Weekend Passes $10.00
Daily Admission $5.00
Children Under 11 Free
Weekend Passes Can be purchased at the Gate
or at Brisco Furniture or Taylor's Jeweller's on Victoria Street
The Festival is made possible through the dedication and devotion of many volunteer members of the community. Here are some of the contributors.
Mouse Over Group Names and Click when underlined to read more:
- Alliston Lion's Club
- Alliston Nikolettes Gymnastics Club
- Alliston Rotary Club
- Downtown Improvement Association
- Honda Canada
- Knights of Columbus
- Ladies Orange Lodge
- Nottawasaga Foundation
- Nottawasaga Gilwell Club
- Everett Firefighters
- St. John's Church
- St. Paul's Catholic Women's League
- Town of New Tecumseth
- The Nottawasaga Gilwell Club
The Nottawasaga Gilwell Club is a group of Gilwellians - Scouters who have completed their Woodbadge Part II Training - some active with groups, some not - who like to get together four or five times a year socially - as all Scouters tend to do - and to participate in the Ontario Gilwell Reunion at Blue Springs Scout Reserve every September. As a fundraiser, we operate the french fry booth at the Alliston Potato Festival, with proceeds going to youth activities."
For more information, please go to our website: http://www.phlip.ca/scouts/gilwell/nottawasaga_gc.html
- The Alliston Lion's Club - Serving Alliston With Pride Since 1936
We are known as Knights of the Blind for our sight programs including support and fundraising for the CNIB. Lions recycle Eye Glasses to third world countries. We loan wheelchairs, canes, crutches, and other health aids, and build paths and walkways, support youth programs and minor sports. The Alliston Lions also operate a very successful Christmas Hamper program.
We support youth through Boy Scouts and international exchange programs, school bursaries, vision screening, effective speaking, peace poster contest, Lions youth camps, Lions Quest/Thrive life skills for youth as well as many other local programs.
Campaign SightFirst II is a coordinated, global fund-raising effort involving all 1.35 million Lions in more than 45,000 clubs to raise US$150 million for the SightFirst program. It is conducted by Lions Clubs International Foundation, the grant-making arm of the International Association of Lions Clubs.
The Alliston Lions Club meets twice monthly, the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 7pm (6:30 social) at 60 Boyne Street Alliston. We are Women and Men who are community minded and need a break from the daily grind. If you are interested contact any Alliston Lions Club Member.
Visit The Alliston Lions Club http://www.allistonlions.ca/
History of the Festival:
Talk of an Alliston Potato Festival first took form on June 14, 1972 when the late David Willis then the Herald publisher wrote an article suggesting that best way to promote our community would be to hold a Potato Festival. At that time Alliston was the biggest and best potato growing area of Ontario and probably of Canada. The idea was supported by the Alliston Rotary Club and the proposal went before the Alliston Recreation Committee as a way for all organziations to work together.
Will Nap of the agriculture office was elected chariman and Gerry Moon vice president of the first Potato Festival committee. In the first festival, all the action took place on Victoria Street, a list of desired activities were established and groups organized activities according to their areas of expertise.
The Alliston Potato Festival has grown and expanded its existence over the years. Today it is a 3 day event taking place not only on Victoria Street but also on 2 baseball fields that convert into the Festival fairground every August. We are known for one of the biggest parades that kick off the potato festival. Over the years, one thing that has remained constant is that the festival is truly a community affair. It has remained, for some of the non-profit organizations, their biggest fund raising event of the year.
Over the years, the Alliston Potato Festival Committee has contributed to such organizations as:
-Alliston Relay For Life
-The Alliston Nikolettes Gymnastics Club
-The Alliston Cenotaph
-Modernize of the Alliston Library
- Alliston Minor Hockey Equipment
- Rotary Club for park beautification
- Alliston Arena Floor
- Signs at the entrance of town
- Fairground Pavilion
- Bandshell At Riverdale Park
- South Simcoe Pioneer Museum
- Improvements to Alliston Rotary Pool
- Siding on Alliston Arena
- Eighth Avenue Youth Centre
- Gibson Cultural Centre
- Community Living for South Simcoe (CLASS)
The Alliston Potato Festival will continue to play an active role in the community and lending a helping hand to various organizations.