Past to Present Day HIGHLAND CREEK HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Thirty four years ago, in 1985 a small committee gathering was formed by the Highland Creek
Business Association to hold a heritage festival. Because of the interest shown and the work involved in organizing such an event, the West Hill/Highland Creek Lions Club subsequently became involved and took charge in coordinating the festival. It grew from a one day event to three days that lasted while the Lions Club was still involved.
A new committee was formed and the Festival became incorporated under the tutelage of
Clancy Delbarre with the assistance of Greg McConnell. For the last number of years the annual festival has been held in the Highland Creek Village. The only exceptions I recall was in 2000 when we held a 3 day event at Adams Park and then again when we partnered with the Miller Lash House when they celebrated their 100th anniversary.
The Festival has been a popular event with a history of large parade participants, banners hanging across the street at Morrish/Old Kingston Road, beer garden with tent and featuring a pancake breakfast on Father’s Day along with many children and adult activities. It indeed has a history for family and residents to get together, renew acquaintances have fun and to appreciate the community in which we reside.
Due to increase costs for such things as parade participants, lack of VOLUNTEERS, permits, insurance, barricades, ‘red tape’ in installing banners, along with no longer getting a financial donation from the Plaza that was once received from Ken Morrish and family and not knowing until the last moment if the Festival would have use of the parking lot in the Village and when construction would commence on that lot.
It became apparent with the newly elected Board of Directors that a new and proactive approach had to be taken if the Festival was to continue. The Board was supportive in continuing the tradition and the first item on the agenda was to develop a strong fundraising committee.
The next step to address was what could be done in reducing our costs and still maintain the integrity of a Heritage environment. Following discussion with the Board, it was determined that another location should be investigated that would present a cost saving and be community friendly.
Following review and discussion with City officials, approval was received to use the Highland Creek
Community Park on June 15, 2019 located on Ellesmere Road. The Park is conveniently located, has a baseball diamond, well treed and grassed, is large and can easily accommodate more visitors, more children and adult activities, more vendors
and importantly at a significant cost saving.
We will be looking for Vendors who have an interest in participating and of course volunteers who have ideas on children and adult activities along with volunteers who can spare a few hours during the day to help out.
Highland Creek Community Association President & Chairman Highland Creek Heritage Day Festival
LAST ANNUAL HIGHLAND CREEK HERITAGE FESTIVAL
SATURDAY JUNE 15TH 2019
LAST CALL FOR VENDORS & FOOD VENDORS FOR 2019
Festival takes place on Sat June 15, 2019
*****Submissions due ASAP - EXTENDED!!******
NEW LOCATION - HIGHLAND CREEK COMMUNITY PARK 3500 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON
Thank you for your interest in our event and good luck!!
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