Pelham Summer Festival promises four days of fun


Pelham is ready to party.

After being suspended for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pelham Summer Festival is back, promising a full range of activities taking place over four days starting Thursday (July 14) and continuing until see you on Sunday.

“Our volunteer committee started working on it late last year, on alternatives,” said Leah Letford, communications consultant for the town of Pelham. “Fortunately, many restrictions that affected the festival have been lifted.”

There are, however, some changes to the festival. The main stage has been moved from Pelham Street to the front of the Town Hall and there will be several smaller busker areas set up on Pelham Street hosting a variety of performers from magicians to musicians and everything in between.

The festival kicks off with the traditional farmers market and event in Peace Park on Thursday, complete with live music. Max Ingro and Tina Turner’s tribute, Simply the Best, will perform at the event.

Country music takes the main stage on Friday, with Copper and Iron, The Marty Allen Band and Country Junkies.

“It’s one of the most beloved parts of the summer festival,” Letford said. “It’s the night you can put on your cowboy hat and boots.”

Saturday will kick off with the Pelham leg of the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games Torch Relay with a ceremony on the main stage. Other entertainment includes Too Much of Jon, Kindred, The Howling Horns, Figure Four, Talk Machine and The Chimps.

On Sunday, a car show features 80 vehicles and an afternoon of jazz at the bandstand featuring the Max Hillier Band, Steve Burnside and Juliet Dunn.

There will also be entertainment for children throughout the weekend, including a giant puppet show presented by the Carousel Players, magician Scoop McCoy, the Strong Waters Drummers and more.

The focus was on giving local artists a chance to perform after two years of not being able to ply their trade.

“For so many local artists, this will be a chance to perform in front of a large audience,” Letford said.

Opening hours for this year’s Pelham Summerfest are 4-10 p.m. Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

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