Norwich was a happening village this past weekend with a lot of events and activities that took place on Friday and Saturday July 4th and 5th. Numerous venders lined both sides of Main Street to showcase and sell their wares at the annual Norwich Nostalgia Days. Other events included the Youth Fishing Derby, Morning Brunch at the Norwich Legion, the Optimist Splash Pad, the Classic Car Show, Shoot for the Cure Ball Hockey Tourney & Vendor Sale and Rock in the Park.
Participants and spectators alike lined both sides of the east and west banks of the Norwich Conservation Area at the Long Point Conservation Authority. According to OPP Constable Stacy Culbert who has helped run this annual event for five years, that weekend is “free fishing where adults do not need to purchase a fishing licence. Licence-Free Fishing Days occur twice a year from February 15th to 17th and from July 5th to 13th.” Anyone from eighteen years to sixty-four needs a licence to fish in Ontario. As a result, many parents and friends accompanied the children to take advantage of the free fishing.
It was family affair for the Burggraaf Family. Father Rene brought his five children with whom three registered for the Derby; ten year old Lydia participated last year, first timers were eight year old Melissa and six year old Peter. Five year old Emily and two year old Stephen came to watch their siblings fish.
It was a fun filled packed day with beautiful weather and lots of good memories for many families who participated.
(Parents' consent and approval was obtained to photograph their children.)