Thorndale 160th Birthday Celebration

On-going Bottle Drive!

Thank-you to those who have supported some of our fundraising efforts to date.
We would like to continue to receive your empty alcoholic beverage containers.
Please contact us to arrange for pick-up or drop off. 


volunteers needed

If you are interested in volunteering with this event, please contact Todd at 519-872-0939 or by email:

Winning logo design!

Congratulations to Tia from Creative License Design Studio!


event date: Saturday, July 29

Come Celebrate 160 years of Thorndale!
Event Details 
Free Admission
8am - noon: Start the Day of Celebrating at the Farmers' Market
                     - Market Vendors & Historical Scavenger Hunt
1-4pm: Thorndale Community Centre & Fairgrounds 
1-5pm: Vendor & Craft Fair in the Progress Building (on the Fairgrounds)
6-11pm: Beer Garden, Cornhole Tourney & Outdoor Concert (inside community centre if rain)
Admission for beer garden $15 in advance, $20 at door (if not sold out)
6:30 Family Movie Night at the Thorndale Library (space is limited)

main stage

1:00 Opening Ceremonies & honouring our seniors
Join the Thames Centre Community Choir in singing of O'Canada
July Loyalty Card Draw & a Special Earmark Welcome Mob Presentation
1:20 Celebrate Thorndale Volunteer Recognition Presentation
1:30 Live music by Bill Savage
2:15 Line Dancing Lessons
3:15 Buttertart Contest Winners Revealed
3:45 Thank-yous! 

Main Stage Sponsors:

community centre

12:30 Buttertart Competition Bakers drop off baking in Lions Den Meeting Room
Be sure to fill in the online form in advance!
1:00-4:00 History of Thorndale Video by Ellen M. 
Historical Photo Display by Women's Institute & Thorndale Library 
Senior Spotlight & Reminiscing Social
Photo "Booth" by: Photographers on ILT's Business Directory 
Video Memories by Dan Parker
Cupcakes, Buttertarts (supplied by I Love Thorndale)
Iced Tea, Lemonade & Water (supplied by Thorndale Women's Institute)
Mural Design (sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of London)
Evening: rain location for concert (put on by the Thorndale Ag Society)


8am-noon Farmers' Market with the Kinsmen serving breakfast 
           Historical Walk & Scavenger Hunt: get your card at the market in the morning!

1-4pm: Pick-up ball hockey (tennis courts). Bring your own stick
Mega Sling Shot (near tennis courts)
Expressions in Chalk (near poultry building)
Model Train Building open for visitors!
"Train" rides (around progress building. Hosted by the Masons)
Horse & Wagon Rides (near diamond 3)
Inflatable Obstacle Course (Hosted by the Optimist Club)
Inflatable Soccer Target Game (Hosted by the Lions Club)
Cotton Candy! (Hosted by the Lions)
2:30     Tug of War Demonstrations & Community Challenges


progress building

1:00-5:00pm: Vendor Fair (Pre-register with Jenny:
Helium "160" balloons for kids 
Cardboard Village & The Thorndale 160th Community Train (1)


8am-noon Kinsmen serving breakfast at the Farmers' Market
Food Truck Alley featuring: 
Sassy's scooping Shaw's Ice Cream
Big Daddy Bacon (1-11pm)
Cocoville (1-11pm)
Todd's Dogs(1-11pm)
Cotton Candy (Thorndale Lions Club

Evening: Admission Fees Apply

Come Celebrate 160 years of Thorndale!

Evening Events:
6:30 Free Family Movie at the Thorndale Library 
19 plus evening: 
Admission: $15 in advance or $20 at the door (if room permits)
5:00 Sound check. 
6:00 Beer tent opens, Line Dancing & Corn Hole Tournament (prizes to be won!)
7:30 Live Music. Opening band: Shawn Cowan band. 
8:45 Genevieve Fisher Concert. Online ticket sales or purchase at ACE Hardware. 

Watch for details on a couple of silent auction items coming soon!

Many volunteers will be needed. Please contact us for more information.

Buttertart Competition

Think you can make the best buttertarts in all the land?
We'll find out at the street party after local expert judges decide the winner!
Consider this a trial run for your entry in the 160th annual Thorndale Fall Fair. 

Fill out this form to register to be a baker, judge or to volunteer with this portion of the event

Buttertarts to be dropped off in the Lions Meeting Room inside the Thorndale Community Centre at 12:30 on the day of the event. 
Judges will judge the tarts at 2:00pm
Winners will be announced on the main stage at 3:15pm. 

Used Shoe Drop Off

Used soccer shoes will be accepted during the event. All shoes will be donated to impoverished communities in Costa Rica . Soccer shoes for the kids are one of the most treasured items (most kids in these communities may not even have shoes, let alone soccer shoes). 
Watch for the drop box in the community centre.