Portarama returns this weekend with something for everyone

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The event features a wide range of activities, including live music, a parade, a soapbox derby, games, competitions and fireworks

After a two-year hiatus from myriad local live events, a popular festival is making a much-anticipated in-person return this weekend.

The Portarama Family Festival promises something for everyone with a full range of offerings.

“This is a 37-year celebration dedicated to celebrating our city and our city’s history,” said festival president Nadine Woods.

Established in 1985 as a Victoria Day festival, Portarama has been a huge hit ever since. Organized by a dedicated group of community volunteers, the family festival kicked off on Thursday evening with opening ceremonies, which included the presentation of village youth – award of the year to Lexie Utton and volunteer of the year honors to Terry Black. To park.

Other Saturday events include a community parade beginning at 11 a.m., a village-wide garage sale as well as a range of contests, games, a spaghetti dinner and ‘music on the water’ with five bands performing before the evening fireworks.

Woods said that although the event took place virtually last year with a number of activities, this year’s pirate-themed event could best be described as “Baby Portarama” as some regular events do not are not offered due to COVID-19.

“We do some of our core events like the soapbox derby and the pancake breakfast,” she said. “But there’s still a ton going on.

“We’re really excited about this and had a good two years of waiting for this to happen. I think we’re going to have an incredible turnout. The conversation is big this year.

Woods is one of seven people on the organizing committee, which includes many new members this time around.

The festival also relies on a team of about sixty volunteers to make it happen and ensure it runs smoothly.

“We’re pretty proud of that,” Woods said. “It’s your small town Canadiana festival. We hope Mother Nature cooperates.

For a full list of Portarama events, click here.

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