submitted by Deron Johnston
On behalf of the Kemptville Buskerfest Organizing Committee and the Old Town Kemptville Business Improvement Area (BIA), we want to extend our sincerest appreciation to everyone who was involved in making the 2023 Kemptville Buskerfest Presented By Urbandale Construction another memorable event.
“Now that the 2023 Kemptville Buskerfest has come and gone, we can take a breath and look back with pride on another successful team effort. Mother Nature wasn’t exactly on our side this year (again), but our performers and artists were 110% committed to providing the best possible visitor experience. Of course, we wouldn’t be able to accomplish much without the vital support provided by our generous sponsors and our event volunteers. As they say, the third time’s the charm, so we can’t wait to see you again for year #3 of the Kemptville Buskerfest!” – Sierra Jones-Martel – Chair of the Kemptville Buskerfest Organizing Committee.
Through the financial and in-kind investments of our sponsors and partners such as the Municipality of North Grenville, Urbandale Construction, Livestream Junkies, Allegiance Transportation Services, COBA Studios & Print Shop, To Be Continued Consignment, Jamming Around Man Productions, the North Grenville Times, Get Cronk’d Fitness Studio and others, we were able to plan and organize a community event that attracted approximately 3,500 visitors to Downtown Kemptville.
“As Buskerfest evolves, it becomes critical to strengthen existing relationships and develop new ones with our local business community. The Board of the BIA is thrilled to see the positive financial impact of Buskerfest not only for the downtown business community, but beyond. As investment in the festival grows, so will the financial benefit to businesses across North Grenville. Buskerfest represents a tremendous opportunity to showcase what North Grenville has to offer to thousands of visitors each May.” – Meagan Cumming – Acting Chair of the Old Town Kemptville BIA.
The North Grenville Arts Guild was a very active partner in this year’s event and provided a masterpiece of support. New sponsors like Kemptville Painting, Stef’s Quality Painting, Benjimen Flooring Ltd., First Stop Rentals, Rideau Roastery, Gravitate Travel, Yazdani Dental, Creekside Greens, Celtic Golf Centre and Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation joined our Buskerfest family and we hope that they had as much fun as we did.
Free community events like this are only possible through the tireless efforts of volunteers who perform a wide variety of essential tasks from web design to garbage pickup. We can’t thank our event volunteers enough for everything they do to provide the best possible experience for all Buskerfest visitors. Cheers to our Buske-teers!
The members of the Kemptville Buskerfest Organizing Committee also deserve individual recognition for their tireless commitment and sacrifice in bringing the 2023 Kemptville Buskerfest to life. Thanks to Sierra Jones-Martel, Meagan Cumming, Mary-Anne Leang, Amanda Leang, Herb Cloutier, Ashley Sloan, Megan McDonald, Paulina Hrebacka and Deron Johnston. Though not official members of the Committee, Mary Furber, Diane Cronk, Tarra Frimmel and Tammy Hurlbert were crucial in making Buskerfest a truly magical event.
The Kemptville Buskerfest is a free, family-friendly community event featuring local and professional street performers, unique vendors, delicious food and beverages, family-friendly activities and so much more. This one-of-a-kind event is hosted in beautiful Downtown Kemptville on a street lined with charming heritage buildings and featuring a diverse business community of personal service providers, foodservice businesses, boutique retail shops, professionals and more.