Friday, 30 August 2013

Brockton's Busker Festival

Brockton's Busker Festival in Walkerton

August and September provide families with a vast array of inexpensive, family oriented, community activities.  Activities that support the development of assets in our children, the building blocks that our children need to be successful community minded adults.  Specifically going to community fairs and festivals teaches our children about the:

“Constructive use of time through out-of-home and community programs”
“Social competencies as they develop cultural awareness”

On August 17, 2013 Walkerton Ontario held just such a full filled day – the Annual Busker Festival.  This event happens the third Saturday of August and will occur again on August 16th, 2014.

Walkerton closes down the main street and turns it into three blocks of nonstop fun for children and adults alike.  The admission is $3.00 per child and for this fee the children are given a plastic arm band that then gets them into and on all of the venues.   
This makes Busker Fest one of the most economical festivals that I have been to this year.

Too often fall fairs and festivals will advertise that admission is free and then host a pay per ride midway. 

 This means that while portions of the events are open to all socioeconomic levels the “fun” part, the part that children are drawn too is beyond what poverty and working class families can afford.  With the result that too often parents and/or grandparents spend money that has been allocated for housing, bills and food.
At Brockton’s Busker Festival for $3.00 every child had equal opportunity to have:


Cotton candy

Their face painted

 Large balloon sculpture


Play on all the rides


Take part in all the games

As Grandparents and Parents it is important that we support local fairs and festivals that provide equal opportunity for children regardless of their parent’s ability to pay for expensive rides and games.

As a society we need to ensure that poverty and low income does not keep community children from participating in the life of the community.

In Ontario CA low income is defined as an individual income of $30,000 or less, or a family income of $78,000 or less.

Poverty is defined as an individual income of $ $18,669.00 or less and a family income of $27,562 or less.   

All individuals living on Ontario Disabilities, Ontario Works, and Old Age Pension have an annual individual income of less than $18,669.00 and a family income of less than $27,562, by government design. 

All of these stats mean that events like the Brockton’s Busker Festival are important to the children and families who struggle daily with the reality of low income and poverty.  If you want to read more on how Ontario Canada is doing on the issue of poverty visit this site We are Ontario / Falling Behind a PDF document.

As Grandparents Paul and I had a great time at the Brockton’s Busker Festival and we hope to see you at the 2014 event with your Grandchildren.

Grandma Snyder

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