August 17 ~ Errington’s 50th Annual Hi Neighbour Day

It was the summer of 1969.  Apollo 11 carried 3 astronauts to land on the moon. Nearly half a million people gathered in love and freedom at Woodstock. The Beatles played their last public performance. The Concorde jet had its first test flight, Pontiac introduced the Firebird Trans Am…

…and Errington celebrated it’s first Hi Neighbour Day!

The years have passed, the community continues to grow and change…but the tradition of Hi Neighbour Day lives on much as it did in the beginning.  It’s a celebration of friends, neighbours and community.  Come and celebrate with us on August 17th 2019!


8:00am – 10am

Served up by our fine Volunteer Fire Department – pancakes, sausages and all the trimmings. Bring the whole family, bring a friend…and meet our dedicated men and women in blue who volunteer to help us all. The best way to start a great Hi Neighbour Day! Newspaper clippings from 1969 tell that the Fire Department served breakfast back then on the very first Hi Neighbour Day!

8:00am – 3pm

In the Old Fire Hall, next to the Hall, come and have a look at creations in many forms, done by our local artisans. There’ll be paintings, sculptures, fabric art, photography,
posters – something for everyone. Drop in after your breakfast, or during the market, or after the parade… it is a quiet, cool place, in the midst of a busy day. Free admission.

If you’d like to display your work, contact Bob Herbison at (250)248-9810.

10 am – 1 pm

The Original Farmers Market in this area, now it its 46th year! In the Community Park across from the Hall – fresh produce, home baking, cut flowers, bedding plants, local art and crafts, great food, coffee, lunch, live music and lots of atmosphere.

Free Corn on the Cob will be served up by volunteers from the Hall Board. Always a great time to re-connect with old friends and new neighbours. Participants in Errington’s Youth Summer Music Camp will entertain on the Community Stage, followed by Robin Layne and the Rhythm Makers, our evening Dance band.  It’s free!

12:30 pm

The Biggest Little Parade around! The parade route will proceed down Memorial from Grafton and into the Market. Kids – decorate your bike, parade a pet – adults, community groups, or local businesses create a float and join in!
No need to register – just meet on Memorial Road next to the old school site before 12:30, ready to go.

1:00 pm

Held on the field, next to the Market – watch as wheeled zucchinis race down the steep ramp 4 at a time! Crashes are frequent and dramatic!

Buy or grow a zucchini, find some wheels, a driver, some cool decorations and become a racer. Prizes for kid and adult categories.

There will be a ‘Build a Racer’ workshop on Saturday, August 10th in the Market – get some tips, see what tools you’ll need. On race day, bring your racer to the inspection table by 12:00 noon. Race starts at 1:00pm. If you don’t come to race, come to watch!

3:00 pm

A look back at some of the highlights – the ‘Ms Errington’ contests, the Salmon Barbeques, the ‘Goods and Services Auctions’, the great Parade floats, and cute kids, – from humble beginnings around the table in the Hall kitchen in 1969 our own Errington Day survives and the tradition continues.

Look at the photos on the wall and the screen, have some tea, a piece of 50th Anniversary cake and share some memories with friends and neighbours.

8 pm

Celebrating our 50th annual Hi Neighbour Day, the Errington Hall presents award winning percussionistand composer Robin Layne and his band The Rhythm Makers.

The quintet is built around Robin’s energetic and virtuosic style on the concert marimba. Known for his collaborations with a wide spectrum of folk and world artists across Canada, including Locarno, Mazacote and Juno Award winners such as Quique Escamilla, Celso Machado, and the Paperboys, Robin’s passion for rhythm has led him around the world. He has toured in China, Europe, Mexico, the US and Canada and
pursued his studies in LA, Cuba, Mexico and West Africa.

This is an All-ages dance. Tickets $20 at Cranky Dog Music, Heaven on Earth, Errington Store.

Youth ages 6-12 $5.00 at the door, free under age 6.
Adults $22.50 online at


See you at Hi Neighbour Day!