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Five events you have to check out in South Simcoe this weekend

Attend a farmers' market opening, donate scrap metal or gain some insight into the monarchy in Bradford and Innisfil in the coming days, editor writes
The Bradford Farmers' Market will reopen for the season on May 18.

I get it, you may be stuck knee-deep in gardening soil for most of the weekend.

The Victoria Day long weekend is traditionally seen in this region as the time when the risk of frost drops and we begin to plant. Or maybe you’re taking the next few days instead to cut some lawn, dust off the patio furniture, visit friends, fire up the barbecue or simply kick up those feet and enjoy a cold beverage. 

However you choose to spend your time in the coming days, I hope it’s relaxing and rejuvenating. 

Hopefully, too, you get the chance to check out a few of the fun events happening in Bradford and Innisfil in the coming days. Here’s what’s going down in South Simcoe:

Scrap it

The Bradford Lions Club will host a scrap metal and e-waste drive at the town’s Sobeys location (40 Melbourne Dr.) on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Acceptable e-waste includes laptop and desktop computers, cell phones, telephones, monitors, keyboards, scanners, small kitchen appliances, televisions, stereos, cables, cords, printers, vacuums, heaters, fans, gaming systems, DVDs, power tools and lawnmowers. Scrap metal can include fridges, stoves, washers, dryers, metal shelving, air conditioners, toys, bikes, pots, pans, fencing and car and machinery parts. For more details, visit

To market, to market

The Bradford Farmers’ Market is set to return for its 17th season Saturday. Forty-seven booths are expected to be set up, offering a variety of local products and fresh food in the parking lot of the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library (425 Holland St. W.) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be an official ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. Further details and a full list of vendors can be found on the market’s website,, or by checking out its Facebook and Instagram pages.

Drop-in family storytime

Join staff at the Lakeshore branch of the Innisfil ideaLAB and Library (967 Innisfil Beach Rd.) Saturday for the next instalment of this weekly family event. Expect an hour of stories, songs, crafts and playtime. Get to know other families in your community while nurturing your child's love of books and reading. All ages are welcome, though it is considered most suitable for kids six and under. This event is free, it runs from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and no registration is required. 

English conversation circle

If you’ve ever wanted to take the step of improving your language skills in a fun and supportive environment, drop by Innisfil's Lakeshore library on Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. Led by YMCA newcomer services personnel, the free circle provides a welcoming and inclusive space for learners of all levels. No registration is required, just stop in.

Take me out to the ball talk

The Innisfil Historical Society will feature the vigorous surviving members of the Knock baseball team. Hear details of their 1959 South Simcoe and Ontario championship victories during a presentation at Knock Community Hall (7756 10 Sideroad) on Saturday at 2 p.m. As well, Tony Keene, chair of the Monarchist League Barrie Huronia branch will share insights about the current state of the royal family. You'll also be welcome to have a lovely spot of tea, freshly made tea biscuits, clotted cream and jam.

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Chris Simon

About the Author: Chris Simon

Chris Simon is an award-winning journalist who has written for publications throughout Simcoe County and York Region. He is the current Editor of BradfordToday and InnisfilToday and has about two decades of experience in the sector
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