Olde Sandwich Towne Festival has begun

The Windsor Star September 7, 2012


Thousands are expected for the 23rd annual Olde Sandwich Towne Festival, which has been beefed up because of the War of 1812 bicentennial celebrations.

“This is really where it all started for us,” Maggie Durocher, one of the festival organizers, said Thursday. “The Americans took over Sandwich Towne.”

The free festival has a full agenda, she said, with a wide variety of events from 1812 bicentennial children’s parades to fireworks and a Motley Crew tribute band Saturday night.

The festival runs until Sunday afternoon.

On Friday, there will be an Essex County medieval heritage display and buskers. The band Barley Reavers will perform at the main stage at Sandwich and Mill streets from 9: 30 to 11: 30 p.m.

The Big Screen Outdoor Movie – The Lorax – will be shown on a 40-foot inflatable screen starting about dusk Friday at Russell and Mill streets.

Historical events include a Provincial Marine encampment near the river, historical storytellers, the formal dedication of a planned peace garden at 11 a.m. Saturday, and Sunday afternoon walking tours focusing on Sandwich in the War of 1812. There are also horse-andbuggy rides, historical cricket demonstrations, a Montreal canoe exhibit and a 4-H Voyageurs display.

A children’s 1812 bicentennial parade will be held Saturday and Sunday at 1: 30 p.m., where children will make their own military hats and carry flags along Sandwich Street.

Saturday events also include a classic car show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Windmill Park, a 2 p.m. drum and bugle corps presentation and Essex Kent Scottish performance, fireworks at 9 p.m. at Russell and Mill streets and Crued, the Motley Crew tribute band at 9: 30 p.m.

The entertainment on the main stage starts at noon on Sunday and includes magic shows, the Arden School of Dance at 3 p.m. and the First Nations White Pines Drummers and Dancers at 3: 30 p.m.

There is a schedule at the Olde Sandwich Towne BIA Facebook site.

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