Summer madness on Highland Street
By Angela Long
July 19, 2016
In just 10 more days, a little bit of madness will take over downtown Haliburton – Midnight Madness.
“It’s the busiest event of the year in downtown Haliburton,” says Echo publisher David Zilstra.
Sponsored by the Echo and the Haliburton BIA, the Friday, July 29 event promises everything from Dysart et al Fire Department’s famous Beef on a Bun to live music by Fifth Business and Gord Kidd and friends. Typically the busiest day of the year for downtown shops and restaurants, many offer specials to the festive crowds.
Walk down the middle of Highland Street, closed from Cedar Avenue to east of Highway 118 in front of Home Hardware, with hundreds of others. Enter the highest “ollie” contest. Marvel at Mighty Mike’s circus strongman feats. Grab your partner for a square dance. Decorate the street with sidewalk chalk art. You can even watch the Echo staff “go bananas” as they give away free banana splits in front of Foodland.
From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., the madness just doesn’t stop, and hasn’t for nearly 40 years.The Echo began Haliburton’s Midnight Madness tradition in the the ‘80s.
“I have people come up to me and say they’ve been going to this event since they were a kid,” says Zilstra. “And now they’re bringing their own kids. It’s inter-generational.”
Zilstra says it’s also the perfect place for cottagers and locals to come together, to chat on a street filled with the sound of music rather than traffic.
“It’s a great place to connect once a year,” says Zilstra.
Stay tuned for a Midnight Madness feature in the Tuesday, July 26 edition of the Echo, listing this year’s events and schedule.