ferry Regatta on Rideau Lake in Rideau Ferry. Scheduled to take place in 2019 at the beautiful Rideau Ferry Conservation Area, the Rideau Ferry Regatta is a traditional race boat regatta that has been entertaining spectators for more than 120 years. Plan ahead for 2019 and watch vintage Grand Prix hydroplanes, along with other inboard and outboard race boat classes. This event is not to be missed! Rideau Ferry boasts new public docks, a convenience store and a fantastic local restaurant only feet from the Rideau waterway. For more information call 613.267.6500 or visit http://rideauferryregatta.ca/
Come enjoy one of the most charming country fairs around in Middleville, Lanark Highlands. This small-town fair takes visitors back to the country fairs of yesteryear, where community was everything and the fair was the highlight of the year. In 2019, Middleville’s traditional agricultural fair is celebrating its 168th year, and offers a celebration of rural life that includes agricultural exhibits, a pet show, light and heavy horse shows, and sheep and poultry shows. There are also children’s sports events, a teddy bear contest, children’s games, races, and more. For info, visit www.middlevillefair.ca.
Experience traditional Celtic music July 6 to 8 in beautiful Gemmill Park in Almonte and satisfy your craving for everything Celtic! This three-day, family-friendly annual event has been running in Almonte for more than 20 years, and is a favourite for visitors of all ages. Visitors are invited to delve into historic Celtic traditions with local, regional and national performers like Celtic fiddlers, bagpipers, dancers and singers. Take part in workshops at the Celtic College and learn how to play a tin whistle, sing traditional Celtic songs or play the bodhran, and more! Drink in the Celtic culture during this fun event in the picturesque town of Almonte. For fees and info about Celtfest, visit www.almonteceltfest.com.