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Wildly popular Potato Festival returning this summer

March 3, 2022   ·   0 Comments

There have been many cherished memories made during Alliston’s annual Potato Festival held every August for close to half a century.

For those that grew up locally, a night at the midway with friends probably brings back some special times. For others, the pancake breakfast, the baby show, or Saturday on Victoria Street with the car show, performances, bands, and vendors, may make may some great memories.

Then, of course, there is the Friday night parade that brings out as a many as 30,000 spectators to one of the best parades in the country.

The Festival not only draws man local residents, people come from a considerable distance to take part in the festivities.

After two years of no festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Potato Festival is ready to return this summer.

With the downward trend of the virus and the fact that most of the Festival is held outdoors, the Potato Festival committee has consulted with both the Town and the Health Unit to get input on the viability of having the Festival this summer.

There have been very few, in any annual festivals held in Ontario over the past couple of years, and most people are ready to just get out there and have some fun.

Festival Director Beth Wink confirmed the Festival will take place and said the Festival committee is in “full swing preparation mode.”

That means you will able to attend the parade, the after party on Victoria Street, the midway at the fairgrounds, and see some great bands at the Lions Beer Garden this year.

This will be the 49th year since the Festival started. 

By Brian Lockhart
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

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