Sunday, February 10, 2008

Optimist Maple Syrup Festival Opens March 29

Optimist Maple Syrup festival opens March 29
Orangeville Citzen (Canada)
February 7, 2008

The 2008 Orangeville Optimist Maple Syrup Festival will be held Saturday, March 29 and Sunday March 30 at the Island Lake Conservation Area.
This event is the Optimist Club of Orangeville's "Rite of Spring" - the first taste of warmth for the year and a chance to get outdoors again for many people around Orangeville. For the admission price, those attending receive park admission for the day, a pancake breakfast, a guided tour of the sugar bush with demonstrations on how maple syrup was made in the past an how it is made today and live entertainment.
There'll be fun with the family, fresh air, sunshine (hopefully!) and a plate of hot pancakes and Maple Syrup are highlights. Kids can taste fresh syrup and take a wagon ride. There'll also be live entertainers and lots of things to do. Syrup, other food and snacks will be available for sale.
The club also plans to hold the Optimist Kid's Bike Roadeo on Saturday, May 24, at the Tony Rose arena, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Local schools will get to face off against each other at the annual Roadeo to see what school is the champion. The whole day starts with a bike parade across town from the Town Hall to the arena. To prepare for the day, many local schools hold internal competitions to see who their best riders are.

Results in exercises on traffic safety knowledge, bike condition and riding ability determine each school's final team. Then the teams face off against each other at the Roadeo. At the end of the competition, the school with highest score wins.

There are lots of prizes and snacks for the kids. This exercise helps kids to learn about safety and teamwork. Orangeville Police provide bike inspections to ensure kids' bikes are safe.
The Optimist Million Dollar Hole in One is planned for July 2 - 6, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Johnson Controls on CLine, Orangeville.

The Optimist Club of Orangeville is a "Friend of Youth." Most of the club's energy and activities are directed toward mentoring youth and local youth projects. The Million Dollar Hole in One is the club's key annual fundraiser and provides the club with the funds to provide their community services. Golfers can have some fun, practise their favourite sport and help out their community.
The Club uses the proceeds to fund all of its activities through-out the year including big events like Christmas in the Park, Breakfast with Santa, the Kids' Bike Roadeo, Jackrabbits Cross Country Ski School and local youth projects in need. There is also a Youth competition. Grab your clubs and a little cash, get some exercise and help out your community.

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