Celebrate the 45th annual Alliston Potato Festival, from Aug. 10-12, at the Festival Fairgrounds.

The festival will feature the annual parade, St. Johns Church potato-pancake breakfast, a car show, poker tournaments, bingo and zorb balls. Children’s activities include pony rides, a petting zoo and laser tag.

The parade begins at 7 p.m. on Aug. 10 at Banting Memorial High School and continues down Victoria Street. “The best one yet,” according to local Rotary Club organizers.

Live music, from noon to 1 a.m. on August 11, will showcase local bands Nickelbach, a Nickelback tribute band; Toronto rock band Flux440 and George Thorogood tribute band, Bad to the Bone. The afternoon of Aug. 12 will feature returning favourite, the Beeton Boomers. Other live entertainment includes performances by the Alliston Gymnastics Club, The Ultimutts and the MacMurchy School of Highland Dance.

This festival is a wonderful place to gather as a community and support local community groups says an annual festival attendee, Cathy Numen.

“Every festival is better than the last,” she said. “I love it.”

Everyone is welcome to enjoy attractions, contests, games, music and great food. Guests can also take a selfie with Mr. Potato.

Funds raised by the festival committee are used to contribute to local organizations such as Alliston Relay for Life, the Town of New Tecumseth, Alliston Royal Legion, South Simcoe Pioneer Museum, Alliston Memorial Arena, the annual Christmas parade and the Out of the Cold program.

The Festival Fairgrounds will open at 6 p.m. on Aug. 10 and 9 a.m. on Aug. 11 and 12. Daily admission is five dollars. Weekend passes are $10 and children, under 11 years of age, are free.

Visit allistonpotatofestival.com for more information.