The weekend of July 14-15 proved a perfect time for Criers to gather in Gravenhurst and Bracebridge for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Competition and the annual Muskoka Escpades of Town Crying Competition.
A reception was held for the Criers and Escort on Friday evening July 13th, 2012 at Nipissing University campus. The next morning, everyone thoroughly enjoyed a one hour cruise aboard the cruise ship Wenonah II, a two hundred passenger replica of a steamship that plied the waters of Lake Muskoka. This cruise was immediately prior to commencing the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Town Crier Competition with the first and second cries held at Gravenhurst Wharf. A wonderful meal was donated by Swiss Chalet for the awards ceremony Saturday evening. Councillor Steve Clement, acting on behalf of his Worship Mayor Graydon Smith, presented each Crier with a unique pewter Christmas ornament and Town of Bracebridge pin. An outstanding talent show was later performed by Town Criers and Escorts – Shaun & Martina Kruger; Dave McKee; Bill McKee; Andrew & Elsworth Welch and Daniel Richer dit le flèche.
Winners of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Competition – Gravenhurst – Saturday, July 14th
1st Place – John Webster City of Markham
2nd Place – Andrew Welch Town of Caledon & Village of Erin
3rd Place – Daniel Richer dit le flèche, Capital Region of Ottawa / Gatineau; Chris Whyman – City of Kingston; David McKee – City of Brantford (three way tie)
Best Dressed Crier – Daniel Richer dit le flèche – Capital Region of Ottawa / Gatineau
Best Dressed Escort Kimberly Rose Easton, Pennsylvania
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On Sunday morning, the first cry of the Muskoka Escapades of Town Crying Competition was held at the Muskoka Pioneer Power Show in Bracebridge. A luncheon was provided by Harvey’s Hamburgers on the Swiss Chalet patio amongst the flower display. The final cry was at the Christmas Tree of Santa’s Village with St. Nicholas himself in attendance. The awards for this competition were presented by Santa Claus who then provided his jet boat to transport the Criers and Escorts back to the Kruger residence along the Muskoka River.
Upon disembarking, a BBQ was provided on the garden lawns over looking the majestic Muskoka waterways with great socializing amongst the Criers and Escorts from the three countries of Canada, United States of America and New Zealand. Many of the volunteers and judges also attended.
Winners of the Muskoka Escapades of Town Crying Competition – Sunday, July 15th
1st Place – Chris Whyman City of Kingston
2nd Place – Bill McKee Twp of Scugog, Twp of Uxbridge and the City of Oshawa
3rd Place – John Webster City of Markham
Prizes awarded by Santa Claus at the Village
The Ontario Guild of Town Criers graciously appreciated the contributions which permitted this competition to take place from FedNor Canada; OLG; Sleemans Canada; Swiss Chalet/Harvey’s Restaurants, The Towns of Bracebridge and Gravenhurst plus Santa’s Village. The Nipissing University personnel were also outstanding in providing the reception area and tremendous accommodations for all.
See you next year for the Muskoka Escapades of Town Crying on Sunday, July 14th, 2013!
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