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Lambs Down Park Festival - June 15, 2013

Lambs Down Park Festival

Contact Cathie McOrmond at 613-257-8049 or cmcormond@carletonplace.ca to register today.

 

2012
Lambs Down Park Festival -
Saturday, June 16 2012
download PDF of pictures from Lambsdown Park Festival 2012

Lambsdown Park Festival

 

2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Ewe are invited to Lambs Down Park Festival!

The Carleton Place Business Improvement Association (BIA) isn’t sheepish about letting people know that Carleton Place is the largest distribution centre for lamb’s wool in Canada.
In fact, the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited, located at 142 Franktown Road, grades and markets close to three million pounds of raw wool each year.
In celebration of the town’s woolly existence, the BIA and the Wool Growers are joining forces on Saturday, June 11 to host the Lamb’s Down Park Festival.
“The BIA is working with the Wool Growers in an effort to bring awareness to the public about the tremendous heritage attraction we have in Carleton Place,” says BIA Manager Cathie McOrmond of the festival, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day on the Wool Growers property.
With wool being the fibre on which the festival is centred, the day will feature hands-on demonstrations of sheep herding involving working sheep dogs, sheep shearing and the spinning of wool. As well, in keeping with the festival theme, tours will be conducted of the Wool Growers facilities and there will be special lamb dishes will be cooked up by local restaurants.  “The Lamb’s Down Park Festival will be an opportunity for us to showcase some of the dynamics of Canada's sheep and wool industry,” says Eric Bjergso, general manager of the Wool Growers.
For those who would like to get an up-close look at a real live lamb, the Carleton Place Farmers’ Market will be showcasing some lambs and sheep on the festival grounds. Joining the fleecy guests will be a calf.  There will be local fresh produce, vintage new tractor displays, petting zoo and pony rides. 
NEW this year is SRC Music Students will perform following the Art’s Carleton Place Youth Art Competition finalists which will be presented at10 am.  People First will end their annual walk-a-thon at the event site and will host a fundraising BBQ.   Spectators can relax at a picnic table enjoy a bite to eat, a drink and great local entertainment.
Other aspects of Carleton Place’s rich heritage will be on display at the festival. For instance, since the Wool Growers occupy what was originally the round house and machine shops for the Canadian Pacific Railway, one display will track Carleton Place’s railway past. The Carleton Place and District Chamber of Commerce, which will be hosting a tourism kiosk at the festival, will provide information on all the exciting events planned for Carleton Place in summer 2011.  The Chamber will launch Carleton Place’s own playing cards of “52 Things to See and Do in Carleton Place”.  McOrmond says the BIA has created the Lamb’s Down Park Festival “in an effort to bring friends, and family, of all ages together so that we can share in the heritage of the community. The BIA has had great success with family events and is inviting everyone to come out and enjoy the displays, lunch and entertainment.”
Further details on the festival can be obtained by contacting the BIA at 613-257-8049 or by e-mail at cmcormond@carletonplace.ca. 
To register your kiosk www.downtowncarletonplace.com

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