Each year, Cobourg’s Downtown Business Improvement Association puts on a Harvest festival in the Fall. This year was perfect Fall weather; crisp but sunny and not cold. Paige Wiggans, Event and Communications Coordinator for the DBIA, worked hard to organize the Festival which included a Chili Cookoff competition. There were 6 chilis available for tasting for a $20 fee which included a local craft beer or a pop. Because of the beer, the area on Second Street was fenced off and quite popular. On King Street, as well as merchant booths, attractions included axe throwing, a mechanical bull with free rides, a scarecrow competition (there were four entries), entertainment and a couple of offerings for the kids. In the morning there was a Square Dancing demonstration.
This was the last event organized by Paige – she is now working for MPP David Piccini as his executive assistant. She is being replaced by Jenna Leslie who previously worked as communications officer for the City of Kingston. In addition, the DBIA is hiring Richard Kirwin as marketing assistant – he is currently the education coordinator at the Art Gallery of Northumberland. Both are relatively new to Cobourg.
The winner of the Scarecrow competition is “Harvey”, the one in the photo at right. You can see the others in the video – plus a mini-scarecrow that was not in the competition.
The winner of the Chili cookoff was George & Orange (Number 4).
Adam Bureau, DBIA Chair, said that he was pleased with the event – you can expect it to return in 2019.
I strolled down King Street at around 2:30 and the video below is what I saw.
Harvest Festival 2017 – 7 October 2017