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49th annual Migration Festival this weekend
By Pat Bailey

Forget downward dog--how about graceful goose?

 It is a celebration of fall, the migration and the community that is home to the Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary

This weekend, thousands will flock to Kingsville for the 49th Annual Migration Festival for myriad of events, including a special session of 'Wild Goose Yoga' at 8 a.m. Saturday at the sanctuary. 

But before the admission-free yoga commences, the festival will kick off with 

opening ceremonies Thursday, October 18, with a wine and cheese reception at the sanctuary, beginning at 6 p.m. 

The weekend promises a whole lot of fun for the entire family at very little cost, if any.

Saturday morning, the parade, featuring a theme of 'Colours of Fall', will wend its way down Main Street at Spruce to Division Street and south to Erie, with entertainers, floats and bands.

For the first time in its history, prizes will be awarded for best commercial entry, best non-profit entry and best musical entry.

 Immediately following the parade, the Kingsville OPP will once again host its phenomenally popular pumpkin carving on the front lawn of the detachment--free of charge. Youngsters are invited to choose a pumpkin of their liking and turn it into a decorative jack 'o lantern for the Halloween season.

Lakeside Park will also play host to an afternoon of family friendly activities from 12:30 until 4.

It will include birds of prey show at 12:30 and 3 p.m., courtesy of the Kingsport Enironmental Birds of Prey.

Sarah Parks will offer pony rides from 12:30 until 3:30 p.m.; Mad Sciences shows will take place at 2 and 4 p.m.; the Scouts will host a barbecue from noon until 4 p.m.; Sailor Sue will be offering face painting from 12:30 until 2:30 p.m.; Brad Toulouse will host a magic show from 2:45 until 3:45 p.m.; Zoo to You will be hand from noon until 2 p.m.; Jangles the Clown will entertain from 1 unti 3 p.m.; and the youngsters will be transformed back in time with the medieval village from noon until 4 p.m

In addition, the arena will host a marketplace on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is no admission fee but organizers are encouraging the donation of canned goods and non-perishables. The marketplace will include unique art, woodworking, jewelry and the other works of area artisans.

The festival will also hold a 'Wild and Wonderful' photography competition and sale at the Jack Miner Sanctuary from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

And what would a migration festival be without waterfowl decoys?

Another highlight of this week's festival will be a 'dress-a-decoy' contest. Entrants are invited to use their creativity to dress a decoy in the Kingsville Lions Club sponsored event. It will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Carnegie Arts and Visitor Centre for those wishing to cast their vote for the 'peoples' choice award'. Votes must be cast before noon on Saturday.

This weekend promises to be a wild and wonderfully entertainment filled weekend for the entire family said Maggie Durocher, parks and recreation program manager for the town of Kingsville.

"It's truly an accessible event for all families," said Durocher, "everything is free and open to the public."


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