Petrolia will be buzzing with activity on Saturday, August 12, as Canada’s Victorian Oil Town celebrates the first ever Petrolia Day.
Petrolia Day represents the revival of older events such as the Town Picnic, the Old Boys Reunion, and Hard Oil Days, said Laurissa Ellsworth, Petrolia’s director of marketing and communications.
Some residents have told the Town they miss the old community gatherings, Ellsworth said.
“We thought we would bring something back and try to encompass many of the things involved in the previous celebrations.”
Petrolia Line will be closed from Centre Street to Greenfield Street, but all businesses are open and offering Petrolia Day deals.
The fun starts when the Farmer’s Market opens at 7:30 a.m. The Petrolia Heritage Committee will be on scene showing off local historic memorabilia and at 9 a.m., a time capsule will be buried in Victoria Park for a 50-year internment.
Ellsworth said the time capsule will include current and historic photos, council agendas, town marketing maps, and a book about the Petrolia Spur railroad.
From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., a Kids-Zone will take over Petrolia Line offering bouncy castles, sidewalk chalk, and the chance to tie-dye a t-shirt. Free swimming is offered at the Oil Heritage District Community Centre from 9 a.m. until noon and again from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.
A Moustache Contest is happening at 10 a.m. and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., local “celebrities” will be waiting to get wet at a dunk tank.
The debut moose race obstacle course starts at 11 a.m. and antlers are provided. Bed Races– a formerly annual event– are back in town for Petrolia Day and races start at 1 p.m. Teams of five will be pushing beds-turned-automobiles down Petrolia Line Flintstones style with no breaks or steering wheel.
The last bed race happened in 1982 or 1983, according to Ellsworth.
“People were telling us what a great time they had with it so we thought it would be fun to bring them back and have some of the previous winners participate and have some new blood as well,” she said.
Teams have already registered for the bed races and Ellsworth said teams are accepted until the races begin.
At 3:30 p.m., Petrolia invites you to break Bylaw 28-1990, which reads “hooting, whistling, or singing prohibited at all times,” in a whistling contest. The Town’s Bylaw officer will be one of the judges.
At 11 a.m., the Petrolia and North Enniskillen Fire Department will face off against the Wyoming Fire Department in a water ball battle at Bridgeview Park– a.k.a. The Flats. At 3 p.m., The Petrolia and North Enniskillen Fire Department and Town of Petrolia Staff are playing a game of two-pitch baseball at Kerr Park.
Heritage Heights Golf Course and the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia are offering special Petrolia Day deals.
“There’s something for everyone on Petrolia Day,” Ellsworth said.