A number of years ago, we visited the Bowmanville Maple Festival & All That Jazz. The entire main street was closed off for the festival. The was no mean feat, as the main street is the former Highway #2 and is normally a very busy road! However, the road was closed and full of festival visitors. Parking close to the main street was difficult to find, but after a little driving we found a spot on one of the side streets. We walked from our parked car to the main street. The festival was in full swing! Vendors had set up their booth along the street. There was a long line up at the Lions Pancake Breakfast and jazz musicians were entertaining the crowds at several locations.
What I have just described is
typical of any great event. People walking the festival and having a good time.
This year’s Bowmanville Maple Festival was NOT typical! Bowmanville had just
experienced a major downtown fire just a few days before the festival. Fire
crews had spent hours preventing the fire from spreading and succeeded
heroically! The citizens of Bowmanville must have been in shock, but the spirit
of the residents and the festival organizers lived on! Despite the calamity the
festival was held as scheduled. I know Gary and I enjoyed ourselves, as did the
other festival visitors.
To me this shows what true community spirit is all
about. People working together even in the face of great odds!
Why an Interview,,,
Over the years we have been able to meet and talk with some very interesting people. They have shared with us their knowledge and have provided us with a great deal of insight as to how and why festivals and events work and why they are so important to our communities and to the Province of Ontario. With this in mind, we decided that we wanted you to meet and hear from some of the wonderful people who work so hard to provide us all with such wonderful Ontario Festivals and Events! We are pleased and proud to present "THE INSIDE SCOOP"!