Milton Strawberry Festival This Weekend

This weekend marks the first official weekend of the summer.  For Miltonians for many years this means Strawberry Festival!

For 33 years running the Milton Hospital Auxiliary has been putting on this amazing event that never ceases to amaze.  Lots of fresh strawberries, ice cream, smoothies … you name it, its there.

The festival is held at the Milton Fairgrounds and goes from 8AM to 4PM.  Get there early for some strawberry shortcake and other goodies.

Milton Strawberry Fair June 23rd

Its that time of year again folks. The best combination is summer time and strawberries.

On June 23rd will be the 32nd annual Strawberry Fair at the Milton Fairgrounds in support of the Milton District Hospital Auxiliary.   For more details you can visit this page.  Thousands of people attend every year for some strawberries and ice cream as well as sample from vendors across the region.

Fun for the whole family – bouncy castles, games, prizes, baking, vendors marketplace, rides, entertainment, strawberries, ice-cream, shortcake and daiquiris all day!

Strawberry pancake breakfast by The Optimist Club of Milton

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience one of Milton’s great traditions and make sure you attend this years Strawberry Fair in support of the Milton District Hospital.

Milton Ribfest 2011

It’s ON!

The second annual Milton Ribfest starts today (Thursday) and goes all weekend long.  Music, beer, entertainment, vendors and of course the most important ingredient to any successful ribfest celebration…RIBS!

From the Milton Ribfest Website

Thursday 4PM–10PM:  Come out and enjoy some tasty ribs, beat the crowds and enjoy the opening night with some great local bands taking to the stage. – Midway, Thursday will be Loonie day where all rides are $1.00

Friday Noon – 4PM is set aside for Senior’s Day, but all are welcome, enjoy the soft sounds of Urban Legend with a cold beer and some tasty ribs! But don’t leave just yet, the action gets going in the early evening as we transform the beer garden into a big Country party. The show will be in full swing with all the vendors open, new and improved midway action and lots of food vendors….

The event runs until 11PM.

We are also planning a Car Show on Friday night from 5-9  Classic cars and cars of special interest can join us while space is available.

This years Midway is Bigger and Better. Ride all day bracelet $20.00.

If you are looking for only riding a few rides, individual tickets can be purchased for $2.50 a ride, or $25.00 for 12 rides.

Saturday gates open at 11AM so come out and enjoy the day at the Milton Fairgrounds. The music gets underway at noon and will continue all day long with Rock and Blues music – be sure to enjoy some of the great food and ribs.

Make time to see Forever Diamond, a Neil Diamond tribute Saturday from 4:15 to 5:00 pm on the Main Stage.

Sunday August 14th:  Gates open at 11AM for Family Day. Come and enjoy tons of action and fun for the kids. Music will be on all day, come spend the day and enjoy the FUN!! Midway, all kids under 12 can ride all day for $15.00.

We are adding a second stage this year – more fun, more entertainment.

Come See Teen Club with Miss Hanna and Just Bieber at Noon – 1:00 pm

We also have Blue Radio, a Blue Rodeo tribute Sunday from 3:00 to 4:00 pm on the Main Stage

Full Entertainment Schedule

Event closes at 8 pm on Sunday.

Remember admission is free – donations accepted for the Milton District Hospital Foundation & The Learning Foundation or non-perishable food for the Salvation Army Food Drive.

Parking on Site only $5.00 per entry (no in and out privileges)

Milton Strawberry Festival June 25th 2011

Mmmm…

Its that time of year again.  This Saturday June 25th at the Milton Fairgrounds marks the return of the STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL!

All proceeds go to support the Milton District Hospital Auxillary.  Fun and games for kids as well as…well you know…STRAWBERRIES!

Everything starts at 8am!  See you there.

Great Day for the Milton Mutt Strutt

The rain didnt damper anyone’s fun on Saturday at the Milton Fairgrounds for the 2nd Annual Milton Mutt Strutt.

The weather wasnt really cooperating with the events for the day but the dogs put on a great show and they made it a a really fun event.  Yannick Carter from the Hamilton Tigercats was the special guest and he opened up the days festivities with his story of adopting cats from the Oakville Milton Humane Society.  He along with a number of other dog owners braved the rain as he led them on a slightly abreviated walk.

Milton Mayor Gord Krantz, yours truly as well as other town councillors Rick Malboeuf (who brought his dog for the walk) and Rick Di Lorenzo joined other dignitaries Halton MPP Ted Chudleigh in the days events.  A number of federal candidates joined us as well including Liberal candidates Connie Laurin-Bowie, Conservative candidate Lisa Raitt, Green Party candidate Judi Remigio and NDP candidate Pat Heroux came out to cheer on the participants and see the shows these talented pets put on, despite the weather.

I dont know off hand what the final tally was in the fundraising efforts of the Oakville Milton Huname Society but it should be pretty close to last years total, if not more!  The organizing committee should be commended and congratulated for a great event and hopefully we can get better weather next year.  Thanks to everyone who came out with their dogs and supported this organization.  You can find out more about the Human Society by going to their website www.oakvillemiltonhumane.ca

A big TWO PAWS UP to everyone involved.

Mutt Strutting and Sun Burning

I had a busy weekend planned  for the family as we had Miranda’s second birthday party at Pat’s hotel (Four Points Sheraton Meadowvale…cheap plug) with family and friends coming out.  Of course she was spoiled with lots of clothes and toys (her favourites being baby strollers and a tea set)  Pat and I spent a good part of Sunday night having tea parties.

The other part of our weekend was yesterday and the Oakville Milton Humane Society put on the first annual Mutt Strutt at the Milton Fairgrounds.  One word can be used to describe the day…success.

The weather looked like it would put a damper on the event but as the morning continued until the afternoon the clouds made way to a sunny, warm afternoon.  Families came out with their pooches to take part in a fundraising effort and to help raise awareness of the local humane society.

For years the society was known as “Oakville & District” which caused quite a bit of confusion for us as Milton was always part of the district, but many people didn’t know it was.  They have changed their name to Oakville and Milton Humane Society and with this event, helped people realize what exactly it does.

There were so many dogs of all kinds, shapes, colours and breeds that lined the fairgrounds.  The registration table was lined with people and their pledge forms and some of the totals were staggering.  I cant wait to see how much they did raise.  Halton MP Lisa Raitt, Halton MPP Ted Chudleigh, Mayor Gord Krantz and Regional Councillor Colin Best kicked off the event and led the group of dogs in either the 5k walk or the shorter one around the fairgrounds.

The food was amazing as the ever popular Troy’s Diner was there with hamburgers, hot dogs and other tasty deserts. Troy’s large inflatable COKE bottle was the first thing most people saw and hearing comments from people walking in, “HEY, Troy’s here!”  You haven’t had a burger until you’ve had a TROY’S burger.

The walk wasnt the only part of the day as there were demonstrations from professional and amatuer dog owners showing off their canine tricks, like frisbee catching and dancing.  The day could only be described as a success by those who attended.  Speaking with a lot of people there, I heard that they cant wait for next year.  A big congratulations goes to the organizers of the event…well done.

Taking advantage of the great weather, Anthony and I decided to head out and go door knocking on Freeman Trail…until he ended up at his friends house.  Then I lost my volunteer because in his words “this is more fun Dad”

With the good weather I was able to talk to a lot of people  who were working on their cars, cleaning out their garage, or just sitting on their porch reading  a book.  Most people I did speak with were shocked that I was out early in the year, seeing how the election is in October.  There are a lot of homes to visit and Ive been getting an early start on the campaign trail.  My commitment is to knock on every door in the ward personally and speak to as many voters as possible.

Its not just for the election, as one of my campaign promises is to continue to visit the doors in between election campaigns.  There are a few people from residents to political vetrans who think thats a tall order but its part of the game and what our elected officials SHOULD do on a regular basis.  In many cases, your councillor and local level of government has the most impact on our day to day lives from by laws, property taxes and other services.  Your councillor should be accessible and most times are peoples first phone call. 

Some of the issues that were brought up during the day was traffic problems at Louis St Laurent and Thompson Road and the need for some kind of cross walk near the Metro plaza so people on both sides of Thompson Road can safely cross the street.  Traffic lights at LSL and Thompson Road are in the works and staff are doing counts to make sure they can make that intersection a safe one.  In order for it to happen, we need to keep up the pressure and your council representative needs to speak out on your behalf.

During that part of the afternoon I got ready to go home with a few future lawn sign locations and some commitments from people that they will indeed come out to vote for me on election day.  Their support is humbling and I look forward to speaking with more as the months, weeks and days go on.

The one thing I did forget during the day was sunscreen as Anthony and Pat reminded me when I got home.  My head, face and arms were quite red and I didnt feel it until later in the evening.  Must remember to keep some in the car.

Over the next day or so, I will endevour to get some pictures of the event posted for my site.  Until then, I’ll see you at the doors.

Milton Canada Day 2009

Its here again…

Fireworks, fun, frolic, and fun times.  All the information can be found at www.miltoncanadaday.ca

Heres some highlights.

“Canada Day” at MILTON FAIRGROUNDS – 136 Robert St.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 – 12:00 p.m.
Free Admission & Transit Service

Enjoy a whole day of fun celebrating “Canada Day” in Milton

“Milton Canada Day” celebrates the richness of Canadian culture and heritage attracting over 10,000 people to Milton Fairgrounds. An array of exciting events include fantastic live music, wide variety of entertainment, diverse food choices, arts and crafts, fun activities for people of all ages, and the grand finale featuring spectacular fireworks under the stars.

HIGHLIGHTS
Breakfast with The Veterans at Victoria Park
Swearing-in Ceremony for New Canadians
Live music featuring “Hotel California”
Kids Zone, Teen Zone and Family Activities

TRANSPORTATION
FREE Canada Day Shuttle Service Courtesy of Mattamy Homes

PARKING
Parking available on nearby streets and Downtown.  There is paid parking available at north entrance.

SPECIAL NOTES
We ask kindly to leave pets at home due to the animal attractions on site.  Please refrain from smoking in the following designated non-smoking areas:

Pathways, refreshment areas, family tent, kids and teen zones and nursing station

NEW FEATURES
Resting station for nursing mothers

ATM Machine on site for the day

We are always in need of volunteers to make the event a success!  Volunteers are required before, during and after the event.  June 27tth – July 2nd Set-up, day of event and dismantle  High school students are welcome to participate and receive community volunteer hours.  
Call Kirsten Pedersen at 905-691-7470 or email: kirsten@MiltonCanadaDay.ca

Milton Canada Day promotes waste reduction, reuse and recycle initiatives.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Want to become an official Canada Day Sponsor? Sponsor this year’s Canada Day Celebrations and have your logo displayed on official Canada Day advertising and at the fairgrounds on Canada Day.
Call Pat Rideout at 905-875-7040 or email: Pat@MiltonCanadaDay.ca