Southampton Craft Show 50th anniversary a resounding success

Despite having to change venues from the Southampton Coliseum, undergoing repairs, to the Port Elgin Plex, the 50th annual Southampton Craft Show was an unqualified success with well over 1,000 people in attendance.

                           People lined up before the gates were open

More than 120 vendors, who came from far and wide, filled both inside the Plex and the grounds outside in what was perfect weather.

Former President & CEO of Bruce Power, Duncan Hawthorne    stopped by the Bruce Power booth – (L) Katie Stoner and                                         Courtney Lair

Most visitors spent the day shopping and paused to enjoy lunch upstairs in Rotary Hall, provided, by Harrigan’s 100 Mile Market of Southampton and served by the volunteers of the Catholic Women’s League from St. Joseph’s and St. Patrick’s parish.

No celebration is complete                          without  cake
(L) Maddy Dollard, Cathy Pryde (Prance owner) and Ann Marie Johnston

Southampton Craft Show was originally begun by the Women’s Institute in 1969 who, in turn, handed the reins over to PRANCE (Pegasus Riding Association Nurturing Challenged Equestrians) and it has become a major fundraiser for the facility.  Therapeutic Riding came to Ontario in the early 1960’s when three individuals introduced the benefits of riding and therapy – Dr. Elmer Butt of Windsor, Dr. Bauer and Dr. Renaud. It has now grown to over 40 centres in the Province of Ontario and, thanks to community support and a strong volunteer base, PRANCE has brought the joy of independent movement to many riders of all ages. (

    Women’s Institute Members – Trudy Schwass, Elaine Esplen, Carol                                    Sutherland, Karen Ribey and Wilda Lamont

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  Vendor Karen Ballok of Tiverton and Karen Ribey of the                                      Women’s Institute

This event is such a huge and important event for our community,” said Mayor Luke Charbonneau. “It’s indispensable as it brings so many people to our town and the whole community owes a huge debt of gratitude to Prance.  Congratulations on 50 years and we look forward to 50 more.”

“We want to thank everyone for coming out in support of Prance, the community and our many volunteers,” said Prance owner, Cathy Pryde.  “This year, being the 50th anniversary of the show was especially exciting and meaningful.”