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FamilyDay Festival Feb 18 2019

Family Day WinterFest South Huron to return in 2019

Community partners to meet in November 2018 to plan popular Family Day WinterFest South Huron for Holiday Monday, February 18, 2019

The Family Day WinterFest South Huron organizing committee is pleased to announce the popular winter festival is returning in 2019. Jeff Musser and Dave Frayne return as Co-Chairs to help bring together the many community partners who make this family-friendly winter festival a success each year. “Mark your calendars for February 18, 2019,” said WinterFest Co-Chair Jeff Musser. “Dave and I are looking forward to the return of Family Day WinterFest South Huron.”

“We were pleased to be Co-Chairs last year and we are looking forward to being part of this great community event again,” said co-Chair Dave Frayne.

The community groups are holding their first (and only) organizational meeting to get the ball rolling (or to get the “snowball” rolling). Interested community partners are invited to meet on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the boardroom of Ausable Bayfield Conservation, at 71108 Morrison Line, 2 km east of Exeter for a short meeting to plan the 2019 day-long winter festival which takes place on the Family Day Holiday Monday, February 18, 2019.  

Family Day WinterFest South Huron draws thousands of people to the area. More than 20 community groups join to organize this winter event with the support of local donors, businesses, and community organizations. 

The committee encourages anyone who would like to host an event, sponsor an event, or donate to WinterFest to talk to one of the Co-Chairs.

The Exeter Lions Club held its first Family Day Breakfast in 2010. That breakfast has become a popular annual tradition since then. Other community groups joined forces with the Lions Club starting in 2011 to add other family-friendly activities for the holiday Family Monday. The success of the one-day winter festival has continued to “snowball” ever since. 

WinterFest Co-Chair Dave Frayne said “this event is an example of what the people and groups in South Huron are able to accomplish by working together in partnership.”

Some events are at South Huron Recreation Centre and some events are at MacNaughton Park as well as other Exeter and area locations. Most events are free. There are events for all ages and chances for people to try out new things – even if they have never tried them before.

Some events depend on snow but there are indoor events as well and “snow or no snow, WinterFest is a go!” (In the case of extreme weather, people are encouraged to visit for any notices or cancellations).

When events are confirmed, they are to be posted online at When events are confirmed people can visit the website to find out about new events as they are added, to find out times and locations, and to see which events are free and which ones require admission. Keep posted as well for a growing list of generous sponsors.

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