Cookstown’s 31st Annual Wing Ding, June 7 & 8

Update:  It started as lark. We didn’t really expect to win anything. But my wife and I were happily surprised to learn that we won one of the awards in Cookstown’s Creative Chair Contest. Thank you, judges. All of the entries were excellent. And I’m sure the other winners join me in thanking the Cookstown businesses that very generously provided the wonderful baskets of prizes. We hope you enjoyed Wing Ding and look forward to next year’s event.

When I first moved to Innisfil, I wasn’t sure what Cookstown’s Wing Ding was all about. It’s partly a giant neighbourhood rummage sale, partly street festival with music and food, but overall it’s one of the first opportunities to enjoy a leisurely day outside in summer weather.

This year, because of traffic and possible construction concerns, activities take place in the Cookstown Fairgrounds at 20 Church Street beside the Cookstown Branch Library.  You’ll find crafters and artists displays and food trucks. Cookstown residents set up their own yard sales so plan to stroll around too. Wing Ding is “like a box of chocolates” … you never know what you’ll get! 

Queen Street retailers have special sales, the United Church is featuring back bacon on a bun, and South Simcoe Theatre is presenting a showcase of play readings in the evenings.  The public school wants to recycle your LCBO bottles and used electronics for their fundraiser.

One of the more recent additions is the Creative Chair Contest. Innisfil residents are challenged to decorate a chair for Cookstown, the Coziest Corner in Innisfil. This year, my wife and I came across this battered old chair and decided to take a run at renovating it for the contest:


Here’s how our entry, Innisfil at the Beach, turned out:


And here are a few of the other entries this year. Be sure to see them all:

Chair1 Chair2Chair3

You can vote for your favourite Creative Chair at 19 Queen St. (old Cookstown Library) until 4 p.m. Saturday and also view Art Around the Corner there too.

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