Although brilliant sunshine ruled the week leading up to Saturday June 23rd, the weekend was rainy. This did not prevent Miltonians from supporting the 38th Annual Strawberry Fair in aid of Milton District Hospital. At the entrance to the Milton Fairgrounds, visitors were welcomed by friendly greeters. As the brochure stated there was ‘Something for everyone’ at the event!

Most people had of course come for the strawberries, but the aroma of sizzling hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill filled the air. Strawberries: Slushies, Shortcake and Pancakes were co-sponsored by Bert and Laurie Andrews, Andrews Scenic Acres and Mattamy Homes. Ice cream was provided by Troy’s Diner.

Entertainment for the day began at 8:30 with the opening ceremony, led by MC Rob Hewlett and featuring the Milton Concert Band. Throughout the rest of the day visitors were treated to dog shows; live band performances; dancing; gymnastics and lots of talented singers. The much anticipated annual Summer Flower Show of the Milton and District Horticultural Society in the long barn was a great place to shelter from the occasional rain, to chat with friends and to view the beautiful arrangements of flowers and seed designs that lined the tables. Membership to the society was offered to interested visitors. One Member, Krys Good described their role at the event: “We help people. We advise people. We enter the flower contest ourselves.”

As well, flyers were handed out advertising the upcoming Secret Gardens of Milton Tour which is on July 8th. Tickets for this may be found at La Rose, The Flower Mill and the Trail Eatery. At one end of the barn was an abundance of white elephant items which a bystander declared was very interesting and quite high quality ‘stuff ’. The afternoon ended up being quite dry and more people filled the area, enjoying the tasty food and the great entertainment.

Despite the weather, which brought welcome rain for strawberries and flowers, everyone had a great time. As Maggie at the water and soft drink table said: “It’s ok! It’s just a little wet!” Much thanks to the volunteers at Milton District Hospital Auxiliary (MDHA) for organizing this annual Milton event.

Jenny Panda
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