An Exciting Weekend in Store for Kemptville

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by Jeff Goodman for Sustainable North Grenville and
Deron Johnson for the Rural Summit

Our community has clearly made its mark on the regional map. Some popular events will be returning for the month of April. Sustainable North Grenville presents our 12th Annual North Grenville Sustainability Fair and Market, which will take place on Sunday, April 14.

That same weekend, Deron Johnson is leading the second Rural Summit which will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, providing the opportunity to attend both events!

The Sustainability Fair will be held on Sunday, April 14, from 10am to 3pm. As always, this is a FREE event for the whole family. It will be held at the North Grenville Municipal Centre, 285 County Rd 44, Kemptville.

Rooted in a celebration of Earth Day, the Sustainability Fair brings together locally-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, market vendors, artists, conservation and community groups from North Grenville and the surrounding area. Get to know the people who are part of the foundation of our local economy; chat with the booth holders and find out about their products and services. Peruse the market stalls for locally-produced art, crafts, and edible goodies. You’ll want to bring a shopping bag and your wallet. Find out about the community organizations that make North Grenville a great place to live and work. Bring your family to enjoy engaging, hands-on activities in the kid’s area.

The electric vehicle show will also return. From more modest beginnings, this has grown to become the biggest electric vehicle show in the region. Anything bigger is in Montreal or Toronto. We thank the people of North Grenville for helping make this impact. This year, we anticipate around 30 cars with their owners, dealerships onsite offering test drives, and presentations during the day. Come see models from Tesla, the Chevrolet Bolt, Hyundai Ioniq, Pacifica minivan plug-in hybrid, new Nissan Leaf, Honda Clarity, and many more. Talk with owners about their experience, winter driving, and reliability – then take one for a drive! Or more than one – compare different models and manufacturers in this one place instead of driving to multiple dealerships across Ottawa.

Local music and food will be featured. In addition, presentations throughout the day will offer a chance to learn and experience new ideas, or hear from local experts on matters related to sustainability and the community. For more information on the Sustainability Fair, contact [email protected].

The Rural Summit will be taking place on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, at Parish Hall on the campus of the former Kemptville College at 830 Prescott Street in Kemptville. The Summit is your opportunity to learn, share and network with local farmers, business owners, public servants, politicians and related industry professionals.

The first day of the two-day summit will feature a keynote speaker, multiple plenary sessions, a moderated panel discussion, and our signature farm-to-table lunch of local foods that last year’s attendees are still talking about. The second day will feature additional networking opportunities, hands-on workshops, and a local food tour to help bring the bigger picture into focus. You’ll walk away with new information, practical ideas and tools that you can use right away. Please visit www.ruralsummit.ca for more details and to register.

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