Alliston Potato Festival Parade
Start time 7pm Friday at Banting High School on Victoria Street, turn on Ontario Street and then ends up at the Alliston Memorial Arena on Nelson Street

Ferris Wheel

Midway Amusement Centre

Friday, August 11 to Sunday, August 13, 2017
Alliston Fairgrounds (Beech St. and Church St.)


Texas Hold 'em Tournament


Date: Friday, August 11th, 2017
Registration: 6:30pm
Start: 7:00pm
Buy-In: $40.00

1. Initial buy-in paid back to the players in prize money
$40.00 = 2000 tournament chips
2. Optional re-buys will be available for the first 3 levels at $20.00 = 2000 tournament chips to any player that loses their chips in the first three rounds
3. Two Optional add-ons
- $20.00 for 2000 chips
- $40.00 for 5000 chips



Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Fairgrounds (Beech and Church St) – Wellington and Church St – Wellington and Paris St
Royal Canadian Legion (Dufferin St.)
Time: 10am to 5pm (running every 30 minutes)

Lloyd Kennedy

St John's Church Pancake Breakfast    

Location: Church Parking Lot - Victoria Street    

Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017

Mr Potato Head Baseball


Date: Saturday, August 12

$425 Entry Fee
$2000 in Cash Prizes!!
Men's & Ladies Open Divisions
4 Game Guarantee
Limited Spots Available

**Includes entry fee to the midway for each player - where there will be a beer gardens and food of your choice.

Contact: Jason Shand at or (705)890-0767 OR

Ben VanDorp at or (705)440-6846

Sponsored by All In One Supplements, Alliston



Date: August 12, 13, 2017

Place: Festival Fairgrounds 

Sponsor: BeyBlade from Hasbro


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Alliston Recycled Teenagers Classic Car and Truck Club Potato Festival Car Show

Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017 9am-3pm
Location: Downtown
Victoria Street East - Please enter from King St / Hwy 89 
Vehicle Registration $10.00 Charitable Donation


Bubble Station

Unique Traveling Science Centre

Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017 10am-5pm
& Sunday, August 13 10am-4pm
Location: Fairgrounds


Lazer Tag

Lazer tag

Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Time: 10am-5pm
Location: Fairgrounds


Bingo Alliston Lions Club

Bingo - sponsored by the Alliston Lions Club

Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Time: 11am-5pm
Location: Fairgrounds


Alliston Gymnastics Team

Alliston Gymnastics Team

Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Time: 12:30pm


Cairo's Jewels Belly Dance

Cairo’s Jewels Belly Dance

Cairo's Jewels BellyDance moves to inspire and entertain! Our group is made up of talented dancers performing to share the beautiful dance art of BellyDance! Our performances are lively, graceful and fun for all ages. Cairo's Jewels BellyDance has been performing in & around the Barrie area for 7 years! 

Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Time: 2:00pm
Location: Fairgrounds


Miss Jennies Performing Arts

Miss Jennies Performing Arts

Location: Fairgrounds
Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Time: 2:30pm 

The competitive dance team from Miss Jennie's Performing Arts Studio in Innisfil are excited to perform a selection of our 2017 season's award-winning competitive choreographies. Styles will include jazz, musical theatre, hip hop and acro.


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Creature Quest – appearing at the Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 12th at 3pm.

Meeting Animals Is ...... An Adventure!
Interacting with live animals is amazing and educational!

Our diverse selection of animals includes cool snakes, soft bunnies, exotic frogs and funny birds. Educational and interactive, Creature Quest presentations are great for everyone.

Come see the performance, meet the animals and get your picture taken.

Visit the website at

Baby Contest

Baby Show Contest

Location: Fairgrounds (corner Beech St and Church St)
Date: Sunday, August 13, 2017
Time: 10:00am
Entry Fee: $5.00 per child (at the information booth on the fairgrounds).
Registration is all weekend long up to Sunday at 9:45am.


Paint a Car

Early’s Auto Parts donates a car for painting
Date: Sunday, August 13, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Fairgrounds

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The Magical Duda 

Date: Sunday, August 13, 2017 
Place: Fairgrounds
Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm

For more details visit

Dog Show

K9 Dog Sport Performance Team

Date: Sunday, August 13, 2017
Location: Fairgrounds
Time: 1pm and 3pm



MACMURCHY SCHOOL of HIGHLAND DANCE Performing Sunday, August 13th at 2pm
at the Fairgrounds

MacMurchy School of Highland Dance was original formed by dance instructor/director Mary Cicci around 1994 AS the Cicci School of Highland Dance in the basement of her George Street home. It grew to become New Tecumseth's largest Highland Dance school offering recreational and competitive highland dance classes for ages 4 and up. Year after year students were able to proudly perform at various local and community events. Sometimes even with pipe bands or pipers. Members of the studio have even performed with York Region Police Pipes and Drums in events like the 2008 York Region Police Military Tattoo, a benefit for the Special Olympics. Around 2002 Maggie MacMurchy came on board as an instructor and partner and has been the Director of the School since 2010. For upcoming class information please call (705) 435-1403 or visit our studio Facebook by clicking here.

Potato Peeling Contest

Potato Peeling Contest 

Date: Sunday, August 13th, 2017
Place: Fairgrounds
Time: 2:30pm

Beer Gardens Entertainment

Vampire Club

THE VAMPIRE CLUB - Friday Night 9:30pm

Fronted by Darren James Smith of Harem Scarem and Red Dragon Cartel ( Jake E Lee) The Vampire Club are 4 long time friends that get together to play hard rocking party tunes from 4 decades of rock. ACDC, Buckcherry, Van Halen, Audioslave, Led Zeppelin etc. Members are Pat Carrano , Bob Frenette and Pauly Fonseca of SANDMAN ( only sanctioned Metallica Tribute ). High energy show and a songlist that slays. THE VAMPIRE CLUB

Motown Boys

THE MOTOWN BOYS - Saturday Afternoon 1pm
George St.Kitts brings his Motown Boys to the Beer Garden stage, performing Live to Track, a variety of top 40 & Motown classic hits. Having performed for some of Canada's leading companies and organizations, the Motown Boys bring a touch of class, quality, and showmanship to every note they sing. Bring your happy feet to Beer Gardens in the Fairground, it should be a fun, and happy good time for all.

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BRUCE NASMITH - Saturday Afternoon 3pm
Musician extrodinarie, Bruce Nasmith brings his one-man show to Alliston to impart some tasty Rockin' Blues to his audience. This guitar virtuoso has been plying his trade since he was a young teenager in North York, to audiences around the world...HIs LP Pleasure and Pain is available on

Astar the Robot

ASTAR THE ROBOT - Saturday Evening 7pm
Local Alliston band, Astar the Robot [named after the fictional golden humanoid robot made famous by the War Amps charitable organization], visit the Potato Festival again this year, with some some fresh excitement and amazing renditions of current and classic hits.  Members include Luke & Josh Hutchinson and Guitarist Grant Boyer from The Entropy, and local guitarist Chris Taggart.  These lads know how to rock, and will having you grooving early Saturday evening.


Bon Jovi Forever

BON JOVI FOREVER - Saturday Night 9:30
Canada's Premiere tribute to Bon Jovi makes another appearance at our Potato Festival. From the iconic smash hits of the 80's and the fist pumping sounds of the 90's right up to today's newest hits, Bon Jovi Forever fills the dance floor while paying tribute to the amazing rock and roll band.
From the stage set up to the signature moves, they portray everything you know and love about Bon Jovi in concert. Lead singer, Baz Littleorock sounds identical to Jon Bon Jovi - you have to hear it to believe it!
More than just a tribute band, Bon Jovi Forever brings the excitement of a real Bon Jovi show and the sound of the studio combined together to bring one of the most high-energy performances and fan-friendly shows that you will ever see.


Beeton Boomers

THE BEETON BOOMERS - Sunday Afternoon 12:30 pm
Another local New Tecumseth act, return to the Potato Festival stage with many of their classic Rock n Roll tunes from bands through the years.
And with a revamped playlist, Alan Masters and the Beeton Boomers look forward to entertaining everyone on a Sunday afternoon.
More than just a tribute band, Bon Jovi Forever brings the excitement of a real Bon Jovi show and the sound of the studio combined together to bring one of the most high-energy performances and fan-friendly shows that you will ever see.


DJ Nixter

DJ NIXTER - All weekend
Nick Poulakis aka DJ Nixter will once again MC and mix his music mashes to his hometown audience.  Known as a sportsmusic producer, DJ Nixter has entertained more the 33 million people in his 28 year career, and continues to entertain tens of thousands yearly as the Music Director for FIRST Robotics, where he DJ's the FIRST World Championships in Houston and St.Louis, as well as all the Canadian Regionals. He has been responsible for playing music for most of Toronto's Championship sports teams, Including the 92/93 Blue Jays World Series, the 91/96/04 Argonaut Grey Cups, 2002/2003 Toronto Rock World Championships, and recently the 2015 Oshawa Generals Memorial Cup...he has also been with the Leafs and Raptors, as well as the Barrie Colts, Mississauga IceDogs/Major/Steelheads.
"My greatest joy is inspiring through music, by painting with sound an atmosphere of sonic harmony that not only addresses the focus of attention, but also provides an ambiance of sound that stirs the soul and resonates and lives in the memory banks of the mind... and it's FUN!"