Update: Bayfest Cancelled for 2020

Dear Bayfest friends, supporters and the Port Rowan community,

We wanted to take a minute to update you on our plans for Bayfest 2020.

Our annual festival is a long standing tradition in Port Rowan and with everything that is happening with COVID-19 right now, we were hopeful that this annual tradition would be able to bring the community together and celebrate as we normally would on Labour Day.

The committee has been mulling this decision over since this pandemic started, but unfortunately, we have to cancel Bayfest for this year. It is disheartening for us, as it is for our community we are sure, but we want to keep the safety and health of our community our top priority. With no clear outline on when people will be able gather in groups let alone in large setting such as a community festival, the committee cannot properly plan for an event of this scale.

The festival also relies heavily on local community support, business donations and sponsorships, and we cannot ask local business to support us, some who have not been open for many weeks, when they will need the community to support them when that time comes and they can reopen.

We were optimistic that we would be able to continue in some capacity this year on a smaller scale such as a one day event, but we have also been notified that Norfolk County, will not be issuing special event permits till at least September 7th 2020, so we are unable to proceed with any smaller type event.

We want to thank you and the business community for supporting us year after year, we will still be selling tickets and holding our Gun Raffle to be drawn September 4th, 2020 as previously announced. You can contact a Bayfest Committee member who will ensure you can purchase a ticket/s.

As hard as this is, the committee will continue to fund-raise when we are able to, and we will continue to plan for next year and focus on bringing new exciting things to Bayfest in 2021. We want to ensure this great tradition continues, in a town we are all proud to call home.

We hope everyone stays safe and takes care of each other in this great community.

Your Bayfest Committee

A Night with the King and Friends

Come out and enjoy an evening of musical entertainment on October 1, 2016 featuring Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Willie Nelson at the Port Rowan Community Centre.  The Port Rowan Bayfest Committee and the Legion Br. 379 Ladies Auxiliary are proud to present, once again:

Doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7:00pm. Tickets are $15.00 and are sold at Old Port Variety, Legion Canteen or order online via snapd Haldimand Norfolk.

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For more details call Crystal at 519-429-1748 or 519-586-2259.

Hope to see you there!

Come out for a laugh!

BayfestComedyNightThe Port Rowan Bayfest Committee is proud to present the 3rd Annual Comedy Night Fundraiser Saturday May 9, 2015. This year, we’ll be hosting five comedians, plus there will be a cash bar and silent auction.

Come on out for a great time with friends to the Port Rowan Community Centre. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are available from the Old Port Variety and Port Rowan Home Hardware. Cost is $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

For more information, call 519-429-1748.

Hope to see you at Comedy Night – lets get ready to LAUGH!!

2015 Planning Begins!

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The Bayfest Committee kicked off planning in late January with a review of 2014 and looking ahead to this year’s events. Here’s a few of the things that are on the table:

  • The 3rd Annual Bayfest Comedy Night will be held at the Port Rowan Community this April. Look for details coming soon on the Bayfest Facebook page.
  • 50/50 Bayfest Draw Tickets will also be going on sale starting in April.
  • Sip and Savour Bayfest will take place on Friday September 4. Local restaurants, bakeries, breweries, wineries and other food vendors will be showcasing their wares along with an afternoon and evening of entertainment. Want to be a part of Sip and Savour? Contact Lynette Friesen or Julie Everingham for details.
  • We’re also working on bringing in new kids events like a professional puppet tamer!

Other events coming back are:

  • Who’ll build the best boat and paddle their way to victory in the Build-a-Boat contest?
  • Get your dancing shoes on and rock the night away Saturday night at the Bayfest Street Dance.
  • Search for treasures and get points for prizes by taking part in the annual Scavenger Hunt!

With so many great things happening, the Committee is on the lookout for anyone who’d like to join in the fun. The next Committee meeting will be 2pm on February 15, 2015 at the Port Rowan Community Centre.

Let’s work together to make Bayfest 2015 the best ever!