Good morning, Greater Sudbury.
Here are some stories to start your weekend.
Head to New Sudbury Days for community’s festival this weekend:
New Sudbury Days returns for a third year this weekend. This is free fun festival for the whole family. Check out a car show, mascot beauty contest, BBQs, fireworks, outdoor movie, activities for children and more. Come celebrate all that is great about New Sudbury, and also support the Sudbury Food Bank by donating back to school lunch items or money during the Stuff a Bus campaign. Events will be held at the New Sudbury Centre parking lot and surrounding parks, from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Police ride for Special Olympics this Saturday
The Law Enforcement Torch Ride in support of Special Olympics Ontario runs this Saturday, Aug. 26 at the Rock Harley Davidson located at 2240 Long Lake Road in Sudbury. Registration for the event begins at 9 a.m. with opening remarks from Chief Paul Pedersen, Sergeant Joanne Pendrak and Constable Nolan Windle starting around 9:30 a.m. Riders will depart around 10 a.m. The route will take them down Long Lake Road towards Long Lake, taking the ramp on to the Trans-Canada Highway, continuing on the highway to Espanola and then heading to Manitoulin Island. Riders will take the same route in reverse, returning to the Rock Harley Davidson for a BBQ.
Garlic Festival replaced by scaled-back Ukrainian food fest:
The Canadian Garlic Festival may have been cancelled, but garlic lovers can still get their fix of the pungent but delicious ingredient Aug. 27 at a smaller event — the Ukrainian Centre Food Fest. The event runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside of the Ukrainian Seniors Centre, located at 30 Notre Dame Ave., across the road from the Rainbow Centre Mall. The decision to cancel the 25-year-old garlic festival was partly because the volunteers who ran it were dwindling and getting older, organizers said this past spring. A new festival, Sudbury Poutine Fest, running the same weekend from Aug. 25-27 in the downtown, also factored into their decision.
Glenn Thibeault holding free BBQ at his constituency office Sunday:
Sudbury MPP Glenn Thibeault holds his annual barbecue in support of Sudbury emergency service workers Aug. 27. Head to Thibeault’s constituency office at 555 Barrydowne Rd. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday for free hot dogs, drinks, cotton candy and cookies (while supplies last). A face-painter and balloon artist will be on site, as well as mascots Inspector Mousseau and Howler. There will also be demonstrations and vehicle tours by Sudbury firefighters, police and paramedics.
Summer’s Best hidden gem revealed
Sadly, summer is coming to an end and so is Sudbury.com’s Summer’s Best series. A series where we asked you, the readers, to help us find the best our city has to offer. Over the course of eight weeks you’ve voted for Sudbury’s best beach, best chip stand, best golf course, best splash pad, best chicken wing joint, the best patio and best mural. To wrap up the series, we now present the final Summer’s Best. Check out the video above to discover why The Grotto is Sudbury’s best hidden gem. There are a surprising number of Sudburians who still don’t know the Grotto even exists. With its panoramic view of the city, 16-foot fountain and peaceful walking paths, it’s no wonder The Grotto was voted Sudbury’s Best Hidden Gem. Check out the video here.
The weekend forecast looks beautiful so make sure you get out and enjoy one of the last weekends before the kids head back to school. Saturday will be mainly sunny with a few clouds and a high of 21. More of the same for Sunday with sunny skies and a daytime high of 22. Some cloudy periods expected for Sunday evening with the low dropping to 11. For current weather conditions, short-term and long-term forecasts visit Sudbury.com’s weather page at www.sudbury.com/weather.