Bruce Power hosts a FunFest Day in appreciation of the community

Bruce Power hosted a free family FunFest on Saturday, July 29th, in Port Elgin (Saugeen Shores).

Despite rain in the morning, the skies cleared as the day’s activities began at 11:00 with the Indigenous Chippewa Travellers drumming group, and ran throughout the day until 5:00 p.m.

                           Chippewa Travellers drumming group

It was a fun-filled family day with a wide variety of activities, including the popular ‘touch-a-truck’, where youngsters could clamber aboard a giant truck or inside the Bruce Power security (swat) vehicle.

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Bruce Power staff and volunteers were also kept busy handing out free sunglasses and refillable water bottles.

While strolling the Fun Fest area of Bricker and Green Streets, visitors were able to munch on free hot popcorn or enjoy a delicious corn dog offered up by Burke’s Catering of Kincardine.

                                                  Burke’s Catering of Kincardine served up corn dogs

Inside the Missionary Church (the former arena), parents and kids were entertained by Dan the Music Man.  With lots of clapping and toe tapping, it was fun for all ages. The Music Man had youngsters up on stage singing, dancing in the aisles and in a conga-line style had them create the dinosaur bus.

When the music ended, it was time to move on to the reptile show where little hands could pet a reptilian skin.

                                                Crowd gathered for the Reptilian show

For others, they chose a more laid-back interest in activities hosted by the Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) such as discovering how electricity actually works and the world of robotics.

Outside, was the pet show where dogs (and cats) amazed the crowd of hundreds.

From Twizzler the dog who was a ball of energy leaping into the air to catch a mini-basketball to Pickles the Boston terrier who pushed Sashima the cat on a tricycle, the four-legged furry friends had the crown enthralled.  According to their trainer, because they are well-trained as ‘actors’, many have appeared in movies and commercials.

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While the day’s activities ended at 5:00 p.m., it wasn’t the end of FunFest as later that evening, thousands trekked to the Port Elgin Main Beach to watch a spectacular fireworks light show.

The show lasted more than 20 minutes in a continuous burst of colour over the waters of Lake Huron with the finale drawing gasps and cheers of appreciation from the crowd.

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With summer in full swing, Bruce Power also welcomes the public to visit its newly renovated Visitors’ Centre with its interactive displays and to take a bus tour of the bustling Bruce Power site. Bus tours are held Monday-Friday through Aug. 31, and you can register at The Visitors’ Centre is located on Bruce County Rd. 20, north of Tiverton and west of Hwy. 21.