By Vivian Collings
Colourfest is back more vibrant than ever after a two-year hiatus on Saturday, Oct. 1 in downtown Haliburton.
It is a free event hosted by the Municipality of Dysart et al and the Haliburton BIA with help from the Rotary Club of Haliburton.
Events and recreation manager for the Municipality of Dysart et al Andrea Mueller said, “It’s always lots of fun. I’m really looking forward to it. I hope the weather’s good for us and we get a nice big crowd.”
The event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Familiar favourites will be featured like Rotary Club of Haliburton’s pumpkin rolling contest at 2 p.m. and the scarecrow decorating contest at 2:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required.
The Rotary Club will also have a hot dog barbecue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Colourfest is a great way for us to celebrate Haliburton’s most beautiful season in my humble opinion,” said Haliburton Rotary president Ursula Devolin. “The Rotary Club has been running the Pumpkin Roll for a few years now, and it’s always a delight to watch the kids have fun with this simple and seasonally appropriate event. The hot dog barbecue event is new for us this year, but I’m sure the kids and adults will love it.”
There will be a scavenger hunt downtown, and inflatable games like archery, axe throwing, and basketball.
Camp Camexicanus will have buskers, an arts and crafts station, and a mural project, and the Haliburton County Public Library will have an activity booth.
Pockets the Clown will be providing face painting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There will be a vendor market, a photo booth, and the Haliburton Haliburton Time Travellers will be at Colourfest sporting their vintage vehicles.
Haliburtion BIA president Luke Schell is excited for another great in-person event after the two-year break related to COVID-19 health measures restricting public gatherings.
“Dysart et al, and the BIA are happy to once again celebrate our gorgeous fall season wrap up with Colourfest, an event the BIA initiated and have been involved in for many years. Come and join us in our beautiful downtown area for a fun-filled, family friendly afternoon.”