Say hello to Fall Fest

Monte Sonnenberg

By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer

Paul Murray is the chair of a new festival called Delhi Fall Fest slated for Sept. 19-21. (SARAH DOKTOR Simcoe Reformer)

Paul Murray is the chair of a new festival called Delhi Fall Fest slated for Sept. 19-21. (SARAH DOKTOR Simcoe Reformer)


An old-fashioned harvest festival is coming to Delhi at the end of this summer.

Committee chair Paul Murray announced this week that Delhi will have a weekend celebration after all despite the difficulties the event encountered last year.

The first annual Fall Festival will be held the weekend of Sept. 19-21. The weekend was selected, in part, to coincide with the Dead End Street Rodders’ 28th annual classic car show at the Delhi Ontario Tobacco Museum & Heritage Centre.

In keeping with previous festivals, the focal point once more will be the downtown core. Recent Harvest Fests have been held at the Delhi Community Arena.

Main Street will once again be cordoned off and turned into a pedestrian mall. There will be a stage for live music, carnival rides for the kids and dozens of exhibitors.

“This is the request I’ve heard from 90% of the people,” Murray told Norfolk council June 3. “Many people miss that. A lot of them are seniors and can’t make it up to the arena.”

Murray is the head of a nine-person committee. The inaugural fest will cost nearly $15,000, with insurance, stage rental and portable washrooms accounting for most of the expense.

The annual fall festival in Delhi has been in limbo since last year’s event ran into financial difficulty. The focus of last year’s fest was live entertainment, including a pro wrestling card and a concert featuring Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show. The events didn’t live up to expectations and the former committee, which was unincorporated, was left with significant debts.

Norfolk council usually grants $2,000 to each of the county’s community festivals. Murray didn’t ask for the cash but Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus did on the committee’s behalf.

Council appeared amenable to the request. However, council members also want to see a final report about last year’s festival and whether Norfolk will be on the hook for outstanding debts. Port Dover Coun. John Wells said this might influence his vote on the grant.

“Perhaps we can get staff to push for that answer,” Columbus said.

Windham Coun. Jim Oliver suggested the fest committee submit a detailed application for the grant money. Oliver wants to see for himself if there are risks in the new committee’s business plan that have proven costly in the past.

Monte Sonnenberg

519-426-3528 ext. 150

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