Clarence-Rockland Festival Endures Unpredictable weather

Andrew Coppolino
Clarence-Rockland Festival Endures Unpredictable weather
Crowds flocked to the food trucks, car show and inflatable games at Simon Park, weather permitting, for the Clarence-Rockland Festival, a week-long celebration that ended on Canada Day. (Photo : Andrew Coppolino)

Brooding skies on Saturday cleared to make way for fluffy clouds in blue sky, sunshine and a breeze that made for comfortable temperatures by the weekend for the annual Clarence-Rockland Festival that wound up on Canada Day.

The seven-day festival that kicked off on June 25 featured bocce, cornhole baseball, line dancing, French stand-up comedy, movies under the stars and live music on the big stage. The kids and bubbles were a big hit.

The Clarence-Rockland Fire Department had a “quint” on display – that’s a fire truck that combines ladder-truck and water-pumping equipment – and held a “fire combat challenge.”

As for other trucks, mobile food trucks supplied gustatory support and included Almighty Cheese, the Mexican cantina-inspired fare of Mobile Bites (including the ambulatory deliciousness of the “Walking Taco Salad”), Frozen Flamingo, Crunchy Creations and Sweet Eats and Mom’s Kitchen with the famous “Farmer’s Poutine” from their restaurant on Landry Street in Clarence Creek.

Foregrounding Clarence-Rockland’s unique contribution to the pizza genre, a competition featured Rockland Pizza, Main Street Pizza, Boston Pizza, Milano’s Rockland, Spartas and Broken Stick Brewing Company at Hammond Golf Club, with Main Street Pizza taking top people’s choice honours for “Best Pizza in Clarence-Rockland.” Partial proceeds from pizza sold was donated to the Rockland Help Centre Food Bank.

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