Festivities galore at Niagara-on-the-Lake’s 13 for 13 event honouring British Columbia

Marty Petrullo of Petrullo Marketplace with his booth at the 13 for 13 Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Simcoe Park. Petrullo Marketplace sells produce, florals, food and more.

The 13 for 13 Festival rolled into Niagara-on-the-Lake to shine a spotlight on British Columbia.

Dozens made their way to Old Town for the festivities in Simcoe Park on Aug. 10. The event was part of the two-week-long festival that pairs Niagara municipalities with Canadian provinces or territories. The cultural events are being held as a part of the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games, running until Aug. 21 in the Niagara region.

At this festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake merchants and community organizations like the museum, library, the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Center and more set up shop at the park and introduced visitors from outside the area to the world of Niagara-on-the -Lake.

Niagara-on-the-Lake’s festival also featured a live performance from Vancouver-based band Said the Whale, a Juno Award-winning act that plays dreamy indie rock music.

“This event has been in the works for over two years,” Lord Mayor Betty Disero told festivalgoers at the park’s amphitheatre. “Finally, as pandemic restrictions have eased, and Summer Games have launched, we are able to enjoy the entertainment, food, drink vendors, farmers’ market and unique programming.”

Disero said the town was “lucky” to host the British Columbia festival.

“Just like Niagara-on-the-Lake, British Columbia is rich with history and heritage, and is known for its beautiful vineyards and great wines,” Disero said.

Area business owners got to interact with visitors from across the region and across Canada, showing some of what Niagara-on-the-Lake has to offer.

“I had a few people in from New Brunswick, just watching their cousins ​​play,” said Marty Petrullo, owner of Petrullo Marketplace in St. Davids. “It’s one of those things where this is the community, and to bring people from outside of it, inside, and give them a taste of what we’re all about.”

For Niagara-on-the-Lake residents who came out to enjoy a sunny day at their park, this event was a point of pride.

“It’s wonderful post-COVID to see everybody out,” said Gail Mates, who was accompanying her granddaughter, Vivian Pull. “I welcome people to our town. I embrace it: it’s love, we need it.”

The Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games will continue in Niagara-on-the-Lake, with tennis matches at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Tennis Club going until Aug. 13. Following that, sailing events will take place at the Niagara-on -the-Lake Sailing Club from Aug. 17 to Aug. 20.

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