Sunday, January 26, 2020

Fire trucks, Museum fun, Art in the Park at WAMBO 29

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As always, it is set to be a busy weekend at WAMBO 29 in Wallaceburg.

Included in the annual event are a fire truck display and parade, fun activities at the Wallaceburg and District Museum and making a comeback this year, Art in the Park.

Fire trucks on display

Lee Burrows, the fire truck manager for WAMBO, said the same 30-35 trucks are set to come.

“As long as the sun is shining, I usually get at least 30,” he said.

“I have got a guy coming from Algonac that has got a 1929 open cab Lafrance. He is going to drive it over. He always pumps and lets kids squirt water in the river. He will be pumping where I park the trucks. He has got low pressure so the kids can handle the hose and nobody will get hurt.”

Burrows said there is no cost for the kids to take part.

“It is just something for the kids to do,” he said.

“He loves doing it and he puts a little helmet on the kids so they feel like they are a big fireman.”

Burrows said kids will be given some WAMBO pins and some stuffed animals if they come over and check out the trucks, which are always located beside Heritage Court along the Sydenham River.

The fire truck parade starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

“We go out Dufferin to the nursing home and back in through town on Wellington St. over the bridge and go down to Duke. Round to the other rest home and back down by the Oak’s and then down McNaughton into Wallace St. back to our location and then we give out our trophies after that.”

Burrows said a total of 26 trophies are handed out.

“We will enjoy everybody coming and hope everything turns out fine,” he said.

“I hope our weather stays as good as it is right now.”

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Taste some beer at the Museum

Michelle Bissonnette, the curator at the Museum, said it will be busy at the south-side location once again.

“We have got a whole bunch going on. For starters, we have a new activity here that we have never done… there is going to be free beer sampling by the local brewery, Bayside Brewery. Also, there along with them will be Hometown Deli and they are going to be giving samples as well. They will be upstairs in the Jeanne Gordon Theatre for people to come and sample,” she said.

“While people are up there, there is going to be a video reel going of different charitable organizations from around the area just to help promote those groups.”

Bissonnette said in their parkette, they will have a lot of our “good ‘ol faithful activities” like face painting for the children, a dunk tank, a Plinko board like the game show Price is Right and a photo booth with different, wacky and fun accessories that people can take pictures on their own, or with their friends and family.

A barbecue will also be held, where hamburgers and hot dogs will be sold.

The ‘Baldoon Witch’ is also set to be on site.

“She will probably will have her goat with her that she always likes to let the kids pet. She gives the whole story of the Baldoon Mystery.”

Bissonnette said there will be a couple of vendors, items from their gift shop for sale, along with Lori’s Glass with a table set up.

“There is some price to do these things, but we are a non-profit charitable organization, so that’s one of the ways that we raise our funds. It entirely goes back to the Museum.”

They are set to be open on Saturdsy from around 9 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m.
Museum is open ?

“There is tours,” Bissonnette said.

“Anyone who is interested in tours of the Museum itself. We will have at least one volunteer on site, maybe a couple who are willing to do tours from about 10 a.m. until somewhere around mid-day.”

Art in the Park is back

This event is making a return to WAMBO this year.

Nancy Townley, the new manager, has spearheaded the display and will be bringing an assortment of local artists.

Art in the Park will be located on the grassy area on the north-side of the river, next to Wallaceburg’s Adult Activity Centre and Public Library.

The artists who are coming, include:

– W. Baines Photographic Art: Bill Baines, Photography, Sarnia

– Bluewater Bling: Julie Faas, Jewelry, Port Lambton

– Young Creations: Bill Young, Woodworking, Wallaceburg

– Roxanne Tochor: Glass Art, Bright

– Rustic River: Erin Snow/Bradon Burham, Nautical/Mixed Art, Port Lambton

– Unusually Dunn: Sara Dunn, Prints/Painting, Wallaceburg

WAMBO is taking place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend.

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