Welland Rose Festival back this weekend after two year absence


Published June 17, 2022 at 8:11 am

The Welland Rose Festival kicked off last night when the Triple-A Welland Jackfish were renamed for the night as they played Brantford. These one-time jerseys were all auctioned off afterwards. (Photo: Stephen Ruddy)

The Welland Rose Festival after a two year absence due to the pandemic and it’s looking to get the community out on the streets once again.

It started officially last night (June 16) at Welland Stadium where the Jackfish of the Intercounty Baseball League were renamed the Roses for the night.

It was a strong start as the Jackfish-Roses spanked the Brantford Red Sox 19-5 to push their record up to 10-2 and sit on top of the IBL standings. Their jerseys were silent-auctioned off through the game with all proceeds going to charity.

Today (June 17), the fun begins at noon as the Days in the Park, being held at Merritt Park , will see food, entertainment and local vendors all day long until 6 pm.

Starting at 6 pm will be the big Street Dance as Other Syde opens up the the popular Jack de Kezyer Blues Band at the amphitheatre.

Tomorrow, it all continues again as from 10 am to 6 pm, vendors will take over Merritt Park yet again. At 11 am, the musical duo of Splash N Boots will provide family fun at the floating stage on the canal.

Three different dance troupes will take to the streets from 12:30 pm before the music kicks back up at 6 pm with British Invasion and Forever Seger. Then at dusk, the fireworks will light up the sky.

On Father’s Day (June 19), there will be a Fishing Derby followed by the 60th Annual Grande Parade at 1 pm, this year featuring sky-divers and a military fly-over.

It all wraps up at 3:30 pm when The Howling Horns hit the amphitheatre stage at the parade’s finish.


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