The second weekend in August is one of Lambton County’s busiest. Visitors have their pick of three exciting yet wildly different festivals. Adrenaline junkies will enjoy the three-day International Powerboat Festival on the St. Clair River. Eco-enthusiasts will flock to Aquafest in Grand Bend. And those with cornier tastes will relish Watford’s 32nd Annual Cornfest. Mark your calendar for August 8–10 and make the trip to Lambton County.
Those with a racing spirit can plop down their lawn chairs on the banks of the St. Clair River just steps from downtown Sarnia and thrill to the roar of the International Powerboat Festival. New this year is a wakeboard competition to take place on a water-filled trough built on Front Street. Other daytime activities include boat parades, powerboat time trials and more. The festivities continue into the evening with a two-night concert series featuring musical performances by Big Sugar, Wide Mouth Mason, The Trews and I Mother Earth.
Eco-enthusiasts are encouraged to head to Grand Bend for Aquafest, a beachfront festival with an environmental theme. This three-day, five-venue festival focuses on raising awareness of water conservation through art, photography, music, education and games. Over 25 free events are held at five venues including Grand Bend’s Main Beach & Pinery Provincial Park. Aquafest closes on the Sunday night with a free concert by Canadian folk trio, Trent Severn.
Mouths will water all weekend long at Watford’s Centennial Park. Sweet corn will be boiling and the butter melting. Hot, buttered corn is available for only 25 cents a cob — a price that hasn’t changed since the festival’s inception in 1982. Festivities begin Friday night and continue all-day Saturday and Sunday.
With activities to please the most discerning traveller, Lambton County is the place to be August 8th to 10th. Visit our website at
www.tourismsarnialambton.com/OnTheGo or call toll free 1-800-265-0316 to make your plans.