The first Northumberland Turkey Trot was in 2012 (not in Cobourg) but it’s a first for Cobourg for the Ontario Town Crier Championship. Both were approved at Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting on May 13. The Turkey trot was previously held at the Cobourg Scout Reserve on County Rd 45, Harwood but in 2019, it will move to the Cobourg Conservation Area. Held as a fundraiser for the YMCA, it is a family event with participants from toddlers to seniors. It will be on Thanksgiving Monday, October 14. All the Town had to do was to agree – no funding was requested. The Town Crier championship will be on June 1st on the Esplanade (that’s at the waterfront) and is supported by a $1700 grant from the Town. There could be as many as 20 (or more) Town Criers from all over Ontario participating.
Northumberland Turkey Trot
There are five events with over 400 participants expected. Here is the program
|8:30 a.m.||Gates Open|
|9:30 a.m.||The Gobbler 5K Run and 2.5K Run/Walk (all ages) – win a turkey or a pie!|
|10:20 a.m.||Gobbler presentations of Best Costume Award|
|10:40 a.m.||Kids’ 2.5K Turkey Trot (8 to 13 years)|
|11:00 a.m.||Wingding 1K (5 to 7 years)|
|11:15 a.m.||Gobble Wobble Search (4 years old and under): A fun chase activity (free) – a hoot to watch!|
|11:30 a.m.||Presentations and Draw Prizes|
Parking will be at the YMCA, the Cobourg Conservation Area parking lot and the Fellowship Baptist Church – significantly more space than at the previous location.
And here is a map of the course
There’s more info at the organization’s web site here – I recommend a visit.
Ontario Town Crier Championship
Organized by the Ontario Guild of Town criers (with 54 members), there will be a judged competition with events in both Cobourg and Grafton. This event is open to the public and the community is welcome to come out and experience this event first hand. Held on the Esplanade (south of Rotary Harbourfront Park) the first event will be at 9:00 am. All participants will be asked to make a “Cry” on Topic #1: The Home Town Cry – where the criers extol the virtues of the municipality they represent. Then at 11:00 am they will make a Cry on Topic 2: Victoria Hall.
If weather is inclement, the event would move to William Academy.
At 2:00 pm the event moves to Grafton where the Cry will be on Topic #3: Inns and Taverns or Heritage Architecture. The location will be the Grafton Inn, 10830 County Rd 2, Grafton (Gazebo behind the Inn).