Hot summer fun in Spences Bridge

Spences Bridge gears up for Desert Daze, and celebrates local produce and businesses at the Farmers' Market

Spences Bridge may seem like a pretty sleepy town, a “blink and you miss it” type of placey for lots of folks who pass through. Nothing could be farther from the truth! Here in our little town we are gearing up for our fifth annual Desert Daze Festival, Aug. 8–9. It will be two days of music and workshops, shopping, and fun and games!

Our four main headliner bands this year are North Country Gentlemen and Magic Rooster Blues Band on the Friday night, and Terrence Jack and The Johnson Brothers on Saturday night. The afternoon schedule is filled with a huge variety of local and not so local talent, and something new this year is the entertaining Mill Girl Follies. These can-can dancers from Clinton will dance their hearts out!

It’s not all about the music, though; we like to celebrate the bounty that this sun-drenched country provides. We’ll have watermelon seed spitting and apple bobbing contests, pickling and tomato canning workshops, and vendors supplying the local produce they grow. You will also find fine jewellery, clothing, and crafts for sale. Vendors and volunteers are needed for this event; please go to the website at for details. Also check out our Facebook page and “like” it!

As if this wasn’t enough, the Spences Bridge Community Club is also hosting a Farmer’s/Flea Market every Sunday from 10:00 am–2:00 pm. This market features local produce, arts and crafts, locally roasted coffee, and secondhand treasures! Live music fills the air as folks mingle, socialize, and shop. There is a nice deck overlooking the river to sit out on and sip your coffee, and the market is indoors at the air-conditioned Clemes Hall.

The market concept was conceived with the idea of supporting all local businesses, and to that end all the fruit stands, restaurants, and motels, as well as the pub and the thrift store, offer a 10% discount on Sundays. You can do your Christmas shopping at the market, have a lovely lunch nearby, or even stay the night and take in all that Spences Bridge has to offer, such as swimming, biking, rafting, fishing, hiking, bird watching . . . the list goes on.

Anyone wishing to book a table (only $5.00!) call (250) 458-2489.


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