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Clinton’s Trial Farmer’s Market Deemed a Success

15 Aug

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Clinton & Central Huron BIA has a trial Summer Market operating Wednesdays until September 4 from 8am to 2pm at the Library Park.   “Originally planned to close on August 14th, the market was extended a couple of weeks as this season’s unique weather sees produce maturing later than is typical here,” says Co-ordinator Sandy Garnet. “Downtown businesses report increased traffic and there’s a strong desire from our merchants to expand the season in 2014.”

There are vendors who sell fresh meats, fresh baked goods (including gluten free), cheese, maple syrup and honey, farm fresh eggs, as well as home made crafts and one of a kind items. The main feature, however, is the farmers and their fresh picked fruits and vegetables.   Averaging ten vendors each week, the market can easily accommodate up to 20 and hopes to encourage more vendors from Central Huron.

Check out some of the local flavour featured at the Farmers’ Market.  And, if you’re gluten free check out the Almond White Chocolate Coconut Squares from Humble Roots Bakery – I can vouch for them … they are quite tasty.

Location:

The Market is located 27 Albert Street, Clinton, Ontario N0M 1L0
Wednesday 8am – 2pm, until September 4th

Contacts:

Sandy Garnet, Made in Huron, 519-525-0671 (Made in Huron on Facebook)
Nina,  ReLook Nook, 519-606-4001  (Re-Look Nook on Facebook)

4 year old Landin Carter

4 year old Landin Carter

Gluten Free, Lactose Free and reduced sugar baking from Humble Roots Bakery in Milverton.

Gluten Free, Lactose Free and reduced sugar baking from Humble Roots Bakery in Milverton.

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Ross Dobie of Auburn sold frozen meats and fresh vegetables for a Hurno County-based Mennonite friend. Ross Dobie of Auburn sold frozen meats and fresh vegetables for a Hurno County-based Mennonite friend.

Pauleen Kerkhof, a local Epicure consultant is a regular vendor at the Market.

Pauleen Kerkhof, a local Epicure consultant is a regular vendor at the Market.

An Evening at the Clinton Spring Fair

5 Jun
100_1559by Guest Diva-for-a-Day, Amanda Piskorki
Last weekend I attended the 159th Clinton Spring Fair. Saturday night I had the pleasure of attending the night life of the fair that consisted of fair rides and some games to win prizes. I was surprised to see the games and rides still in full swing at 9PM! I guess they didn’t want the fun to stop. Also, an event on Saturday, the demolition derby was the most popular amongst my crowd as was a beer tent where I shared conversation and drinks with fellow fair goers, friends and family. I will definitely be attending next year and encourage others to as well.  In my opinion (this was) one of the best events of summer!

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games at Clinton Fair

games at Clinton Fair

Amanda Piskorski lives just outside of Goderich near Dunlop.  She is Cooping in the Planning and Development department in Goderich for the summer, assisting Karri Sonke a GIS specialist. Piskorski goes to school at Georgian College for Environmental Technology in Barrie.

Off to the races in Clinton

30 May

By Diva Jenna Ujiye

This past Sunday, the four divas decided to head to the horse races at the Clinton Race Track. The four of us have heard of ladies dressing up in fancy hats and dresses, so we thought we would do the same. We first went in and checked out the baked goods and found the lucky number 7 from the OLG ads!

We could see the horses in the distance, getting warmed up and ready to go. The next step was to get a drink, we had heard that beer was $2.75 a can and it was true. We all took a quick peek at the race line-up and decided that we would likely base our bets on names and colours. Lisa was our lead on betting, as she has done it more than twice!

We watched a few races first and then headed in for our first bet. I bet on horse number 7 and it won, too bad I chose show, not win, but it got me $12.50! We stayed for a few races and a great time was had by all. We will be back!

Races happen every Sunday from May 20 – Sept.30 check out this link for more information:

Also, you may have heard that the Ontario Provincial government may close race tracks if they decide to back out of an agreement that gives the tracks and horse owners a share of slot machine revenue. After visiting the track I definitely think this would be horrible for rural communities. There were hundreds of people and families at the event on Sunday. The track holds events and caters to people of all ages, while gambling can be an issue, this day to me was more about camaraderie and having a good time!

For more information visit: http://www.clintonraceway.com/

Baby Lambs: an hour at sheep farm

11 May

By Divas Jenna Ujiye and Maegan Reinhart

Last Saturday was filled with fluffy little lambs and lots of sheep! We thought it would be fun to check out a sheep farm and we knew that there would be lots of lambs too! This farm is located just east of Clinton, there are others in the County, but you would have to call them to see if you could get in to take a peek! Enjoy the photos and video!

Looking for a fascinator? Marita’s has them!

6 May

By: Divas Jenna Ujiye and Maegan Reinhart

You just never know what you might find when shopping at Marita’s Fashion Boutique in Clinton. While on a quick shopping trip we thought we would check out the new stock at this great women’s clothing store. The front window was lit up with bright spring colours of red, orange, blue and white and we knew there was going to be something for us.

While looking at all the great fashions we found some great dresses and, the best part, beautiful fascinators! We have been looking for great head pieces for when we head to the live races at the Clinton Race track. Jenna ended up buying the whole outfit, she just couldn’t resist. The prices were excellent, the dress was $60.00 and the fascinator was $24.95.

We even found a little friend who like the fascinators as well and she modeled the white one for us! Maegan tried on a great dress and is still contemplating on whether to go back and buy it.

Just as we were about to leave we found these great spring jackets in blue and red… our favourite colours! They weren’t even out on display yet, but they allowed us to try them on. We didn’t buy them, but will likely return next week to get them, as they won’t be there for long!

If you are looking for a new piece to add to your wardrobe, Marita’s probably has it. They are located at 15 Victoria St, Clinton, ON.

Mon: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue – Fri: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Some great deals in Clinton!

4 May

by: Diva Jenna Ujiye and Maegan Reinhart

Last Saturday we (Maegan and Jenna) met Maegan in Clinton for breakfast. We had a delightful breakfast at Bartliff’s at a cost of around $6.00 each it was a great deal. We both had the breakfast special, but there are many other option available. They have many food choices for under $10 and the best part is the bakery. If you are looking for some sweet treats, this place has a variety of cookies, cakes, squares, bread and more! We then decided to do some exploring of downtown Clinton.

We had about two hours and thought that we would be able to go to every store downtown. Well were we ever wrong! We made it to four stores and due to our time constraints had to get going. This means we are heading back for more soon!

Our first stop was the Lion fountain and giant radar for a couple of photos.

The second stop was Per-fect Designs. This great flower shop with neat home decor accents was fun to just be in. The colours are so bright and cheery, especially the gurgle pots. If you don’t know what these are, make sure to google them, they are beverage pitchers that make a whimsical gurgle noise when pouring.

The second store we went in to was Marita’s Fashion Boutique, but we had so much fun and took so many photos we have written a completely seperate blog post about this great ladies clothing store! We also made stops at the Shipping Store, Rack N’Room and the Dollar Haven and Discount. We were trying to find deals for under $20.00 and we did find some great ones at the dollar store! Our favourite deal at the Shipping Store – T-box – shirts, underwear, dresses and more vacuum packed into tiny boxes, great for travel! Check out our photos below.

By: Diva Maegan Reinhart

1 Feb

Happy New Years, Happy Riding!

What do you get when you combine a raging rodeo and a new years celebration??  You get one fun-filled crazy day and night!  I went to Clinton’s REACH Huron New Year’s rodeo with no expectations and found an amazing day here in our very own Huron County.  The talent and skills that could be found in that riding arena were unbelievable!  Not to mention the bravery.  I caught myself wincing many times in excitement and thrill for the riders.  You want to talk about a nail biter experience, this was once to be had.   There were many qualifying events in the day from bronco riding, barrel racing, roping and bull riding.  The event was FREE during the day so next year if you are looking for some FREE fun head to the REACH Huron new years rodeo in Clinton. 

The evening event was spectacular!  Although the evening portion of the rodeo had a monetary cost to attend, it was well worth the money.  There were over 800 people who attended the event, young and old.  For someone who is inexperienced in rodeos I had such a blast.  The whole ambiance of the event screamed fun from the hilarious announcer to the talent of the participants.  I found myself attending the REACH rodeo with a group who also did not know what to expect and had their minds blown away.  A friend of mine said to me after the event, “I am not your typical cowboy or rodeo attendee, but I had a blast at that thing!”.  I couldn’t have said it any better.  The events included bull riding, barrel racing, calf roping, team roping and sorting, just to name a few.   Oh and we can’t forget my favourite the hilarious wild cow milking event.   Laughs could be heard across the whole riding arena.  The event was spectacular for any person and every family.   What a fun way to celebrate the New Year!  I’ve included some pictures that have been provided to me from S. Currah. 

For those who were looking for a fun way to ring in the New Year the event ended with a BX 93 Wild West video dance party!  One recommendation for those going next year is wear your cowboy boots and/or rubber boots if you’ve got em’!  The licensed event was packed full of over 700 people from across our county and from many others.  Be ready to have you boots rocking to a good time.  The screens were enormous and played music videos while playing the music to suit them.   What an event thrown by REACH Huron.  From beginning to end the REACH Huron rodeo & BX93 dance was an New Year’s event that had the whole crowd laughing, dancing, smiling the whole day and night through!

Winter isn’t boring where I live!

18 Jan

Winter on Ontario's West Coast

By: Diva Jenna Ujiye

I’ve head it said that winter in Huron County is “boring”. I always giggle at that thought, cause things are only as boring as you make them. There are many events and attractions to hit up during the winter months on Ontario’s West Coast.

Last year I filled my winter with intimate concerts, shopping, food and outdoor recreation. The only time I had to leave was to go downhill skiing, which just doesn’t exist in Huron. I remember an amazing sunny day in Bayfield where I met up with a bunch of people who where going on a guided snowshoe hike with Tyler Hessel from Outside Projects and then onto a beer tasting with Ted McIntosh at the Block Dog. The day started in the early afternoon and moved in to the evening. I don’t think I would call this boring at all.

On another day I spent the whole day shopping at the dress shops in Huron. I went to Designers in Exeter, Anna’s Dress Shoppe in Seaforth, Cowboy Loft in Brussels, Just Looking in Wingham, the Old Mill in Blyth and Something Irresistible in Goderich. This isn’t even close to them all, but I didn’t have enough time to stop and shop anywhere else. During this day I met many great people, bought some awesome clothes and had a wonderful day.

Yes, there are days, when the roads are horrible and it is safer to stay at home. On these days, I always find lots of fun in watching Taylor plow the driveway and playing in the snow!

I hope all of you can have fun like me during the winter in Huron County!!! If you can’t find something to do, send a message to us and we’ll help you to find what you are looking for.

A culinary workshop for every taste

30 Jun

During the 2011 Taste of Huron there will be 12 culinary workshops taking place around the county. Last year I got to check a bunch of them out, soooo good. I typically got enough food for a meal! Check out the 2010 photos. I have also added the info about the 2012 workshops below!

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2011 Taste of Huron Culinary Workshops

Home chefs and food enthusiasts get their chance to learn unique culinary techniques at local dining spots working with local chefs and food specialists.
Workshop Cost: $20.00 each
OR
Culinary Workshop Pass: 5 workshops for $80.00 ($20.00 savings)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Pies, Tarts and Berries – Oh My!

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Marlene O’Brien from the Bayfield Berry Farm
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Huron County Comfort (Foods)

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Teresa DeJong from High Creek Farms
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Eggs On

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Dave McMurray from Whiskful Thinking
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Roll Baby Roll

Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Hosted by: Lilia Hill from Lil’s Kitchen
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Deconstruction Site: A Look at the Cuts & Proper Prep of Meat

Time: 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Hosted by: Chef Joseph Petrinac from The Little Inn of Bayfield
Type: Cooking demonstration

Monday, September 5, 2011

La Dolce Vita

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Hosted by: Peter Gusso from the Blyth Station House
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Monday, September 5, 2011

Pack a Punch: How to Make a Healthy School Lunch

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Spencer Vail from the Benmiller Inn and Spa
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

School of Lake Huron Fish

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Chef Devin Tabor from Bon Vivant Personal Chef Service
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ordinary to Extraordinary

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Dave Koert from Koert Organics
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Summer Appy Hour

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Peter and Catherine King from Thyme on 21
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Going Gluten-Free

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Hosted by: Patti Robertson from Classic Total Concept
Type: Food prep demonstration with a delicious lunch

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Herb Garden

Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Hosted by: Nancy Hislop from Mulberry Hill Farm
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Let’s Celebrate our Heritage and Culture – Canada Day!

29 Jun

By: Diva Jenna

When I was a kid it was a huge deal to head down to the beach in Goderich and watch the fireworks every Canada Day. As I got older I went with only my friends and now I am back to hanging with my parents and plan to catch the fireworks with my family! It is so great that we celebrate our Canadian Heritage and Culture with a long weekend… it really gets the summer started!

Below, I have posted all of the Canada Day Weekend events that I could find in the county!

Thu, June 30, 2011 – Sat, July 2, 2011
Clinton Pluckinfest
Event Host: Kinsmen / KinettesStarts Thurs. at 5 pm with a chicken BBQ and continues the whole weekend. Other events include wings in the park, base ball tournament, beer tent and much more. There is something for all ages including children entertainment and events, a street dance Friday eve. Admission for dance (age of majority)
Location:Clinton Racetrack

Date: Thu, June 30, 2011
Contact: Angela Cullen
Telephone: 519-523-9488
Alt Telephone: 482-7349

Thu, June 30, 2011 – Sun, July 3, 2011
Goderich Canada Day Celebrations
Event Host: Tourism GoderichGoderich waves the Canadian flag to show its civic pride throughout the weekend. Festivities include: fireworks (June 30), heritage walk, picnic, Canada Day parade (July 1), Lion’s BBQ (July 3– 3:30 to 6:30 pm), friendship breakfast, and much, much more.
Location:Goderich

Date: Thu, June 30, 2011
Telephone: 519-524-6600
Alt Telephone: 800-280-7637

Thu, June 30, 2011
Goderich Canada Day Fireworks
Event Host: Tourism GoderichBeginning at dusk at the main beach Goderich. Bring the whole family to enjoy the spectacular fireworks over Lake Huron. Come start your Canada Day with a” bang”!.
Location:Main Beach, Goderich
Date: Thu, June 30, 2011
Telephone: 519-524-6600
Alt Telephone: 1-800-280-7637
Email: specialevents@goderich.ca
Website: www.goderich.ca
Starts at: 9:30 pm
Ends at: 10:30 pm
Cost: Donation`
Fri, July 1, 2011
Exeter Canada Day Celebrations
Event Host: South Huron Recreation Dept.Fun for the family. Breakfast, car show, bike decorating, fireworks and much more. Ends with fireworks.
Location:South Huron Recreation Centre, 94 Victoria St. E.
Date: Fri, July 1, 2011
Contact: Abby Hannah
Telephone: 519-235-1895
Email: www.southhuron.ca
Website: a.j-hanna@sympatico.ca
Starts at: 9:00 am
Ends at: 10:00 pm
Cost: Free
Fri, July 1, 2011
Wingham Canada Day Celebrations
Event Host: Wingham Firefighters Assoc.Fireworks at Riverside Park at dusk.
Location:Riverside Park
Date: Fri, July 1, 2011
Contact: Connie Goodall
Telephone: 519-357-1096
Email: cgoodall@northhuron.ca
Website: www.northhuron.ca
Cost: donation at gate
Fri, July 1, 2011
Seaforth Firefighter’s Breakfast
Event Host: Municipality of Huron EastCome and enjoy eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, pancakes, toast, coffee and juice.
Location:Seaforth Firehall, 31 Birch St.
Date: Fri, July 1, 2011
Contact: Marty Bedard
Telephone: 519-527-0160
Email: mbedard@huroneast.com
Website: www.huroneast.com
Starts at: 7:00 am
Ends at: 12:00 pm
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