Harbourfest, which brought more than 6,000 people to Owen Sound’s waterfront in 2018, is set to return for its second year July 13.
“We’re thrilled to continue to bring exciting events to our waterfront that offer a variety of entertainment that appeals to many different interests,” said city manager Wayne Ritchie.
Council authorized, on Monday, operating a licenced area for the city-run event on municipal property on and adjacent to 1st Avenue East near Mudtown Station from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the day of the event.
It also received a site map and budget for the festival, which will have an estimated net cost of $17,280.
Harbourfest, a free rain-or-shine event, will feature food, drinks, entertainment and family-friendly activities.
Entertainment on the main stage will include the children’s entertainer Magical Duda, funk-fusion band The Accolades, pop-rock musician Stacey Renee and her band and headliner Who Made Who, an AC/DC tribute band.
Craft breweries and food trucks will be on site. Owen Sound Police Services will again be running a Battle on the Bay tug-of-war-style competition from two floating docks in the inner harbour.
Community groups looking to participate in Harbourfest can visit OwenSound.ca/Harbourfest to complete a community groups and exhibitors application form.
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Owen Sound has been approved for $97,175 in federal funding to help make the Harrison Park Community Centre more accessible.
The money will come from the Enabling Accessibility Fund, small-sized project stream. The city will cover $52,325 of the project’s total cost.
The $149,500 project will include creating accessible washrooms, improving the kitchen’s accessibility, adding automatic door openers, providing accessible parking and removing barriers at the centre’s stairway.
The city applied for the funding in July 2018. The grant requires all work to be finished by May 12, 2020.
The community centre is booked about 280 times a year by community groups and for public events, reunions and family celebrations, according to a staff report.
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Owen Sound is planning to ban smoking at its compost facility.
Council approved an operations committee recommendation to pass a bylaw to prohibit smoking at the leaf and yard waste site on 28th Avenue East.
Staff suggested the ban due to fire concerns, which are heightened because “the site is currently unmanned.”