ENNISMORE — The Ennismore Shamrock Festival is making its post-pandemic comeback on Sunday.
The daylong festival, taking place at the Robert E. Young Recreation Complex, will feature a wide array of vendors, along with a jam-packed lineup of activities and events.
“There’s a little bit of everything for everyone,” Londa Junkin, chair of the Ennismore Shamrock Festival Committee, told The Examiner.
From Frisbee golf demonstrations and kid-friendly animal petting to outdoor sports tournaments, Junkin said the festival is sure to entertain guests of all ages — “from one to 101.”
Ennismore Optimist rookie ball, ball hockey and soccer tournaments will kick off at 8 a.m. The indoor Cottage Country Craft Show, featuring more than 80 vendors from the Ennismore and Peterborough area, along with some from Whitby and Cobourg, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“There’s direct sales, crafters, jewelry, leather work. You can start your Christmas shopping in July,” Junkin said.
The festival is free, but a $2 entry fee is required for the craft show. Children under 12 can attend for free. Proceeds will go toward 2023 festival operations.
Throughout the day, a host of local organizations will helm booths for guests to visit. Girl Guides, the OPP marine unit, Selwyn Public Library and Community Care will all be on site. The Selwyn Township fire department will be on hand with a rescue van and a fire truck for children to check out.
Kids in attendance will be able to take their pick from a number of activities, including face painting, sundae making, a bouncy castle and a dunk tank.
Attendees are welcome to pack their own lunches for the festival, but hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks will be available for purchase at an all-day barbecue.
This year’s festival won’t feature a truck and tractor pull, but Junkin says the event will make its return next year.
The Ennismore Shamrock Festival, a long-standing tradition in the community, began in 1967 as a centennial celebration.
After two cancelled festivals due to the pandemic, Junkin said this year’s Ennismore Shamrock Festival will allow community members to get out and socialize in the name of “fun.”
“We haven’t been able to really go anywhere. We haven’t been able to really do anything. So to be able to continue the tradition and just have fun and watch the kids play will be great. Seeing the smiles of kids’ faces is worth it all,” Junkin said.
Brendan Burke is a staff reporter at the Examiner. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach him at email@example.com.
Brendan Burke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Peterborough Examiner