FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND IN HALTON HILLS
THE PLACE TO BE!

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Collingwood's Elvis Festival, Streetsville's Bread & Honey Festival, Toronto's Santa Claus Parade...they all started somewhere. They all started when a person, or group of people asked the question, "what if we celebrated....?" Collingwood's Elvis Festival began 16 years ago and is now the biggest Elvis Festival in the world. Streetsville's Bread & Honey Festival has been going for 38 years and is still going strong. Organizers of the Big DADDY Festival are hoping that over the years, their festival will become the signature event that Halton Hills is known for. Halton Hills is a friendly, family oriented town, so why not celebrate this important day in family life? Collingwood's Elvis Festival, Streetsville's Bread & Honey Festival, Toronto's Santa Claus Parade...they all started somewhere. They all started when a person, or group of people asked the question, "what if we celebrated....?" Collingwood's Elvis Festival began 16 years ago and is now the biggest Elvis Festival in the world. Streetsville's Bread & Honey Festival has been going for 38 years and is still going strong. Organizers of the Big DADDY Festival are hoping that over the years, their festival will become the signature event that Halton Hills is known for. Halton Hills is a friendly, family oriented town, so why not celebrate this important day in family life?

The idea came out of the Halton Hills Cultural Roundtable, a not-for-profit, incorporated, volunteer organization created in 2009. The group undertakes projects that highlight local artistic and cultural talent and heritage attractions in order to bring enjoyment to local residents and showcase Halton Hills to visitors. A guest speaker suggested that Halton Hills think about a special festival that would set us apart from other communities, and which celebrated an aspect of our local culture. We looked at our town's strengths. Our friendly family atmosphere, our beautiful outdoor/natural areas and our strong arts communities were mentioned by everyone, when asked about what makes our town special.

After investigating several festivals, including a wonderful pottery festival, Beatrice Sharkey raised the idea of a Father's Day festival. She had been at a Globe Productions show one Mother's Day, when mothers were being honoured by the audience and got to thinking that it was harder to find ways to celebrate Dads. The Roundtable's research showed that there was no other Father's Day festival in Canada, so that was appealing. Glen Williams graphic designer Peter Perko was at the fall 2009 meeting where it was decide that Dads would win the day. He suggested the name "Big DADDY Festival". It had the right connotation of fun, coolness and was obviously all about Dads.

The result is the first annual Big DADDY Festival, which is happening over Father's Day weekend June 19 and 20. From an idea voiced last fall, there are now over 50 activities for Dads, including the well established Classics Against Cancer and Festival on Main in Downtown Georgetown, which are serving as anchors for the new festival. A growing list of 130 volunteers are revving(sp?) up for a great weekend. Bring your Dad, or the significant man in your life (or your kid's life) to celebrate the Father's Day weekend in our beautiful, friendly, culture filled town. See Big Daddy Schedule for details.

Download your Big Daddy Passport and collect stamps! Every location or event listed inside will have someone with a footprint stamp that will stamp your passport for you. Once you collect five (5) stamps, you will be eligible for the grand prize draw.