If you’re in the mood for a Thanksgiving festival, Lincoln, Ontario is the place to be this weekend. The 48th annual event will take place at Balls Falls Conservation Area from November 17 to 19, and there will be plenty of activities to keep you entertained.
The festival kicks off on Friday with a parade at 7 p.m. You can expect floats, bands, and plenty of candy—the perfect way to get into the spirit of things. On Saturday, there will be a car show, a petting zoo, and a fireworks display. And on Sunday, the fun wraps up with a pancake breakfast and a church service.
So whether you’re from the area or just passing through, be sure to stop by the Thanksgiving Festival at Balls Falls. There’s something for everyone!
History of the Thanksgiving Festival at Balls Falls
The Thanksgiving Festival at Balls Falls has a long and rich history. It began in 1970 as a way to celebrate the harvest season and bring the community together.
Since then, it has grown into a major event that attracts visitors from all over Ontario. The festival features live music, art exhibits, food vendors, and lots of family fun. This year marks the 48th anniversary of the festival, and we’re excited to share it with you!
What to See and Do at the Festival
There are a number of artisan vendors selling their crafts at the festival this year. You’ll be able to find unique gift items for your friends and family. If you’re looking for something more practical, the market vendors will have everything from clothes to food.
There are also a number of nature hikes and heritage tours available. The hikes will take you through the forest and along the river, while the heritage tours will teach you about the Lincoln area’s history.
And if you’re looking for a little bit of relaxation, the festival has you covered with its forested tails program. You can sit back and listen to the soothing sounds of the river while enjoying a hot cup of coffee.
New This Year: Live Music, Demonstrations, and More
This year, the 48th Thanksgiving Festival at Balls Falls will be bigger and better than ever before. In addition to the usual family-friendly activities like wagon rides, pumpkin picking, and a corn maze, there will be live music, food demonstrations, and more.
You’ll be able to see cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs like Lynn Crawford and Roger Mooking, listen to live music by Canadian artists, and learn about traditional Aboriginal culture. There will also be plenty of food options available, including turkey dinners, traditional Thanksgiving fare, and Aboriginal cuisine.
So mark the date in your calendar and join us for a fun-filled day at the 48th Thanksgiving Festival at Balls Falls.
Where to Stay During the Festival
During the festival, there are a few different on-site accommodation options available. You can choose to stay in a cozy yurt, which are set up in the forested Area. There are also RV sites and primitive tent sites available in the Upper Campground, which is located next to the Upper Falls.
Foods to Try at the Festival
When it comes to food, you can expect the traditional Thanksgiving feast with all the fixings. But if you’re looking for something a little different, there will be plenty of vendors selling fall-themed foods like pumpkin pies, apple cider, and maple syrup. And of course, no festival would be complete without the turkey!
One vendor that you won’t want to miss is The Pie Guys, who will be selling their famous pies by the slice or by the whole pie. They have a wide selection of flavors to choose from, including pumpkin, apple, pecan, and key lime. And if you’re feeling adventurous, they also have a “mystery pie” that changes flavors each week.
Other vendors worth checking out are The Cider Mill (for fresh apple cider), Maple Magic (for all things maple), and The Turkey Lady (for roasted turkey).
Tips for Attending the Festival
Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned pro, here are a few tips to make the most of your visit to the 48th Thanksgiving Festival at Balls Falls:
- Plan your route in advance and map out the vendors you want to visit. With over 200 vendors spread out across the grounds, it’s easy to get turned around (trust me, I’ve done it before!)
- Make sure to bring cash, as not all vendors accept card payments. There is an ATM on site, but the lineups can be long so it’s best to come prepared.
- Wear comfortable shoes – you’ll be doing a lot of walking! And if the weather is anything like last year, make sure to dress in layers.
- Lastly, have fun! The Balls Falls Thanksgiving Festival is a great way to kick off the holiday season.
So, there you have it! The 48th Thanksgiving Festival at Balls Falls is sure to be a blast – with plenty of market and artisan vendors to browse, as well as nature hikes and heritage tours to enjoy, there’s something for everyone. So, be sure to mark the date in your calendars and we’ll see you there!
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