The 3rd annual Big DADDY Festival, which ran in various locations across Halton Hills over Father’s Day weekend, was a huge success.
There was indeed something for everyone, and many Dads came out to enjoy the festivities with their kids of all ages - there were even some moms and grandparents there too!
On Friday June 15th, Park School held its first Boogie Walk, raising $2,000 for the Georgetown Hospital, and enthusiastically kicking off the Festival.
Children paraded from Park School through downtown Georgetown ending up back at the hospital. The students showed off their fabulous dance moves and were cheered on by many downtown businesses! Friday night at the Gellert Centre was a great place for an active Dad and his kids. Whether they were playing pick-up soccer, swimming at the free swim or climbing into one of the Mighty Machines, everyone was definitely having a great time!
Saturday June 16th was a busy day, with many events happening in several locations.
Festival on Main in Downtown Georgetown ran from 8am -2pm and featured the Mighty Machines, bouncy castles, a rock wall, face painting, a puppet show, balloon artists, entertainment and numerous activities and demonstrations by many of the downtown businesses - the atmosphere was rocking! Events also occurred in Acton including tree planting in Prospect Park, a downtown historical scavenger hunt and a surprising range of stellar performances in Acton’s Got Talent. "The Incredibles" movie capped off the evening in Prospect Park thanks to Party Cinemas.
Finally, Sunday rolled around showcasing two fabulous venues: Glen Williams and Norval.
In Glen Williams, the Williams Mill artists were on hand both demonstrating and providing hands-on experiences with a wide range of activities. Local musicians rounded out the experience. At the Beaumont Mill kids and Dads alike marveled at the skiff-building demonstration and took in the painting and antique activities. The Copper Kettle and Glen Oven had Dad-themed lunch specials - yum! Willow Park Ecology Centre in Norval hosted an Aboriginal-themed event with arts and crafts, a drum circle, a scavenger hunt and a chilling get-in-the-river “little paddlers” boat race.
Overall, the weekend was a fabulous success drawing large crowds of both residents and tourists and providing enthusiastic families with a way to celebrate their loved ones. We hope you could make it and look forward to seeing you next year!!!!