With less than a month to go before the Third Annual North Shore Challenge for Camp Trillium, you have probably begun to plan your race weekend. “But Mr. Race Director,” you are probably asking yourself, “should I be bringing my whole family with me? What is there to do in Turkey Point?” Well, let me tell you!
Despite being a small cottage community, there are a TON of activities for family members of all ages to take part in during the July 15-16 weekend. Here are just a few highlights:
1. Drowning Prevention Week Kickoff
Hosted by the lifeguards of the Annaleise Carr Aquatic Centre, kids of all ages can play Plinko and Wheel of Water Safety beachside, near the finish line. Try on a PFD, and if you guess the right size of PDF for you, you can earn your “Safety Superhero” certificate! And keep an eye out for special guest, Buckles.
2. Puppetry on the Beach
The staff of the Norfolk Arts Centre are proud to present a preview of “NORfolktales of Land and Lake and Little Cantelon.”
Kids and their families can learn about Norfolk artist Edgar Cantelon, and will be puppet making under the Norfolk Arts Tent at Turkey Point Beach, to help us prepare for NORfolktales, which runs later in the summer.
You can visit the NAC tent from 9-12, near the finish line of the NSC!
3. Pavilion Fun
While the lake is where the race action is, the Turkey Point Pavilion is the focal point of pre- and post- race activities.
When you register, enjoy apples, hot apple cider, and the official doughnut of Norfolk County, the apple cider doughnut, courtesy of The Norfolk Fruit Growers Association.
Information booths from our friends at Great Lakes Trust, Canadian Freshwater Alliance, Camp Trillium, The Red Cross, and others will be set up at the pavilion all day. There will also be a volleyball net set up for your enjoyment.
Following the races, all are welcome to enjoy our “pay-what-you-can” charity BBQ, hosted by the Waterford Lions Club, and a musical performance by Norfolk treasure, Duane Rutter. Post race awards will be handed out at this time by our special guest, Olympian Open Water Swimmer, Zsofi Balazs, and our race directors.
Norfolk County is known as Ontario’s Garden. In addition to our amazing farmers and food producers, we also boast a wide array of top-quality restaurants for every palate! In order to highlight the best of what we have to offer (and to entice you to stay and play), every swimmer will receive a #fuelyourswim postcard in their race kit.
This postcard is your passport to AT LEAST 15% off every restaurant you see listed, from July 15th-23rd. From 50’s Diner to Fine Dining, and everything in between, you are doing yourself a serious disservice if you leave Norfolk without trying every single one of these amazing establishments!
5. We’re not the only gig in town!
Summers in the ‘folk are crazy busy! In addition to the North Shore Challenge, here are a few of the other things happening, that we encourage you to check out, if you are staying the weekend, or the whole week!