Column: Richmond and Manotick - great events in Rideau-Goulbourn

It was a beautiful weekend in Rideau-Goulbourn. We are truly blessed to live in such great communities that put on so many amazing family friendly events.

Manotick Picnic in the Park/Soap Box Derby
The turnout was great for the First Annual Soap Box Derby in Manotick. I was pleased to help kick off what promises to become a great Manotick tradition. The organizers did a great job and it looked like all the participants were having a lot of fun. I also had the surprise privilege to be the first one down the course in one of the box cars. I topped a whopping speed of 16 km/h. The 28 other cars did much better than myself with one car in particular getting up over 30 km/h. Congratulations to all of the participants and a big thanks to the organizing team, which included Allan Haan, Klaus Beltzner, and Glenn Brooks.

Kicking off at the same time was the Terry Fox Walk/Run through Manotick. Plenty of enthusiastic residents were able to enjoy the beautiful weather all the while supporting a great cause in the Terry Fox Foundation. Even though Terry Fox could not complete his Marathon of Hope, his journey continues through this great event each and every year since his death in 1981. We are honoured to be able to have one take place right here in Rideau-Goulbourn.

To top it all off was the Annual Picnic in the Park. The Manotick Arena was a very busy spot on Sunday as all of the participants from the Soap Box Derby and the Terry Fox Run converged on the Arena for the Picnic in the Park. Thank you to the Manotick Village Community Association for putting on another great event that brings our community closer together.

Richmond Fair
It was the 167th edition of the Richmond Fair and it may have been the best yet. With beautiful weather all weekend, the Fair offered great entertainment for young and old and even added some new events this year with the BMX stunt show and the Flying Fools high dive show. I had a lot of fun being there in my booth all weekend and it was great to see so many residents from all over Rideau-Goulbourn.

In our booth, we held a draw for one of my Taste of Rideau-Goulbourn gift baskets and the winner was Phyllis Carrigan of North Gower. The contents of the basket were a jar pickles from Saunders Farm, coffee from the NoGo Coffee Company in North Gower, a gift certificate to the French Café in Manotick, a bottle of wine from Jabulani Winery, a gift certificate to the Richmond Nursery and a Watson’s Mill mug.

Thank you to the Richmond Agricultural Society for putting on another amazing Fair and parade. The year-long hard work of Larry Monuk, Dale & Marlene Greene, David Bobier, Gerd Lohmann, Marg Todd, Vivien Daly, Robert Bell, Sarah Farrell, Ian Stackhouse, Bill Reid, and so many more volunteers make this a wonderful event that makes all of us proud to have the Richmond Fair right here in our backyard.

There were also some birthdays celebrated this past weekend. The Manotick Village Butcher and the My Toy Shop in Manotick celebrated their 1st anniversaries on Saturday. Great weather led to big crowds for both events. Another birthday celebration took place in Pierces Corners on Sunday for Phyllis Hamilton. Phyllis turned 90 on Friday, September 16. Happy Birthday!


Hope everyone enjoyed the weekend and let’s hope it isn’t the last good weekend of summer. If you’d like to reach me, please email me at or by phone at 613-580-2491. You can also connect with me on Twitter or follow on Facebook for updates.