Always a crowd favourite, the Bayfield Fire Department trucks round the corner onto John Ave. as they lead the 2023 parade toward the fairgrounds. In the foreground are Bayfield Fair volunteers Cate Thompson and Brandon Lowrey-Romanuk carrying the Bayfield Agricultural Society banner. Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder

Following the huge success of last year’s Bayfield Community Fair Parade, planning is now underway for the 2024 parade. And it promises to be bigger and better than ever!

The dates for this year’s Fair are August 16 – 18 with the parade taking place on Main Street on Saturday, August 17 at 11 a.m.

Organizers have been busy working on the parade lineup and are very pleased to welcome some new entries for this year’s parade: Edward Jones Investments, Papple Aviation, Bayfield Recreational Sales, Bayfield Ukulele Club, and The Bayfield International Croquet Club celebrating their 50th anniversary. Members of the community are encouraged to enter a float or group to represent their organization, business, community group, or neighbourhood. This is a great opportunity to get exposure for a business or organization. Musicians, dance groups, kids on bikes, classic cars, vintage tractors, campgrounds – all are welcome! This year’s Fair theme is “Farms, Food & Family”. It should be easy to have some fun with this year’s theme.

Several new sponsors have also come forward to help with this year’s parade expenses. The Bayfield Agricultural Society is grateful for their donations. The donations make it possible to bring in marching bands and groups that add to the parade experience each year.

Parade Chair Nancy Lowrey adds, “I’m very excited about the enthusiasm from the Bayfield community surrounding this year’s parade.  You’ll see several new floats and entries, along with most of the favourites everyone loves.”

Additional information about this year’s parade can be found on the Bayfield Agricultural Society’s Parade web page.  Anyone interested in entering a float or being part of the parade is asked to email with a few details. Parade organizers are also looking for extra volunteers to help out on the day of the parade. Anyone who can spare a few hours on Saturday August 17 in the morning is asked to send a message to the same address.

In the weeks and months leading up to the Fair, there will be regular announcements made through the Bayfield Breeze and on social media. Lots of fun events and activities are in the works, so check back often and stay tuned! To learn more, please visit the Bayfield Fair website.

Join in the fun – be part of the parade!

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