Tubie Festival, August 3rd, 4th & 5th, 2012
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TUBIE WEEKEND RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER
Organizers for the Morrisburg Tubie Festival are hard at work planning activities for the 42nd annual event, which falls on the August Long Weekend. The theme of the weekend will be “Dock of Ages: Tubie Weekend Rocks”.
For Tubie Weekend schedule click here.
NEW THIS YEAR: TUBIE DANCE FOR TEENS!
In one bold decision, the organizers of Tubie Weekend have added a new event, and extended one more day to the festivities. On Friday night, a teen dance will be held under the big tent. It is a substantial change but one the organizing committee is committed to.
"We have thought about adding a teen dance in the past," admitted Michael Domanko of the Morrisburg and District Lions Club. "But last year it didn't work out, as we were preoccupied with the building of the playground. This year, we talked it over and came to the conclusion that now is the perfect time."
This is the 6th year the Lions Club has organized the Tubie Festival, and the third year since it moved the Tubie Dance from the Morrisburg Arena to the outdoor venue at the softball diamond. The teen dance will now be the first event of the busy weekend.
"Many of our participants are between 16-18," added Domanko, who pointed out that a 16-year-old, Katherine Lee, captained the winning Tubie craft a year ago. "They are involved in the parade and the race, but they are not old enough to get into the dance. Now, there is an event just for them. They will have something to do on every day of Tubie Weekend, starting on Friday and continuing on Saturday and Sunday."
There will be a DJ playing from 7-11 pm. Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be available
The Parade and Dance will be held on Saturday, August 4th, while the 42nd running of the Tubie Race will be on Sunday, August 5th.
As usual, Tubie Saturday is a busy day. It begins for the kids at the Cruickshank Amphitheatre at 10:30 am, where Little Ray’s Reptiles returns for their yearly demonstration. Admission to Little Ray’s is free.
PARADE PARTICIPANTS WANTED
Then the Tubie Parade will take centre stage. All floats will meet at Waterfront Park at 11:30 am. Parade organizers are looking for floats to participate in this year’s parade. Interested parties are asked to contact Michael Domanko at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following Saturday’s parade, dog lovers have an event to call their own. Jane Madigan, owner of Inspired K9s, will be at the Waterfront Dog Park, to show dog owners how they can improve their dogs social skills, understand their dog's body language and answer questions. Admission to this event is free.
OUTDOOR DANCE RETURNS
The evening concludes with the Tubie Dance, which again features AMBUSH, who returns for their third performance. Ambush has built a loyal fan base throughout Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec, and has thrilled the 800+ fans in attendance at the Tubie Dance each of the past two years. This event will be held in the Morrisburg softball diamond, starting at 8:00 pm.
42ND ANNUAL TUBIE RACE
Tubie Sunday starts with the Duck Race, sponsored by the Morrisburg & District Lions Club. The ducks are scheduled to hit the water at the Morrisburg Beach at 10 am.
That is followed by the 42nd annual Tubie Race. Heats will begin at noon, with the final scheduled for 1 pm. Last year’s champion, Katherine Lee, will return to defend her win in last year’s race. 2008 winner Gary Magee will also return.
There will also be a Beer Garden open on each of the two days of the Tubie Festival, along the river’s edge, south of the Docksyde, from 12 pm - 5 pm Saturday and Sunday.
For 2012 Tubie Rules, click here