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Hollerado and some family fun highlight U of G SummerFest event

Variety of family fun activities on Johnston Green June 24
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A youngster waits for his free ice cream cone to be scooped at last year's University of Guelph's SummerFest event. Tony Saxon/GuelphToday

Call it a summer party for the entire Guelph community. Next weekend, the University of Guelph will hold its second annual SummerFest on the Green.

The all-ages community event will take place Sunday, June 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Johnston Green at College Avenue East and Gordon Street. The event is free and open to everyone.

More than 4,000 people took part in last year’s inaugural event, and organizers expect to attract more visitors this year.

The event will feature live music by children’s performers Splash ’N Boots and indie rockers Hollerado. Also appearing will be Indigenous dancers and storytellers called White Pine Dancers, and rock cover band Brave and Crazy.

SummerFest will also feature food trucks, a beer garden and activity tents, including ice cream developed by food scientists, make-your-own planter boxes with blooms from U of G greenhouses and a visit with live birds of prey.

Bring your stuffed animals for a wellness check by student veterinarians, meet members of the Gryphon football team, create a clan necklace using traditional materials and Indigenous teachings, and explore the science of slime.

For more information, visit here.