Ingleside and South Stormont celebrate 60 years since Seaway flooding — on July 21st

A crowd watches a performance in Ingleside two summers ago. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

INGLESIDE — South Stormont is about to mark 60th anniversary of the completion of the Seaway mega-project that submerged old villages and created new ones like Ingleside, host site of the July 21st festivities.

A full day and evening of entertainment are planned, aimed at both current South Stormont residents and those returning “home” for the occasion.

Organizers with the Ingleside Firefighters’ Association and South Stormont Celebration 60 committee are touting an “amazing lineup” of evening musical entertainment, with The Shiners, Kilts, Riffs and Spurs and Hadrian’s Wall. The tunes will keep the crowd dancing from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. that evening.

The day’s activities begin at noon, and although Celebration 60 replaces Ingleside’s annual firefighters’ games this year, many of the favourite, free side attractions will be back: bouncy castle inflatables, pony rides by Mellow Meadows Equestrian, face painting courtesy of the township, SDG Library activities, a “super cool” teen bungee jump and a children’s firefighter obstacle course. And it all takes place in the familiar spot opposite the Ingleside Plaza.

Spectators of all ages won’t want to miss the Fire Guy’s performances at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. — with a menu of fire juggling, fire eating, fire breathing, skateboarding and more! Will you be brave enough to try the Monkey Motion Extreme Air Quad Pods — the closest thing to a bungee effect?

Participants will also enjoy the beer garden, the Schneiders / Foodland Community Cruiser barbecue, a vehicle extrication demonstration, a dunk tank to support the new Ingleside Park, and a display by the Lost Villages Historical Society. All proceeds of the event will benefit the Ingleside Firefighters’ Association, whose Facebook page continues to show updates and announcements on the anniversary.

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