48th annual Mudcat Festival brings the joy

The 48th annual Mudcat Festival had approximately 40,000 people of all ages smiling ear-to-ear over four days from June 6-9, 2024, with a variety of entertainment, food, vendors, and activities.

“It went really well! Lots of people came out and the town was full of excitement,” said Marianne Kidd, President of the Dunnville Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the event.

“We couldn’t have done the festival if it wasn’t for over 100 volunteers and the amazing sponsors of the event! Thank you to everyone who helped and participated in the festival!”

DUNNVILLE—The Strongperson competition “saw the first time a woman flipped the car!” said Marianne Kidd, President of the Dunnville Chamber of Commerce, adding that the men pulled 25,000 lbs. —Photos by Kerry Newstead, Haldimand Photography Club.

Mudcat kicked off Thursday with the new Queen Street Country Concert and Vendor Market. Local artist Gary Rothwell got the evening started and was followed by Redneck Revolution. Kidd said it “was a hit” and will return next year.

All kinds of special things were on display throughout Mudcat Festival, from a bed race to a kids’ fishing derby.

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There were 57 floats in total in the parade, which took place the morning of June 6; these included the Legion Pipes and Drums and “Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and Jessie joined us from Toy Story!” added Kidd.                  

DUNNVILLE—Angel Suh shows off a smile during CJ’s Skatepark competition on Saturday, June 8. —Haldimand Press photo by Randy Carter.

The Strongperson competition “saw the first time a woman flipped the car!” Kidd said, adding that the men pulled 25,000 lbs.

“New activities such as the Duck Races and Kids Petting Farm were a hit!”

The annual car show was a major draw at the Lions Park, with approximately 350 vehicles participating. The great weather played a part in the constant flow of viewers.

Also in the Lions Park, kids of all ages took part in the skateboard competition for best trick on Saturday. This was run by CJ’s Skatepark, an indoor facility in Mississauga used by about 5,000 kids a year.