4 fun ways to celebrate Mississippi Mills’ bicentennial this fall

The RE/MAX hot air balloon will be at the Almonte Fairgrounds on Oct. 14 to help celebrate Mississippi Mills’ bicentennial. – Photo via RE/MAX

The Municipality of Mississippi Mills is celebrating 200 years in 2023, and a variety of events are planned this fall to help residents get into the spirit.

Here are four fun events to check out.

1.October 14 – Yellow Bus Farm Tour II

This is the second Bicentennial agricultural farm tour; it will take participants to local farms so they can get a behind-the-scenes look at what happens in our rural farming community. A ploughman’s lunch will be provided. Other perks include a gift bag and a wagon ride!

The guided tour begins at 8:30 a.m. at 182 Bridge St. (John Levi Community Centre) and ends at approximately 4:30 p.m. Stops include a beef farm, dairy farm, tree farm and an organic garden.

Tickets are $30 each and available at Almonte Old Town Hall, Nicholson’s, Clayton General Store and the Almonte library

2. October 14 – RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon rides

Come out to the Almonte Fairgrounds from 3 to 7 p.m. as the RE/MAX hot air balloon and its team will be on site for free tethered rides.

Rides will happen on a first come, first served basis. Riders must be a minimum of 48″ tall. Each ride can have the equivalent of two average-sized adults in the basket. This event is weather permitting.

Food donations to the food bank and/or cash donations to the local 4H Club are greatly appreciated.

3. October 14 – Bicentennial Old Fashioned Harvest Dinner & Dance at the North Lanark Agricultural Society Hall

Step back in time and experience how the community once to come together after the harvest.

Enjoy a spectacular fall feast, with food sourced from local farms. There will be a town crier, a live auction with auctioneer Frank Burns, and a square dancing demonstration by the 4H club with caller Glen Syme. The Glenn Silverson band will get you up and dancing.

There will be a cash bar. All auction items will be processed in cash.

Sponsors of this event include the Co-operators, RBC, Lanark Federation of Agriculture and the 5 Span Feed & Seed.

Tickets are $40 and are available at Almonte Old Town Hall, Nicholson’s, Clayton General Store and the Almonte library.

4. November 17-19, 24-26 – Spinning Yarns: The Millworkers’ Musical will be performed at Almonte Old Town Hall

Spinning Yarns is a delightful, informative and musical history of the workers and founding families of the Rosamond Woollen Mill. Discover why Almonte was once called the “Little Manchester” of Canada, how it got its distinctive name and more.

The musical was written by Fern Martin, directed by Kris Riendeau, and produced by Barb Dickson and Michael Rikley-Lancaster.

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