Local Festivals Tops In Ontario

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A participant at the Carrousel of Nations waves the flag during opening ceremonies. The festival was recognized as one of the best in Ontario.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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(WINDSOR, ON) – Festivals and Events Ontario has announced the 2016 Top 100 Festivals and Events in Ontario, and three local festivals are included on the list. The Carrousel of Nations held on Windsor’s riverfront made the grade along with Tecumseh’s Corn Festival and Amherstburg’s River Lights Winter Festival.

Ontario’s top festivals were fêted at a ceremony held in Markham on March 4. The recipients are representative of the best the province has to offer.

The winners were chosen from submissions by members of Festivals and Events Ontario. Many events were not part of the judging process that selected the three local winners.

There is a slate of local festivals for 2016 that cover every conceivable genre.

Kingsville will host the Sun Parlour Rodeo as well as the Kingsville Folk Music Festival. Colchester is the home to the Lavender Fest while Amherstburg will be the site of Woofa-Roo Pet Fest, the Gone Car Crazy Show, and the Garden Tour and Stroll. And Leamington will showcase Art at the Marina.

Visitors to Bluesfest Windsor can see a remarkable collection of acts including a Woodstock reunion of Michael Shrieve (Santana), Leo Lyons (Ten Years After), and Gregg Rolie (Santana).Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Visitors to Bluesfest Windsor can see a remarkable collection of acts including a Woodstock reunion of Michael Shrieve (Santana), Leo Lyons (Ten Years After), and Gregg Rolie (Santana).
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Closer to home, Windsor will again be rockin’ and rollin’ at the Festival Plaza with the 21st annual BluesFest featuring 3 days of local, Canadian, and internationally renown musicians.

Kicking off festival season will be a newcomer to the scene. Smoke On The Water will take over Lakeside Park in Kingsville at the end of May for all things BBQ and grilling in addition to local craft beer and wine. Just in time for the barbecue season.

Guy Davis appeared at the 2nd annual Kingsville Folk Music Festival in 2015.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Guy Davis appeared at the 2nd annual Kingsville Folk Music Festival in 2015.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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