‘Paddles and Puppets’ on tomorrow at Fairgrounds

Thinking of heading to the cottage tomorrow?

The weather looks great all right — but maybe you’d have even more fun at Paddles and Puppets at the Almonte Fairgrounds.

This year’s event, again sponsored by L.G. Lee & Sons, will include a 5 km community paddle up the Mississippi River towards Appleton, and feature teams building, decorating and racing their own rafts across the river.

New this year is the addition of three different puppet shows for kids and their families, sponsored by Levi Home Hardware and presented by the folks who brought you Almonte’s popular Puppets Up!

There will also be toe-tapping musical entertainment throughout the afternoon thanks to local music promoter Charlie Kitts and sponsored by Valley Heritage Radio.

The local Civitan Club will be serving breakfast starting at 9 a.m. and lunch at noon.

All proceeds from the day’s activities will support new diagnostic imaging equipment at AGH.

Admission: Adult $20, Child $10, Family Pass (2 Adults, 4 Children) $50

SCHEDULE

Paddle/Raft Participant Check-In   
9 a.m. — 2 p.m.

Clifford the Big Red Dog Visits      
9:45 — 10:15 a.m.

Community Paddle (Bring Your Own Vessel)   
10 — 11 a.m.

PUPPET SHOW – Plugging into Nature        
10:15 — 11 a.m.

Raft Building Begins* (Raft teams must have pre-registered)       
11 a.m.

Clifford the Big Red Dog Visits   
10:45 — 11:15 a.m.

PUPPET SHOW — I Spy a Butterfly      
11:15 a.m. — noon

Clifford the Big Red Dog Visits   
11:45 a.m. — 12:45 p.m.

PUPPET SHOW – Punch & Judy   
12:15 — 1 p.m.

Live Music from the Main Stage
12:30 – 5 p.m.

Stand Up Paddle Lessons         
12:30 — 1:30 p.m.

PUPPET SHOW – Plugging into Nature    
1:15 — 2 p.m.

Stand Up Paddle Lessons 
1:30 — 2 p.m.

Raft Building Ends      
1:30 p.m.

Awards for Best Raft Design & Costumes   
1:30 — 1:45 p.m.

Raft Races (Timed Heats)   
2 — 4 p.m.

PUPPET SHOW – I Spy Butterfly 
3 — 4 p.m.

PUPPET SHOW – Punch & Judy     
4 — 4:45 p.m.

Presentation of Raft Race Prizes   
4 — 4:15 p.m. (time may differ)