Hillier’s annual community celebration returns Saturday

A pair of young visitors check out an iguana during Hillier Park Day back in 2016. (Chad Ibbotson/Gazette staff)




Another Hillier Park Day is just around the corner.

This Saturday, Aug. 18 at Jack Taylor Park the Hillier recreation committee will be offering a host of free games and activities for families. The annual celebration of the park, located at 65 Station Road, will kick off at 11 a.m. and run until 3 p.m.

Recreation committee member Jeff Connell said it will be a great day of fun and games for the whole family and that begins with the return of the Strong Men and the Hillier Highlander Challenge. Connell said the highlander challenge was a huge success last year and the Strong Men got the kids involved in the show in addition to conducting their own competitions.

“It’s a lot of fun watching them do what they do and it’s also a lot of fun for the kids who are able to participate,” he said.

While Connell said the highlander challenge will be the main event, there will be plenty more to do.

“There will be a whole set of games which are geared for the kids,” said Connell.

This year’s celebration will include horse-drawn wagon rides, a petting zoo, face painting, and the dunk tank. Prince Edward County Fire & Rescue’s new 100-foot ladder truck will also be on site and will give visitors a chance to check out the department’s apparatus up close.

For the Hillier recreation committee, Connell said, Hillier Park Day is a celebration of several things.

“It’s a celebration of Jack Taylor Park, it’s a chance for the community to come together on a beautiful Saturday in the summer, and it’s just a way to enjoy the summer in Hillier,” he said. “It’s going to be a beautiful Saturday, it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

The event and games are being offered for free while food and beverages will be available for purchase.