Greg Oates of Vancouver-based marketing firm MMGY NextFactor speaks to county residents during a March 3 town hall meeting at the Haliburton Legion regarding a destination development plan the firm is creating for the County of Haliburton. /CHAD INGRAM Staff

Play in the Park

by Gail Stelter

Published August 9 2016

Come To Town Tuesdays!  Kids come and join the staff from the Haliburton Highlands Museum and Dysart Recreation to Play in the Park at 2 p.m. across from the information caboose at Head Lake Park.  Each week has a different theme! Come to Town Tuesdays for the Haliburton Farmers’ Market Music in the Park the display of antique cars free tours of the Haliburton Sculpture Forest and of course to support our local stores restaurants and businesses.

Haliburton County Farmers’ Market Antique Car Display Heritage Happenings continue in August. On Wednesday and Friday morning kids aged six to 12 are invited to the Haliburton Highlands Museum for fun activities based on our local history and heritage! They might play historical games create an old-fashioned treat do a craft inspired by the past learn about old-time trades or even do some archaeology! Different activities every day! No need to pre-register – just show up and get in on the fun!

Also in August the Highlands Summer Festival presents Fallen Angels and Miss Caledonia. To order tickets call 705-457-9933. The Haliburton Outboard Power Boat Races are back this year Aug. 19 to Aug. 21. Watch the sanctioned power boat races on Head Lake.  Friday night come out and meet the racers and take a look at the boats. Saturday and Sunday the races run all day.  Stop by and support the Hospital Auxiliary and the Lions Club.  There will be food beverages and raffles.

Looking ahead to ColourFest Saturday Oct. 1 and sending out call out for buskers street performers and plein air artists.  A buskers’ festival will be an important part of ColourFest 2016. The ColourFest committee will even give you a “kick start” honorarium for your participation. Open to all ages. For more information please contact Andrea Mueller at or Gail Stelter at

A second ColourFest call out for non-profit community groups who would like to be part of the festival. To date the Haliburton and District Lions Club is bringing its famous BBQ; the Haliburton Rotary Club is promising the best Pumpkin Rolling Contest ever held;  the Haliburton Time Travellers Car Club is expecting over 100 classic cars to participate; and Youth Unlimited will be back with an awesome Kids Zone. All community groups will be located in Head Lake Park. Reserve your spot now. You can share information fundraise for your group or organize a special festival attraction.

Contact Andrea or Gail for more information. The Haliburton Farmers’ Market is back as is RPM’s Pontoon Boat Tours of Head Lake. With more new attractions to come we are well on our way to the best fest yet!
Summer in the Highlands: it’s a great time of year. Enjoy the great weather and great times on the lakes and in the village.