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March 22nd, 2014

2013 Chi-Cheemaun Festival

On Saturday June 22nd 2013 a bunch of BSCCOC Bruce/Grey chapter members headed north to the annual Chi-Cheemaun Festival. Co-sponsored by the Village of Tobermory, (the Tub), and the Owen Sound Transportation Company, the popular festival is held every year to celebrate the big ferry's new sailing season.

Many events and attractions are held during the extended 3 days mid-June weekend celebration, including pancake breakfasts, barbeques, baseball tournaments, and cardboard boat races, races which are held right in the harbour.

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No Need To Say Anything

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The Gun Wasn't Loaded

But, the event we were most interested in was the car show held on the Saturday afternoon, starting at 1:00pm, attracts car owner / enthusiasts from the Lake Simcoe area, the Golden Horseshoe, Southwestern Ontario and even as far away as Windsor, along with a lot of more local talent.

Before heading to the tip of the Peninsula that morning, our group met at the '50's retro Rachel's Café in Lion's head. As usual, the conversation, the coffee and the breakfast, were excellent! Finally we dragged ourselves away and tooled north to the Tub.

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Rachels Bakery and 50s Diner (Facebook)

On arrival we were dismayed to find that the show had been moved. From the "Walk-on Passenger Parking Lot" in its high visibility, thick of things, beside the harbour and Ferry Terminal location, it had been moved to the vehicular pre-staging lanes, well away from the harbour-front non-car show activities! (The change of location apparently resulted because of a conflict between the later than usual Festival and the Chi-Cheemaun sailings?)

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1966 Citroen 2CV from Wiarton

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Mini from Millar Lake

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Chopped 1965 VW

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Isetta Making a Run

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I don't know if this is a Morris Minor with a Prefect Front or a Prefect with a Morris Minor Rear

We picked up our goody bags, browsed, talked to other enthusiasts, took some pictures. There were a few British cars other than ours there, probably not as many as usual, but then it does vary year to year. In this year's goody bag, along with two walk-on passes for a return ferry ride to South Baymouth, were two tickets for a free burger and beverage, redeemable at the nearby baseball park where ball tournaments were in full swing (please excuse the pun).

Down to the harbour to check out the food and the cardboard boats! The craft must be made almost exclusively from cardboard, though miles of duct tape and gallons of paint may be used. Man and wind power are the only means of propulsion allowed. The craft are set out on land for display before being "raced" in pairs from the boat launch to a given point in the harbour, where they tried to turn around and "race" back to their launch point. Some even made it! Many didn't! I believe they may be timed to determine the winner.

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This was really a hoot! Hundreds of screaming people chewing on their gigantic chocolate-covered "beaver tails", (like a huge "Timmy's" fritter), cheering on the "sailors".

Fed and watered, after a beautiful day, we headed for home.

Check out:
Village of Tobermory
Chi-Cheemaun Festival
Rachels Bakery and 50s Diner
50s Diner Facebook


 

































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