The 2015 Festival
Print your own event guide for Saturday.
Unless otherwise noted, events run the duration of Festival Day.
The Arena Area
Friday 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday $3, Saturday $2 adult
12 & under free
Toys of the past and present plus the official “Limited Edition Maple Syrup Bank” are featured at Lions Hall beside the arena.
Flat-fee entry, good all day
$4 adult, $3 child 3-12, 2 & under free
Witness the First Ever Running of the “Pancake Mile”
9 a.m. on the indoor track
It’s a Guinness Book of World Records attempt by the Waterloo Running Series. Run a quarter mile – eat a pancake – and repeat! Register to run here.
Watch talented pups in the Dog Show
8:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.
The pooches of “Four Paws Flying” perform their Dog Sport Variety Show with freestyle frisbee, agility obstacle course and musical freestyle tricks. Sponsored by Elmira Pet Products.
Marvel at the Got Magic Tour
12 & 3 p.m. in the Community Room
Back again this year with new magicians and new illusions! Like comedy, escapes, close up card tricks? We’ve got it all! New this year, meet the Got Magic Young Magicians team as they wow you with their illusions!
Catch the Dance Show
Tap your toes to the beat during a dance show by Encore Dance Studio. A variety of dance styles will be featured in the performance.
Friday 6 – 9 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$3 adult, 12 & under free
Take a step back in time and discover treasures from the past from a variety of vendors. Test your knowledge at the What Is It? Contest and place your bids in the silent auction.
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
$5.50 adult, $3.50 child 3-12
2 & under free
Venture out to a local sugar bush by bus to experience all of the maple syrup preparations. Bus is not wheelchair accessible, please see ticket booth for accessible directions.
Fire Juggling Show
Weather permitting, watch this incredible feat of juggling performed by the Got Magic team!
It’s An Honour!
Friday 3 – 6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Discover extraordinary Canadians from all walks of life at this cross-Canada travelling exhibit celebrating Canada’s National Honours, their recipients and their stories.
The Mobile Sugar Shack
Can’t make it to the Sugar Bush on Festival Day? Then join the Waterloo Wellington Maple Syrup Producers at their miniature Sugar Shack and Evaporator outside the arena. You can see how maple syrup is made and check out their collection of spiels, tubing and old-fashioned buckets.
The Main Drag
$4 – one pancake
$2 – one additional pancake
$1 – drink
Try our golden-brown pancakes and famous maple syrup. You will find us just off the Mall on Wyatt Street. Get yours before they’re gone!
Craft booths, apple fritters, baked goods, maple syrup and much more await you and your appetite along the half-mile-long outdoor Mall. Plus, mouth-watering, home-style meals are featured at the local churches.
See the old-fashioned way of boiling down the sap and sample unforgettable maple syrup toffee!
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. “Wishful Thinking”
12 – 1 p.m. “Organized Kaos”
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$2 adult, 12 & under free
Enjoy the skilled craft-makers featuring handmade quilts, jewellery, clothing and decorations for your home. Don’t miss the quilting demonstration!
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Zion Mennonite Fellowship, 47 Arthur Street. Enjoy a rest from all the action or meet up with friends before exploring the festival.
Have some fun near the Mall! Join the Venturer Scouts of the 1st Elmira Scout Group to test your sawing skills. Take your branded slice home as a souvenir!
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
See the animals, find your way through the straw maze and climb on the tractor in the buggy shed by the pancake tent.
Your little tots can take a ride around the ring on ponies that are just their size!
Three round trips from the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market to Elmira on Festival Day. Not wheelchair accessible. “Owned & Operated by Waterloo Central Railway”.
Details and tickets here.
11 a.m. & 12, 1, 2 & 3 p.m.
The Mennonite Story and Farmers Plus present special screenings of two short films in the Farmers Plus boardroom (across from Home Hardware):
Mennonites of Ontario and Who Are The Mennonites?
Donations to The Mennonite Story gratefully accepted.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
St. James Lutheran Church, 60 Arthur Street. Get comfortable in this indoor breastfeeding zone hosted by volunteers from the Community Breastfeeding Alliance of Waterloo Region, including a public health nurse.
7 – 7:30 a.m. Pancake Tent/Old MacDonald’s Farm
8 – 8:20 a.m. Bandstand
8:45 – 9 a.m. Mayor’s Breakfast
9 – 9:30 a.m. Pancake Mile
10 – 11 a.m. Pancake Flipping Contest
1 – 2 p.m. Woolwich Memorial Centre