Thank You.

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It’s hard to put into the words to define the kind of weekend we just experienced here in Perth. It literally takes a village (or Town of 6,000) to make something happen, and that’s exactly what occurred during our Blast from the Past Homecoming Weekend.

We’re floored. We’re honoured. We’re proud.

The weekend integrated so many parts of our community. The builders. The clergy. The politicians. The cooks. The musicians. The dancers. The creators. And…the doers.

The volunteers, partners and sponsors brought these ideas to life, and it’s difficult to pinpoint just one weekend highlight.

From us to you: Thank You.

Homecoming Site Plans

We’re so close to Homecoming weekend, and can’t wait for the party to begin!

If you’re planning out your weekend, we thought we’d give you some visuals to give you a better idea about the Parade, Opening Ceremonies, Military Tattoo, BBQ Block Party and Blue Rodeo site plans. Check them out below (Click Images to Enlarge):

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Quick Links:

Blue Rodeo Concert Info

BBQ Block Party

Homecoming Parade

Opening Ceremonies and Military Tattoo

Canadian Stone Carving Festival

Drystone Legacy Bridge Project

Also, we’re hosting an informal family reunion of original descendants at the Perth 200 Tent in the BBQ Block Party from 1-5 p.m. Barrie Crampton will be there with the Historical Mapping Project, and it’ll be a great opportunity to meet up with new and long-time friends!

The Homecoming Programs are now available for pick up at the Visitor Information Centre at the Perth Museum (11 Gore St.), which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. We’ll also be handing them out over the weekend. You can download the Homecoming program digitally, too!

See you this weekend!

P.S. Do you know how much love we have for our sponsors? Well, it’s a whole lot of love, as they’re the ones who helped make our Signature Events low to no cost! Please thank them if you see them!

P.P.S. We know there are a lot of exclamation marks in this blog post. But we’re just so excited! (!!!)

Download the Homecoming Weekend Program!

We’ve put together a Homecoming Program, which outlines the Blast From the Past Homecoming Weekend’s Schedule!

It includes the full weekend program, the BBQ Block Party schedule as well as a town map showcasing the locations of all the events happening that weekend in Perth.

It’s also an opportunity for our sponsors to shine, too!

We’re getting hard copies of these babies printed as we type this, and they’ll be available to pick up at the Visitor Information Centre (Matheson House, Perth Museum) at 11 Gore St. E in Perth beginning Monday, July 18. We’ll also be handing them out at the events over the course of Homecoming weekend.

We hope you find the program to help you plan out your weekend. You can download the PDF version below.

Download the Homecoming Program (PDF)

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Download the Homecoming Map (PDF)

Perth Homecoming Map

Pick Your Volunteer Position for Homecoming Weekend!

Sign up for your Volunteer Role at the Perth 200 Homecoming Weekend!

Hello, our future favourite Perth 200 volunteer!Perth 200 Volunteers

We’ve finalized the volunteer needs for the Blast from the Past Homecoming Weekend from July 22-24, 2016, and boy, oh, boy are we ever happy you are interested in becoming a Perth 200 Volunteer! (or, at least we hope you will be by the time you read this enticing message!).

The Homecoming Weekends events don’t happen without the good, hard work of volunteers. The Fire and Ice and Town Crier Championship events were clear indicators that we’ve got some good volunteers in our community!

From the Military Tattoo to the Homecoming Parade to the Blue Rodeo concert, we have put together the roles, dates and times in an online platform called,Sign Up Genius.

When you click on the link, you’ll see ALL the available volunteer roles and times available for the weekend. Please take a look and you can sign up right on the spot. We’ll then connect with you in the coming weeks to finalize your position, as well as host a training session/overview, depending on the role you select. You’ll also get a Perth 200 Volunteer t-shirt!

Visit the PERTH HOMECOMING SIGN UP GENIUS PAGE

Perth Rotary ClubIf you’d rather work at the BBQ Block Party, then swing on over to the Perth Rotary Club’s Sign Up Genius Page.

Questions about a specific volunteer position? Just fill out the Contact Us form and Cathy James will get back to you.

Thank you so much for giving your time and effort to what’s going to be an unforgettable weekend!

– The Perth 200th Anniversary Crew

The Blue Rodeo Concert Site Plan

The Blue Rodeo Concert taking place in Perth, Ontario on Saturday, July 23, 2016 is going to be fan-tab-ulous! We’re so excited to welcome them to town and have a good time celebrating our 200th anniversary during Homecoming Weekend. We’re just as excited to be celebrating with you. Good vibes all around.

Here’s a site plan of the concert at the Perth Fairgrounds:

Blue Rodeo Concert Perth Ontario

Rogers Road is at the bottom of this map and Scotch Line is to the right.

This is the set up of the concert, which will take place on the “South” end closer to Scotch Line. The big yellow square is the main stage, and the smaller one is the VIP Section. The drink vendors will be located on the other side of the field, closest to Arthur Street.

TICKET ACCESS:

To the left of this area, there will be a fence dividing the Fairgrounds into two. The first two gates (which will be located in the Lions Hall side parking lot and on the track closest to Arthur Street), will be where you give your Blue Rodeo ticket , and we’ll have scanners to allow you access.

The gates open at 6 p.m. and you can bring your own lawn chair, or just plan to stand. It’s General Admission (other than the VIP area), so it will be a first-come, first-serve basis. That said, we’ll divide the Blue Rodeo area into two sections: lawn chair and standing. That way, those who want to stand won’t be standing in front the lawn chairees (sure, that’s a word).

BUT WHAT IF I WANT TO EAT?

There will be a Gate 3 in the center of the Fairgrounds at the fence. It will be a re-entry point ONLY. It means if you come to the concert early, set down your lawn chair, but want to get into the BBQ Block Party for dinner, you can use the re-entry gate. You’ll get a wristband which will prove you’ve already gone through the ticket line.

You can then enjoy the BBQ Block Party, eat dinner and listen to live, local music before the Blue Rodeo Concert!

ACCESSIBILITY

If you or your loved one needs accessibility, we’ll have on-site parking. Enter through the Rogers Road gate and show your Blue and White sticker. We’ll do our best to get you on-site parking.

Then, we’ll do our best to arrange for a volunteer to guide you through the crowd and provide any assistance as needed.

PARKING

On-site parking at the Perth Fairgrounds will be limited to vendors, volunteers and those with an accessibility sticker. We’re working on a parking plan, but a few suggestions includes the side streets in the neighbourhood, Conlon Farm, and park and walk from the downtown area.

If you park at the Crystal Palace Parking lot, it’s only 1.0641 km away from the Perth Fairgrounds (Yes, we Google Pedometered the distance!). We’ll keep you posted on the parking options in the coming weeks.

Are you a Visual Learner?

Here’s a Facebook Live Video outlining the site plan.

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DON’T HAVE TICKETS YET?

We’d recommend you don’t delay. As of today (June 10, 2016), there are only 134 tickets left! You can purchase them at ticketsplease.ca.

The BBQ Block Party

BBQ Block PartyThe BBQ Block Party at the Perth Fairgrounds will be THE hub of activity for the Homecoming Weekend’s entirety.

It will be the place where you’ll say things, like:

“I’ll meet you at the BBQ Block Party for the Fireworks Show.”

“I bet the Splash’N Boots concert will knock my kids’ Crocs off at the BBQ Block Party.”

“I hope they don’t run out of ribs at the BBQ Block Party”.

“It was so, so nice seeing you at the BBQ Block Party.”

This is where old friends will meet up. Where new memories will be made. Where 200 Celebrations will be had.

The BBQ Block Party is a three-day festival at the Perth Fairgrounds and will include:

  • 4 renowned professional Ribbers to cook up mouth watering tender ribs
  • A beer garden featuring our very own local micro brewery
  • Food and Non-food Vendors
  • Antique Car Show on Saturday
  • Classic Car Show on Sunday
  • Live Entertainment all weekend featuring local music bands
  • A Splash’N Boots Concert
  • Kids Zone open on Friday from 12-8 p.m. and  Saturday & Sunday from 12-7 p.m.
  • The Canadian Stone Carving Festival

Here’s an overview of how the BBQ Block Party will be set up at the Perth Fairgrounds (click on image to enlarge):

BBQ Block Party Plan

The BBQ Block Party will be open from :

Friday, July 22, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 24, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
All ages are welcome from gate open to gate close throughout the event

There will not be on-site parking with the exception of handicapped parking (sticker required). There is parking on neighbouring streets, at Conlon Farm, and in downtown parking lots.

Entry into the BBQ Block Party is by donation and all proceeds go to the Perth Rotary Club which then puts the money into local projects and initiatives.

For more information, please visit the BBQ Block Party website.

Homecoming Opening Ceremonies and Military Tattoo

Today is Day 2 of our Homecoming Weekend posts, which will outline the plans for the Opening Ceremonies and Military Tattoo Performance happening in downtown Perth on Saturday, July 23, 2016:

Homecoming Opening Ceremonies
Saturday, July 23, 2016
11:30 a.m. (Following the Good Ol’ Days Parade)
Stewart Park, Perth, ontario

We’re going to highlight gorgeous Stewart Park when we host the Opening Ceremonies and Military Tattoo Performance. For the Opening Ceremonies, we plan to keep up the stage and canopy used for the Stewart Park Festival.

Opening Ceremonies Line-Up will include:

  • Opening from our Town Crier
  • Dignitary Welcome
  • Greetings from our visitors from Perth, Scotland and Asago City, Japan
  • Special Entertainment
  • A Time Capsule Presentation
  • …and more!

Following the Opening Ceremonies, we’ll make our way across the green bridge at Stewart Park for the Military Tattoo Performance.

Military Tattoo
Saturday, July 23, 2016
12 p.m. (following the Opening Ceremonies)
Stewart Park, Perth, Ontario

At 12 p.m., three + bands will take turns performing for the public, and in the end, they’ll come together to perform the last set as a collective group. We have confirmed:

  • The OPP Pipe and Drum Band
  • The Gordon Pipe and Drum Band
  • The Sons of Scotland Pipe and Drum Band

If you’ve never seen a Military Tattoo, you’ll want to check it out! It’s free to the public, and you’re welcome to bring a lawn chair.

And..don’t forget…

The Canadian Dry Stone Festival will be taking place ALL weekend at the Former Outdoor Swimming Pool Pad in Stewart Park. They’ll be creating a Legacy Project bridge and wall. It’s going to be gah-or-geous, and they’ll have activities happening throughout the weekend. You can learn more about the Canadian Dry Stone Festival.

Here’s a mapping of the activities taking place in Stewart Park (click to enlarge):

Stewart Park Map

 

The Good Ol’ Days Homecoming Parade!

***FOR THE NEXT FIVE DAYS, WE’LL BE RUNNING A SERIES OF POSTS OUTLINING SPECIFIC PLANS FOR THE HOMECOMING WEEKEND.

DAY 1 = HOMECOMING PARADE
DAY 2= OPENING CEREMONIES + MILITARY TATTOO
DAY 3= BBQ BLOCK PARTY
DAY 4 = BLUE RODEO CONCERT
DAY 5 = VOLUNTEER POSITIONS/HOLY SMOKES, YOU’LL BE THE REASON THESE EVENTS ARE A SUCCESS ***

The Good Ol’ Days Homecoming Parade

Photo from Perth Remembered

Photo from Perth Remembered

THE GOOD OL’ DAYS PARADE
SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2016
10 A.M

As part of the Homecoming Weekend, the Town of Perth will host a parade through town on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 10 a.m.

This Homecoming parade has been a long-standing tradition in Perth, and you can see many of these celebrations on the Perth Remembered Facebook page.

The parade will begin at the Factory on Sunset Blvd. and making its way to Wilson Street, down to Foster, and then turning right onto Gore Street. It will wrap up as it turns off Gore onto Harvey Street.

The Theme, the Good Ol’ Days Parade, will be a chance for local organizations, businesses and groups to enter a float and highlight an element of the Perth and District’s history.

We can’t wait to see what entrants come up with, and you can Register now!

DOWNLOAD THE HOMECOMING PARADE REGISTRATION FORM.

You can fill it out and either drop it off at the Perth Tourism Centre at 11 Gore St. (Perth Museum), or email it to perth200anniversary@gmail.com.

Any questions? Please Contact Us!