District of Carleton North Celebrates 17th Annual Buttermilk Creek Fall Festival

by | Aug 25, 2023

The 17th annual Buttermilk Creek Fall Festival was held earlier than usual this year, taking place on Aug. 19 at the Western Valley Multiplex in Centreville.

Esther Vaswani, Coordinator for the Laura & Andrew McCain Art Gallery (ALMAG), said the date change resulted from venue availability.

The event kicked off Saturday morning with a Harvest Breakfast, catered by Jane Staples MacDonald, a former art gallery board member.

Several community volunteers served the meal, including Helen Pickard, Carol Brennan, Grace Nickerson, and Sue McLaughlin.

Thirty-four vendors were set up for the festival, showcasing their broad assortment of homemade wares. While some vendors felt that the summertime date resulted in reduced crowds, the event coordinators were still pleased with the attendance.

When asked if the festival would return to its regular fall date and location at the Northern Carleton Civic Centre next year, Jennifer Stead, Executive Director and Curator for ALMAG, said that remains to be decided.

“There are definitely plenty of reasons to keep it as a fall festival,” she said.

However, she did note that it would depend on venue availability, saying that “early ice” at the NCCC will pose a scheduling challenge.

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