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Thursday July 26th, 2012

Posted at 1:15pm

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The third annual Explore the Shore weekend is days away and takes place Saturday July 28th and Sunday July 29th along the scenic and historic County Road 50, on the north shore of Lake Erie, in the Town of Essex.

This year twenty-nine businesses, recreational facilities and community groups are participating, with five new participants this year. They are Farm Dogs Cycles with a bike rodeo, Ravine Cottages with tours of the Tin Can Tourists vintage trailers, historic Christ Church Colchester with tours and a delicious lunch, Communities in Bloom with their plans for a Peace Garden in Colchester, and a unique tour of the new North 42 Degrees Estate Winery.

On top of the new events, the returning participants are planning a full slate of activities and local products, including the opening of Oxley Estate Winery, live entertainment, wine tastings, fresh produce, pioneer crafts and activities, vineyard and orchard tours, artwork, gift shops, hair studio and florals.

You will be able to learn more about County Road 50 in the 1812 era by exploring the 1812 Scavenger Hunt, trying a musket ball putting competition at Oxley Beach Golf Course, cruising on a Tall Ship at Colchester Harbour, buying Chief Tecumseh tee-shirts, and reading a new tour book by local authors on the history of County Road 50. Enjoy our beaches, conservation areas, and especially the free Clubhouse Kidz Zone at the Colchester Beach and Harbour with games, crafts, treasure hunt, and sandcastle building contest.

You are encouraged to bring a canned good for the Harrow Food Bank. Activities run both days from 11am to 5pm.

For more information, check out their website.

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