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Carrot Fest returns in full format after pandemic hiatus

Carrot Fest returns this weekend on Holland Street in Bradford West Gwillimbury with over 200 vendors and two stages for performances
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Carrot Fest returns Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20 on Holland Street in Bradford West Gwillimbury.

Carrot Fest returns to Bradford West Gwillimbury this Friday, Aug. 19, and Saturday, Aug. 20, on Holland Street. It begins Friday, running from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and returns on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Carrot Fest began as a way to support local farmers and local business a there will be over 200 unique vendors attending Carrot Fest with the vendor market running for the entirety of the festival.

Additionally, there will be two stages—the Curtis Goddard Stage on Barrie Street and the TD Stage in the Courthouse Parking Lot—with performances each day.

Curtis Goddard Stage performance schedule:

  • August 19- 5 p.m.: The Orangemen
  • August 19- 6:30 p.m.: Opening Ceremonies
  • August 19- 8 p.m.: The Hip Experience (Tragically Hip tribute)
  • August 20- 10 a.m.: Elite Dance Corps
  • August 20- 11 a.m.: Fire Guy: Skateboard Fire Show
  • August 20- 12 p.m.: The Imbayakunas
  • August 20- 1:30 p.m.: Nemesis: Hip Hop Fusion
  • August 20- 2 p.m.: Fire Guy: Skateboard Fire Show
  • August 20- 2:30 p.m.: The Circus Drummer: Stilt Drumming
  • August 20- 3:30 p.m.: Generation Gap
  • August 20- 5:30 p.m.: True Rodeo (Blue Rodeo tribute)

TD Stage performance schedule:

  • August 19- 5 p.m.: Little Peter & the Elegants
  • August 19- 8 p.m.: Green River Revival (CCR tribute)
  • August 20- 10 a.m.: Lukas Stark Magic
  • August 20- 11 a.m.: Sonshine & Broccoli: Children’s Concert
  • August 20- 12 p.m.: Lukas Stark Magic
  • August 20- 1 p.m.: Elite Dance Corps
  • August 20- 2 p.m.:  Karaoke by Scaraoke Entertainment 
  • August 20- 3:30 p.m.: Nemesis: Hip Hop Fusion
  • August 20- 4:30 p.m.: TBA
    August 20- 6 p.m.: The Flaming Carrot Finale

The festival will also include the Back Alley Cruisers Car Club Classic Car Show on Holland Street East Friday, the Kids Zone (Simcoe Road), a “Busker Pitch" area (Holland Street West), and performances at the Bradford & District Community Centre on Saturday and Sunday.

Kids Zone schedule:

  • August 19- 4-9 p.m.: inflatables and games
  • August 19- 4-9 p.m.: crafts
  • August 19- 4-9 p.m.: cupcake decorating
  • August 20- 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: inflatable and games
  • August 20- 2 p.m.: 3 Scoops ice cream eating contest (Barrie Street)

Bradford & District Community Centre schedule:

  • August 20- 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Aqua Dogs
  • August 20- 11 a.m.: PWA Wrestling: Quest for the Cup 14 (free show)
  • August 20- 12:30 p.m.: Jagger Sports BMX Stunt Show
  • August 20- 2:30 p.m.: Jagger Sports BMX Stunt Show
  • August 20- 7 p.m.: PWA Wrestling: Quest for the Cup 14 (ticketed show)
  • August 20- 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Aqua Dogs

There will be free parking in lots surrounding the festival at 29 Drury St., 24 John St.West, and 31 Barrie St.—additional event parking is available at the BWG Library and Cultural Centre (425 Holland St. West). BWG Transit will also be offering free bus services on Aug. 20.

As a result of the festival, Holland Street from  Holland Court to Nelson Street, Simcoe Road from Holland Street to where it intersects with Mary Street, Barrie Street from John Street to Holland Street will be closed on Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. and Holland Street from Holland Court to Colbourne Street, Simcoe Road from Holland Street to where it intersects with Mary Street, Barrie Street from John Street to Holland Street will be closed on Aug. 20 at 6 a.m. All roads will re-open by 3 a.m. on Aug. 21.


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