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Midhurst Autumnfest Fall Fair ready to celebrate half-century

What began as a small neighbourhood party in 1969 and has since grown to become one of the largest community events in Springwater
2018-08-14 Midhurst RB
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The Midhurst Community Recreation Association is proud to announce that we will be holding the 50th annual Midhurst Autumnfest Fall Fair on Saturday, Sept. 28!

For 50 years, the fair has been a source of fun for the local community.

It began as a small neighbourhood party in 1969 and has since grown to become one of the largest community events in Springwater, last year drawing in around a thousand attendees from around our region.

This summer will be the first summer that the newly built Midhurst Pavilion, (which is located at 40C Spence Ave., and was paid for partly by funds raised at Autumnfest) is ready for use, and the organizers of the fair have decided to move Autumnfest from the former venue at the Midhurst Community Park on Doran Road to the pavilion.

The new venue boasts a power supply — a very helpful amenity — lots of room for games to take place outside, and a roof for vendors to locate under, reducing the risk of rain being a negative factor at the fair.

The organizers are excited for this new venue, and believe that the best time to move to an improved location is for the 50th anniversary of the event. The official grand opening of the pavilion, to be attended by local dignitaries and politicians, will also be taking place during Autumnfest.

In terms of what to expect at this year’s fair, there’s some new, some old. Like in years past, local businesses and vendors will set up booths and attendees will have the opportunity to buy some great local goods.

Games and contests, such as the always-popular Scarecrow Contest, tug-o'-war, egg toss, and others will be continued, and the organizers are researching some new and exciting games that will provide fun for all ages. There’ll be food, and this year, organizers are allowing food trucks and other food vendors to attend, allowing for more variety in what you can get to eat.

This year, longtime Autumnfest organizer and MCRA vice chair Lori Hanna will not be serving as chair of the event. The MCRA thanks her for her years of dedication to Autumnfest. In exciting news, local high school students and MCRA board members Hale Mahon, Ryan Khosrovaneh, and AJ Kapty will be returning this year as the event’s organizers.

These young men planned the fair last year with great success, and the MCRA is looking forward to their contributions to Autumnfest this year.

All in all, the 2019 Midhurst Autumnfest Fall Fair is set to be a great event, and we encourage everyone in the area to attend and help us celebrate our 50th anniversary!

If you want to be a vendor, want to help out, or want more information, contact us at [email protected].