Every Saturday for most of the year, Cobourg has a Farmers market but this year there were several other events held downtown simultaneously. King Street was closed for Harvest Festival which you might think had the products of Harvests – instead there were mostly street vendors since the Farmers’ market was still operating (see link below). The Harvest Festival also included the popular Chili “cook-off” (winner King Street Deli and Bar) complete with entertainment (see photo below). But in addition, there was also the Art Walk and the Cornerstone fund-raising event “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes”. The Art Walk meant that several stores had the works of local artists on display in their windows but there were not as many as previous years when it was held on its own date.
This year marks the 12th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event – it has the dual objectives of fund-raising and “raising eyebrows and awareness to support and prevent family violence.” Initially aimed at men it now includes both genders and all ages. This year it was led by the Cobourg Legion Pipes and Drums and featured groups such as the Cobourg Cougars and the Port Hope Panthers hockey teams. In the parade, I spotted Mayor John Henderson, Police Chief Paul Vandegraaf and 6 auxiliary Police. And they did walk about a mile – they started at the Cobourg Library, marched down King to Division then turned around and marched back. They returned to a location outside Victoria Hall to turn in their borrowed shoes and then many lined up to try the various Chilis.
The photo above right shows a dog participating in the stall by “All Creatures Great and Small”.
Below is a collection of photos from the day and below that is a video of the Cornerstone event.
Below is a video of the Walk in Her Shoes Parade.
For a look at the Farmers market, see the second video on this post starting at the 1:14 mark