Meaford is turning 150 this year and you're invited to a series of excellent events to honour our wonderful town!

 

Birthday Celebration Kick-off on March 10, 2024

Join us on Sunday, March 10 from 11:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m., starting off at Meaford Hall and then go to the Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre for more festivities. Fun all day long!

 

Starting off at Meaford Hall at 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.:

  • Museum exhibit Meaford 150 years Retrospective will be in the Meaford Hall Galleries from January 8 to March 28, 2024.  Museum reception will be from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Meaford's downtown history project and a special 150 Cookbook will be revealed and available for purchase.  A timeline of every decade.   Nibbles and music will be available.
    https://www.meaford.ca/en/meaford-hall/art-gallery.aspx

 

Then head to the Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre for: 

  • Free Family Public Skating from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Pickleball Demonstration and Skills Fun 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the meeting room
  • Community Engagement Displays  2 p.m. – 4 p.m.  A snapshot of our community through some of the organizations who thrive here: Meaford Ministerial, Rotary, Meaford and St. Vincent Agricultural Society, Meaford Theatre Company, Meaford Cultural Foundation, Goldenaires,  Meaford Family Resource Centre, Meaford Public Library, Sports – Pickleball, Curling, Coyotes Running Club. Children’s Activities by Meaford Scarecrow Invasion and Beautiful Joe Society, and the Quilting Guild. The Meaford Museum will be selling their Sesquicentennial Cookbooks. Meaford 150 Events table will be hosted by the ladies of the Bognor Spring Tea Party. Meaford 150 Merchandise will be available.
  • Opening Ceremony 2 p.m. -  Be part of ringing in the next 150 years. The Goldenaires will lead us in O Canada. Dignitaries will be welcomed. The Meaford Town Crier will share his declaration. Jeni Besworth, a renowned podcaster, will share stories of her childhood in Meaford. Dennis Freeborn, former police chief, will lead the ringing of the bells.
  • Other activities include adding your name, memory or what you like about Meaford to the townscape, learning about the Hello Campaign and Meaford’s 150 Signal. Police memorabilia and bike will be on display. Oh yes, treat yourself to a cupcake by the Meaford Family Resource Centre and a hot chocolate.  

150 Celebration Saturday, June 15, 2024

Parade - 1pm St. Vincent Street to the Harbour:

Parade Entry Form

Parade Waiver

 

Meaford's 150th Birthday Party

You're are invited to join Meaford’s 150th Birthday Party (following the parade) from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.  Come on down to the Rotary Harbour Pavilion to join in the FREE, FUN, FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES!  We’ve got lots of 150 giveaways – We’ve got cake, We’ve got games (egg & spoon races, bean bag bushel basket toss, putting game, Connect 4, Strongman Striker, Bottle Ring Toss and more ……)   We’ve got a Farmer’s Market,  We’ve got magic, We’ve got a Food Truck, We’ve got prizes, We’ve got surprises and SO MUCH MORE:   

  • Pickleball demonstrations
  • Line dancing demos
  • Displays and information
  • A curling rink
  • Lawn bowling demos
  • Face painting
  • Stilt Walker
  • Cow Pie Bingo

 See you there!

Meaford 150 Local Showcase in Concert - Saturday, June 29 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, June 29 @ 7:30 pm – Reg: $20 Stu: $5  Get your tickets here!

 

Meaford was officially established as a town in 1874 and the community is coming together to celebrate 150 years! Known for many things, Meaford is also recognized for its rich culture and local talent. The Meaford 150 Showcase in Concert is a great example of that!

 

Opening this showcase is Acapella Sound, a local chorus group composed of women who love to sing in four-part harmony. Their melodic blends are sure to set the tone for a great show. Next on stage will be The Marlins, a well-known local family, consisting of Lucy and Steve and their five children (Maria, Wilder, Mateo, Solomon, & River). Lucy and Steve have been playing music together for over 25 years and music continues to be at the heart of their family. Each family member plays an instrument and sings and are always a crowd pleaser. Paige Warner is no stranger to local stages but is on the cusp of really big things and we’re thrilled to have her join the show. The second act will feature Michael Gagliardi, an accomplished guitarist, specializing in Latin Jazz and Flamenco. Although he has a beloved local fanbase of former school chums, since leaving Meaford and moving to California at age 19, he has traveled the world and shared stages with artists such as BB KING, AARON NEVILLE, BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY, BUDDY GUY, ASIA, JOSE FELICIANO, AL DIMEOLA, FISHBONE, KEITH URBAN and many others. We are grateful that Michael could fit us into his very busy schedule of 170-200 performances per year.    magagliardi.com

Don’t miss this spectacular local showcase, in celebration of Meaford’s 150!

Proudly presented by Meaford Hall

Meaford 150 concert

Canada Day Celebrations 2024
  • Save the Date!

  • Don't forget about Canada Day. We will be continuing the celebrations on July 1st! Visit www.meaford.ca/CanadaDay (the listing of events for 2024 will be updated soon - currently activities from 2023 are on the website) and subscribe to that page for updates. We will notify you when more event info is available. 

 Walking / Hiking Tours

Meaford 150 Adventure Challenge - Take a bite out of it!!

Meaford is celebrating it’s sesquicentennial. The Meaford Adventure Challenge will take you through the trails while learning about Meafords’ history in a family friendly adventure challenge.  Complete one hike or complete them all.  For every hike you complete, submit a photo with the Meaford 150 logo and your name will be submitted into a draw to win a basket of Meaford prizes!!

The challenge will run from May 18th to August 31st.

The trails included in this challenge are:

  • Bognor Marsh Loop
  • Silent Valley
  • Crevice Springs Woodford and Woodford Escarpment Loop
  • Bayview Escarpment side trail
  • Pines and Clearview Loops (Polish Soldier) 
  • **Irish Mountain Lookout
  • **Tom Thomson Trail

** accessible options

Check out Meaford's 150 Sesquicentennial Facebook page for details on where to submit your photos!!

Disclaimer:

All forms of outdoor recreation have a higher level of risk than most ordinary activities, and therefore can be potentially hazardous and/or dangerous. This includes hiking and other activities on the trails listed.  There are many other risks, both natural and/or man-made, that could lead to injury or death while using any hiking trail.

Therefore, it is the responsibility of the participants of the Meaford Adventure Challenge to learn the necessary skills for safe hiking and other trail activity, have the proper physical conditioning, and carry the proper gear, including a good trail map, while hiking any trail. All users of this website must assume full responsibility for their own actions and personal safety while hiking on any trail. All participants must also exercise sound judgment, be prepared for all weather and trail conditions, and seek advice from local authorities on current trail conditions and wildlife warnings before venturing out onto any trail.

 

Historic Hikes Meaford-150 by Robert Burcher

(1)   Trout Hollow -  The history of John Muir, the famous naturalist and conservationist and his time in Meaford in the 1860s. A tour to the cabin site and the Trout Hollow mill site in the Big Head River Valley.
2 hours / 3 kms. Very easy / Loop hike.
Sunday, April 7; Sunday, May 5; Sunday, September 8th

(2)   The Historic Mills of the Bighead River Valley – Four different mills that used the river for power. Trout Hollow sawmill; Pleasant Valley grist mill; The Georgian Bay Milling and Power Company; the Purdy Grist Mill and Randle's woollen mill at Sykes Street.

*Connection with Beautiful Joe Park folks for a tour. 4 hours / 7 kms / Medium difficulty / Carpooling would be necessary.
Saturday, May 11; Saturday, September 14th

(3)   The Royal Oaks Tour – a delightful little saunter in to visit the Oak trees that were grown from acorns that originated at the Royal Windsor Park England. These acorns were distributed during The Royal Tour of 1939. Also, some naturalist knowledge about oaks generally.
1 hour / 1 km / very easy
Victoria Day Monday, May 20.

(4)   Indigenous History of Meaford a talk at the site of the Native village shown on the 1880s map. A talk about aspects of the Indigenous history of the area. Hurons, Petuns, Odawa, Ojibwa and Metis. 
1 hour / Accessible / Meaford Harbour
Saturday, June 8th

 

There is a limit of 15 people on each hike. More hikes will be scheduled if there is a bigger demand. Reserve a spot with Robert Burcher burcherphoto@gmail.com 519-599-6195 for more information.

 

*Good walking shoes or running shoes - NO sandals. Bring snacks and water. No dogs please. 

*Hiking at your own risk* 

 

Maps of Trout Hollow can be found at trouthollow.ca

Watch this site for information about dates for guided tours

 

Self Guided Walking Tours

(1)   Bognor Marsh Loop – greysauble.on.ca

(2)   Silent Valley –  Sydenham section - brucetrail.org look for Bruce Trail Section, Clubs and Maps

(3)   Crevice Springs Woodford and Woodford Escarpment Loop – Sydenham section – brucetrail.org look for Bruce Trail Section, Clubs and Maps

(4)   Bayview Escarpment Side Trail – Sydenham section – brucetrail.org look for Bruce Trail Section, Clubs and Maps

(5)   Pines and Clearview Loops - Polish Soldier – Sydenham secetion - brucetrail.org look for Bruce Trail Section, Clubs and Maps

(6)   Hibou Conservtation Area – greysauble.on.ca

(7)   Irish Mountain Lookout – meaford.ca  Parks and Trails

(8)   Tom Thomson Trail – visitgrey.ca look for Tom Thomson Trail

 

Christ Church, Anglican, Meaford 

Visit Christ Church for an in-person presentation about the history of the stained glass windows on Saturday June 1 from 10:00 am to Noon. The WW II memorial windows are made of glass from over 125 European churches with some pieces over 700 years old. See the windows, made of shards of stained glass from shattered windows, that Reverend Harold Appleyard arranged to be brought to Meaford.

 

Day Trips by Vehicle

There are many local books available about routes for day trips. Some suggestions are:

(1)   Daytrips on the Backroads

(2)   Georgian Bay Trips

 

Beautiful Joe Park 

This park has a walking trail. For information, go to beautifuljoe.org

Do you know Joe? 

 

Come to Beautiful Joe Park to learn about Meaford’s famous dog, Beautiful Joe, that spear-headed the kindness to animals’ movement way back in 1893.  The Beautiful Joe Heritage Society provide leisurely walking tours of this unique park in July and August with their Sunny Sunday Tours from noon to 2:00.  Private tours can be accommodated with notice at other times / dates by contacting admin@beautifuljoe.org for individuals or groups up to 40 people.  These tours touch on the story of our famous dog and his rescue; the interesting life of author Marshall Saunders who made him so famous; how the park and monuments came to be and who made it all possible …. lots of anecdotes to keep it entertaining with a bit of nature thrown in to round out the experience of this lovely shady place – moments from downtown Meaford. 

 

Please note that once you are in the park, the ground is quite level, and there are several benches on which to rest during a tour if needed.  These guided tours take about 30-45 minutes.  Visit www.beautifuljoe.org for more info.

 

 A picnic pavilion is onsite and can be booked through the municipality for events.   


Meaford and St. Vincent Fall Fair

Look for the 150th logo throughout our 2024 Fair Book in celebration of Meaford’s 150th - Fair book will appear on shelves in May 2024.

Cake Section:  Cake 9x13 decorated for Meaford’s 150th Anniversary (judged on appearance)

Egg Section: Meaford Birthday Themed egg painted to celebrate 150th Birthday 

Flowers Section:  Celebrate Meaford’s 150th Birthday-arrangement incorporpoating colours from Meaford’s coat of arms, blue & white and incorporate an apple into the design.  Other colours, foliage and filler can be included.

Photography Section: One print  Celebrating Meaford’s 150th Birthday

Scrapbooking Section: Celebrating Meaford’s 150th Anniversary

Antique Section:  Oldest Picture of the Town of Meaford 

Junior Section ages 5 years & under:   Play-dough numbers 150

Junior section ages 6-8 years:   Birthday card for Meaford 150th

Junior section ages 9-11 years : Write a story called  “Meaford’s Birthday Party Mix-up” - ideas, organization and presentation will be judged

Junior section ages 12-18 years:   Creative writing-A letter from you in 2024 to a resident of Meaford in 1874

 

DOG SHOW 

This fun event is brought to you by the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society in celebration of Meaford's 150th birthday.www.beautifuljoe.org 

Please register entries 11- 12:15 pm. Dog show to start at 1:00 pm.   Each dog must be on a leash.  You must have with you proof of current vaccinations and must have flea protection (ie advantage, etc). Anyone may show their dog.  This is strictly for amateur entrants only.

Regular gate admission includes pet entry Fee.

Please bring scooper/bag for your doggies accidents.

Prizes:  1st  $5.00              2nd   $4.00            3rd   $3.00    

All other entries: gift prize

  1. Biggest feet
  2. Cutest couple – dog and handler (costumes welcome)
  3. Funniest bark or howl
  4. Waggiest tail
  5. Shortest legs 

Open to all ages

 

We would like to invite all ages to put together a time capsule to celebrate  Meafords’ 150th. In your time capsule you could include a letter to future Meaford generations of fair goers. “What the fair has meant to me”, plus other items about Meaford. This could be in a shoe box or other appropriate box no more than 8” x10”.  This will be showcased in our exhibit hall on August 31st, 2024. There is no entry fee nor is there a prize but all entries will be put into a draw to win a Meaford 150th piece of merchandise of your choice. Please make sure your name, phone number or email contact plus address is on your time capsule.

We are also offering a 6’ table to display your 150th historical items please contact us at meafordfallfair@gmail.com & we will reserve a table for you.  You would have to be in attendance to display or talk about what you have brought to show.

Thank you for celebrating Meaford with us.  

2024 Events around the Municipality

2024 Events

January:
7: Mayor’s Levee

February:
19: The Amazing Chase: Winter Embrace – Bognor
24: Leap Year Dance – Bognor Community Centre
24: Polar Bear Dip – Fred Raper Park
24: Coldest Night of the Year - 34 Trowbridge St. W.

March:
8: Meaford Creative Arts Association – Meaford Paintings in RBA window
10: 150th Kick Off celebrations: Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre and Meaford Hall Galleries
30: Rotary Easter Egg Hunt – Beautiful Joe Park
30: Local businesses Easter Egg Hunt downtown Meaford

April:
16: Volunteer Appreciation – Meaford Hall Galleries
18-20: Meaford Theatre Company (Woodford) - Self Help by Norm Foster
25-27: Meaford Theatre Company (Woodford) - Self Help by Norm Foster
27: Meaford & St. Vincent Agricultural Society Beef Dinner
28: Bognor Community Centre: The Ridge River Ramblers with Sue Murdoch

May:
4: Rotary Baggy Clean Up - meet at Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre
5: Goldenaires Concert - "Livin' The Dream" Meaford United Church 2pm
11: Artisan's Flair & Crafters Market - Bognor Community Centre
31: Our Home Town: Dance Performance - Mutable Arts Studio

June:
1:Open the Doors at Christ Church to view the stained glass windows from 10am to noon.
Fridays from June 7 to Oct 11: Meaford Farmers Market 3-7pm - Harbour Pavilion
Cruise Nights beginning June 4: The Golden Town Cruisers
1: Meaford & St. Vincent Agricultural Society Plant Sale
15: 150th Celebrations - Parade followed by family fun!
23: Bognor's 1874 Strawberry Social - Bognor Community Centre 
29: Meaford 150 Showcase in concert at Meaford Hall
30: Canada Day celebrations - Leith

July:
1: Canada Day – Meaford Harbour 10am - 4pm
1: Golden Town Cruisers - 150 cars registered with extra events for all ages 10-3pm
1: Bognor's Canada Day Fireworks - Bognor Park & Community Centre 6:30pm - dusk
Every Friday: Meaford Farmers Market 3-7pm - Harbour Pavilion
Every Sunday: Sunny Sunday Tours of Beautiful Joe Park - 30 minute guided tours 12 - 2pm. (no tour on 21st)
9-13: Summer Theatre/Meaford Hall - Mysteries of the Keyhole House
13: Harbour Run/Walk – Meaford Harbour Pavilion
19: Rotary Fish Fry – Harbour Pavilion
20: Meaford Creative Arts Association Art Show and Sale at the Rotary Pavilion
20: Pet Expo - 150 years of pets/How pet ownership has evolved over the last 150 years.
23-27: Summer Theatre/Meaford Hall - Einstein!
27: Kinsmen Ball Tournament - William Croft Athletic Fields

August:
Every Friday: Meaford Farmers Market 3-7pm - Harbour Pavilion: Canada Day – Meaford Harbour
Every Sunday: Sunny Sunday Tours of Beautiful Joe Park - 30 minute guided tours 12 - 2pm
2-4: Meaford Summerfest – Downtown Meaford
2-5: Kin Kamp – Memorial Park
13-17: Summer Theatre/Meaford Hall - Billy Bishop Goes to War
17: Pickel ball Tournament – Arena, Community Centre & Curling Club
24: Bognor's Village Wide Garage Sale
28: Meaford & St. Vincent Agricultural Society Pork Chop BBQ
31: Meaford & St. Vincent Agricultural Society Fall Fair

September:
Every Friday: Meaford Farmers Market 3-7pm - Harbour Pavilion: Canada Day – Meaford Harbour
1: Beautiful Joe's Annual Pooch Pool Party at Blue Dolphin Pool 
Sept. 6 to Oct. 27: Meaford Creative Arts Association Fall Changing Colours Exhibit in the Meaford Hall Galleries
Sept. 7 to Oct. 15: Meaford Scarecrow Invasion
14: Music at Bognor Community Centre
20-22: MIFF - Meaford International Film Festival – Meaford Hall

October:
4: Scarecrow Invasion Parade & Family Festival - Meaford Harbour Pavilion
4: Farmers Market 3-7pm Meaford Harbour Pavilion
5-6: Apple Harvest Craft Show – Arena, Community Centre & Curling Club
5: Meaford Creative Arts Association reception in Meaford Hall Galleries
11: Farmers Market 3-7pm Meaford Harbour Pavilion
19: Bog-Toberfest Dance - Bognor Community Centre
26: Trick or Treat downtown Meaford
26: Bognor's Fall Festival Craft Show & Sale - Bognor Community Centre

November:
3: "Meaford/150 years in 125 minutes" Meaford Community Theatre with Goldenaires singing
8: Music at Bognor Community Centre
11: Remembrance Day parade and service
28-Dec 1: Christmas on the Bay - Market Square

December:
1: Goldenaires Winter Concert - Meaford United Church 2pm
7: Santa Claus Parade - Sykes Street

 

Check out the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/7035771053188067

 

We have merch! 
Available at Meaford Hall, Meaford Museum and 
https://ms2024.itemorder.com/shop/home/

150 merchandise poster

 

Have a look at the Sesquicentennial Sponsorship Package and let us know if you are interested in sponsoring.
Sponsorship Package

  

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Happy Birthday Meaford! 

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