For over 20 years Colborne Ontario takes advantage of its location next to Lake Ontario in prime Apple country and presents the Apple Blossom Tyme Festival indicating thefull start of Spring. Okay, May 27th-29th is not the official start of Spring, Planting on farms is passing full swing as is the trimming and prepping of fruit trees. Now Nature and the Bees Business awaits flowering and pollination – perfect time for a fest to launch into Spring with a festival geared for fun for the whole family. But most important of all, Spring flowers and blossoms are in full beauty and bloom.
And the Apple Blossom Tyme Festival does not disappoint with three days crammed full of activities and events to please the whole family. For the kids, there are the carnival rides and games, a live owl exhibition, soap box derby in 3 age groups, a spelling bee also in 3 age groups, kids tractor pull, Irish road bowling contest, and firefighter challenge contest among others. For the family, there are the Cramahe Heritage Walks, the Beautiful Baby contests, the classic car shine and show, and the vintage tractor show and contests. For art lovers, there are the Art Studio tour, the Twindmill Antiques Shows, Salem Quilters Comfort display, the Crossroad exhibition at the Colborne Art Gallery, the Hoselton Scupture Tour and Sale, and more.
And the Apple Blossom festival is easy to get to. If you coming from Mississauga or the Toronto GTA its about 135km and less for those starting in Whitby, Oshawa, Peterborough, and Lindsay. The 401 is the fastest way – take the 497 exit for Colborne at the Big Apple turn-off and just follow the road 3kms into town and the Festival. For those wanting to see the Apple Blossoms coming from Toronto and West, turn off at Cobourg and take Highway 2 for the last 30 kms to Colborne through farm and Apple country to Colborne.
In the evenings there are concerts and dining starting with the DJ Dance Party at the Keeler Center at 8:00PM to 1:00AM on Friday [$10 tickets at the door] , the Apple Blossom Tyme Legion Dinner from 4:30 to 6:00PM on Saturday at the Royal Canadian Legion Center, and the Paul MacDonald Concert at 7:00PM Saturday at the Colborne Art Gallery[$20 tickets with a silent auction after the concert of donated art works].
Events that occur on one day only are highlighted below:
|Events on Saturday May 28th only|
Antique Tool exhibition – 9:00AM 4:00PM
Tractor Show and Races – 9:00AM to 3:30PM
Slow Tractor Race, Pop Can Race, and Tractor Parade with commentary throughout the day.
|5 Apple Blossom Baby Contests – 8:30 to 10:AM||Holcim Ogden Quarry Tours – 10:00AM to 3:00PM|
|3 Spelling Bee Contests – starting at 10:00AM|
Prizes of $150-1st, $75-2nd, $50-3rd for all 3 contests
If you are like me the annual Spelling Bee and Geography + History Quiz were very important dates every year. School and family traditions rested on being a beeutifull speller. But the only prize was a small certificate of ranking not the big bucks available to Apple Blossom Spelling Bee-ers.
What is Irish Road Bowling? It is an ancient sport, dating back to very early times, that has been played in Ireland for years! Teams bowl “Bullets” underhand through a designated obstacle course approximately 3 miles (on the roadway). The first team to the finish line with the least amount of “Bowls” wins! This is a family friendly event.
|Live Exhibition of Native Owls – 12 Noon||SoapBox Derby, 3 Divisions – 12:30PM|
|Comfort Quilt Show – 10:00AM to 4:00PM||Big Apple Pie Eating Contest – 3:00PM, Juniors and Seniors|
|Events on Sunday May 29th Only|
|Classic Car Shine and Show Contests – 9:00AM to 3:30PM||Ecumenical Worship Service – 11:00AM|
|TwindMills Market Antiques Extravaganza – 9:AM to 4PM||Closing Day – 3:30PM|
As one can see the Apple Blossom Tyme Festival is full of fun for the whole family. Click on any image above to get further details. Also here are additional information resources:
Driving Instructions and Map
Events Schedule for the Festival
Map of Colborne with Event Locations
Forms for contests like Soap Box Derby
Apple Blossom Tyme Festival Website