Dundas, already internationally recognized for the Cacti produced by the local Ben Veldhuis Cactus Greenhouses, the group received Ben’s approval of the name, “Cactus Festival”.The first festival lasted 9 days, and began with a parade. It featured sports events, a film night, a casino night, a dance at the community center, and midway rides in Dundas driving park Over the years, it grew and in 1979, the downtown merchants agreed to hold their sidewalk sale as part of the Festival. Other craft vendors and exhibitors were invited too.
The festival moved to King St. and the reputation of the festival grew, year by year. For the sum of $1.00, the Jaycees sold the rights to the Town. Since 1979, the festival has been tirelessly organized by local volunteers; The Cactus Festival of Dundas Committee.
Occurring every 3rd weekend in August, ‘Cactus’ attracts visitors from across the nation and is the unofficial ‘homecoming’ event for any and all who have lived in the community. Continuing to evolve and expand, the FREE family fun Festival runs for 3 days and includes 4 entertainment stages, event zones and over 100 street vendors.
This August, the Festival celebrates 39 years and will once again be the signature event.
On a personal note I visited the Festival last year and it was tons of fun! Street vendors and food vendors, local shop owners and artisans. The downtown was buzzing with people, bands were playing and the sun was shining. I had a great time so check it out for sure!
Fabulous amusement rides all weekend long!
The 2014 Cactus Festival of Dundas Ontario will feature some of the best bands you’ll see all summer long. Each stage offers something different. Events & Entertainment .
Cactus Family Fun Zone!
The Fun Zone, located on King St. between Market and Church offers a one stop shop for family entertainment. Family Fun Zone .
Fortino’s 9th Baby Cactus Contest
The Baby Cactus Contest is an opportunity for young families with babies 3-17 months to meet, have some fun, and win some great prizes. Every baby entered is recognized and receives an Official ‘Cactus Tumbleweed’ Certificate!
Art in the Alley
All forms of original art, including paintings, sculpture, beadwork,
jewellery, silk work, pottery, woodwork and metal work.
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