Kleinburg’s Bindertwine Festival is my favourite community event.  As a proud resident of Kleinburg, I may be slightly biased, but I believe it’s one of the best community run festivals in all of Canada. Without a doubt, it’s a great day of fun for all the family and this year’s festivities were no exception!

Back in the late 1800′s, Kleinburg was a primary producer of twine, and farmers came to the village to buy their supplies in order to bind their wheat harvests. Charlie Shaw, owner of Shaw’s Hardware Store in Kleinburg, was a generous and good natured merchant. He offered food and entertainment to the visiting farmers and an annual celebration began. The farmer’s festivities became a large draw amongst the local area and it continued until he passed away in 1931. (The old Shaw’s Hardware Store is still standing in the village today, and coincidentally is up for sale at the moment.)

In 1967 as a centennial project, the Binder Twine festival was reborn. It was such a hit that it soon became an annual event. Today, there is a wide variety of activities: juried craft exhibitors, assorted vendors, children’s games and craft making, a children’s parade, live music featuring local bands, and delicious treats to eat. (Personally, I enjoy the bacon on a bun booth the most, and not because I love back bacon. I love the bacon on a bun booth because every year, my neighbours volunteer to man the booth, and I love to see them dressed up like short order cooks, flipping bacon and cracking eggs. They have a great time, and it’s a great community effort.)

Every year, Kleinburg pulls together as a community and makes this great event happen seamlessly. The Festival is organized and run entirely by volunteers: close to 1000 locals chip in and do their part. Its success has resulted in benefits to the community, such as Binder Twine Park (with fabulous fireworks on July 1), financial support for local schools and clubs, Kleinburg New Forest, many more efforts! But by far, the greatest result of the Bindertwine Festival is that it unites a small community, and celebrates the history of a beautiful Canadian village.

Mark it on your calendar for next year: this annual highlight happens the first Saturday after Labour Day in September, right in the heart of the historic village. If you’d like more information, visit: http://bindertwine.ca/