Kids Expo was the biggest it has been in 17 years, started as an indoor event to fill a void in London entertainment, it has grown substantially in size and popularity as an outdoor festival for the past four years. Kids Expo was created with my oldest son Mitchell in mind. Mitchell has grown and will soon be a father himself (November 2011) It has been a great joy to see the same children visitors from 17 years of the event, now returning with kids of their own. The “Win Wheel Game Show” has remained as a free feature of the event since the second year when a need to distribute large quantities of toys, games, electronics and clothing became necessary. The game show has become a tradition that I have enjoyed hosting in London, Sarnia and Ottawa. Over 500 live game shows have been entertaining Ontario residences for 16 years. Special thanks to our many “regulars, you know who you are” I have enjoyed our many conversation and your kind words of support as I dealt with the diagnosis of a Brain Tumor and Cancer. “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger” I continue to enjoy life and a great satisfaction in providing a free Kids Expo for the community I love.
London International Food Festival
This year’s Food Fest had great weather and record attendance topping 100,000 visitors and 100 plus exhibits. New this year was the loaded baked potato, British Meat Pies and many new cultural food choices. The organic beer from Mill Street Brewery has become a favorite of festival guests looking for the best that hop’s and barley has to offer. New this year were two massive shade tents that were well used. The festival featured Rides, activities and a record number of food choices.
The London Ribfest was its 25th year and is the first Ribfest in Canada. The festival featured 10 world class Ribbers battling it out for awards including best Ribber. This year not only did the local “OLG” join as a Rib competitor, they also walked away winner of a top award. Also featured was food from around the world to please everyone in the family. The Home Show in The Park concept once again drew huge numbers and praise from the public. This year featured 6 stages with performers from the London and area representing all music and entertainment genres. New features included a large seniors pavilion with social games and services. This year was also the launch of the pet boulevard that featured exhibits for you all your fury friends. amusement rides, 2 road closers and much more, Ribfest is the largest event in London.
“Depending on whom you ask, Ribfest might be London’s most popular summer festival.”
London Free Press
At the end of the festival season, Fallfest marked the end of the harvest and the beginning of the fall season. It featured live music of all popular tastes, carnival rides, a pumpkin contest and a free scarecrow making area. The festival featured Craft Beer and Local Wine. This first time event proved to set in motion as an annual event that will continue to grow in the direction of a family fun in the early fall.