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Zucchini Mania 2017

Saturday, August 19 10 am-4 pm, Little Lake Park, Midland Ontario

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New! in 2017

Zucchini Mania welcomes 'Les Coureurs des Bois' to the festival stage.

Five-piece band 'Les Coureurs des Bois' are known for their lively, bilingual, roots-style tunes.
Many North Simcoe residents will recognize Jill and Nicole Lefaive, both fiddlers who hail from
the well-known, musical Lefaive family.
'Les Coureurs des Bois' will play at Zucchini Mania 2017 on Rotary Stage, Little Lake Park,  Noon - 1 pm.

3 Shows!

Four Paws Flying

3 Great Shows by Jenelle Miller and her Amazing Performing Dogs!

11:30 am - 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Four Paws Flying is one of Canada's premier touring performing dog troupes! Many locals will remember this amazing group from their performance at Ontario's Best Butter Tart Festival in Midland in 2014. These incredible trained canines perform an array of tricks that will simply amaze viewers of all ages. Find our performing dog show next to our

Zucchini Mania Festival Market in Little Lake Park.

RCL. Br. 80 Pipes and Drums, (Zucchini Gardner Division)

Parade @ 11 am, Little Lake Park.

Our good friends at Midland Pipes and Drums will be kicking off the day with an uplifting parade and performance. For those who attended last year, you'll remember how these performers rose to the occasion by dressing up in special 'zucchini' uniform and even hanging zucchinis from their bagpipes! Grab your kids and grandkids and don't miss this fun parade. Our other buskers will be on hand to juggle and hoop their way through the parade too! All are welcome to join in the parade march. We'll have some kazoos and other noisemakers on hand for kids who'd like to march in the parade with the band.

Bubbles of Gianormity!

Taking place throughout the day, 10 am - 4 pm, Little Lake Park.

FREE bubble fun for young and old!

Zucchini Mania Festival Market

Open 10 am - 4 pm.

Shop in the shade under a canopy of leaves, provided courtesy of the mature trees of Little Lake Park.

Artisan, food and festival market goods by quality vendors.

Zucchini Contests

Best Zucchini Dessert - 10:30 am, Contest Tent

Best Savoury Zucchini Dish - Noon, Contest Tent

Best Zucchini Chili -  1:30 pm, Contest Tent

Biggest Zucchini - Rotary Stage, 3 pm

Winners in all categories announced on Rotary Stage immediately following final contest. 

Contest application w/ Rules & Regulations

available for download HERE.

Zucchini Tastings

Throughout the day, 10 am - 4 pm

All Things Zucchini Tent, Little Lake Park

In addition to our festival market vendors' zucchini offerings, the festival's 'All Things Zucchini' tent will feature multiple zucchini samplings throughout the day. Bite a bit of zucchini bread! Nosh on zucchini noodles! A full schedule of tastings will be posted here closer to event day.

Free! Horse Drawn Wagon Rides

Take a horse-drawn wagon from your car to the park!

Leave your vehicle in the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre parking lot and a team of horses will carry you down to idyllic

Little Lake Park. Wagon rides leave intermittently, 10 am-3:30 pm. 

Enbridge - valu mart bbq

Throughout the day, 10 am - 4 pm, Little Lake Park

Zucchini Mania welcomes the Enbridge Gas Special Events Team and Maurice's valu-mart, who will be running our BBQ kitchen on event day. While at the festival, stop by, enjoy a sausage, back-bacon on a bun or grilled zucchini dish and say thank you to our awesome sponsors!

Bex in Motion
Zucchini Mania is pleased to welcome Bex in Motion for 4 great shows throughout the day!
Bex's hula hoop show is funny, interactive and she'll amaze you with her hooping skills. 
Fun for the whole family! Check out the above video for a sample of Bex's hooping show.
Zucchini Gaia
The incomparable Bella Magic is creating a whole new elaborate Zucchini Garden Goddess costume in honour of our event! Bella will be delighting us with her amazing routine of balancing tricks and magic in multiple performances throughout the day. Find our very own garden goddess on festival day as she strolls and performs throughout Little Lake Park.
ZUcchini Juggler and Stilt Walker
This talented fellow will be Zucchini Mania's resident stilt walker and zucchini juggler!
Strolling shows throughout the day in Little Lake Park

Zucchini Mania Welcomes Huronia Hot Strings to the Festival Stage!

Zucchini Mania is delighted to welcome the renowned Huronia Hot Strings to our festival stage in 2017.
These seasoned musicians cover a range of musical genres, ranging from Gypsy Jazz to
Americana Roots and much more. We are especially delighted that Huronia Hot Strings will be joined by
hometown girl Jessica Lalonde, whose superior vocals and charming stage presence will complete the experience.  
'Huronia Hot Strings' will play at Zucchini Mania 2017 on Rotary Stage, Little Lake Park,  2 pm.

Rotary Stage Schedule

10- 10:45 am: Midland Pipes and Drums Zucchini Parade and Performance


10:45 - 11:15 am: TBA


11:15 - 11:45 am: Buskers Show - Bex in Motion Hula Hoops, Juggling Stilt Walker and Zucchini Gaia


Noon - 1 pm:  Les Coureurs des Bois Concert


1 - 1:15 pm: Contest Winner Announcements


1:15 - 1:30 pm: Huronia Museum Lake Monster Skit


1:30 - 2:15 pm: Wye Marsh Birds of Prey Show


2:15 - 3:15 pm: Jessica Lalonde & Huronia Hot Strings Concert 


3:15 - 3:30 pm: TBA


3:30 - 4 pm: Contest Winner Announcements and end of day Buskers Show

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