Join us for a journey down memory lane as we explore the history of our festival through photos and newspaper clippings.
Feel free to email archived photos of your community band or choir to be included on our timeline
Bobby Gimby, composer of Canada’s Centennial song, “CA-NA-DA”,
has probably been the festival’s most notable guest.
Times have certainly changed! Baton twirling was a big event,
including judged competitions, in 1967.
1995 marked a big change in our festival. The Kinsmen Club was dwindling in size and, provincially, they were focusing their energies on TeleMiracle. The decision was made by the club to either end the festival that year, or pass on the responsibility to another service group or group of interested citizens. It was picked up by a group of concerned citizens and participants felt no more than a blip on the radar.
Not long after initiating the Saturday concerts on Main Street it was evident to the committee that bands were less and less willing to participate in a festival that ran during the May long weekend. Festival events were bumped back to the middle of the week. In 2015 it became necessary to add another day to the concert band venues, thus running from Monday to Thursday.