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A month of Moosefest begins

An image from a frantic finish in 2009. Observer file photo

The annual community festival, MooseFest, has now grown to almost five weeks in length. With many recurring events that are past favourites, there are also a host of new events on the agenda for this year.

Some of the tried and true events returning this year are the Canada Day celebrations, Cooper Park music series, the Soapbox Derby, the MooseFest Regatta, Northern Lights Classic Quarter Horse Show, Angler/Young Angler, Strongman Competion, Teddy Bear Picnic and the Kinsmen Dragon Boat Races.

MooseFest has added a variety of new events to their roster this year, including National Aboriginal Day, Shaw Walleye Masters, Cops and Kids Fishing Derby, Light the Ball Diamonds and Mixed Slopitch Tournament, Mooseltoe Street Fair and Run for the Moose.

Although Walleye Masters has been around for over 20 years, they have never before been included under the MooseFest umbrella due to dates of tournament not coinciding with the festival.

The Canoe Races look to be postponed for this year, but there are some other special events taking place during MooseFest. Make sure your kids don’t miss out on the Children’s Services Fair, with this year’s theme being Gone Country, Planting Seeds.

The Dryden Truck Show will take place in conjunction with the Strongman Competition, and Riverview Lodge will host a beach volleyball program.

The Dryden Saddle Club will be hosting a week-long kids camp and the Saddle Club Horse Show as well as the Northwestern Ontario Police Pistol Combat Championship will close out the festival.

For more information on MooseFest and a complete list of events and times, see the website at or contact any of the executive. The 2011 executive includes Devon MacKinnon, Dana Soucie, Andi Kidd, Ally Dunham and Bill Laidlaw.

By Ally Dunham

Call of the Dragon

Get your Dragon Boat team signed up for seventh annual event

The Dryden Kinsmen invite all to rally their friends, colleagues or comrades for entry into the seventh annual Canada Day Dragon Boat Festival in support of the Still Me program.

Team registration forms are available online at

Kinsman Brad Coles says it pays to organize a team well ahead of the event as well-practiced teams generally fare better in the competition than last-minute entries.

Practice days will include June 27, 28 and 29 at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Skene Landing near the Riverview Lodge.

“We’ll take teams until the last day, which we have in the past,” said Coles. “You can sign up on July 1st, you just won’t get any practices.”

Races begin at 1 p.m. on Canada Day.

For more information contact Brad Coles at 216-9620.



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