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July 29th, 2022
July 31st, 2022
6:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Owen Sound's 160th Emancipation Festival

Speaker's Corner at Grey Roots

The Emancipation Festival, in partnership with Grey Roots Museum & Archives, invites you to a Speaker’s Corner event on Friday, July 29, 6-9 PM to celebrate 160 years of the longest continuous festival in North America.

Opening remarks: Jeff Smith, Chair of the Emancipation Festival and Mayor Ian Boddy

Guest speakers: Diana Braithwaite and Kathy Grant

Entertainment: Bobby Dean Blackburn and Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley

Appetizers and refreshments will be provided. Space is limited. Admission fee is $20 in advance. Tickets must be purchased through the Emancipation Festival and will not be sold at the Grey Roots front desk.

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Gospel Sunday at Grey Roots

Gospel Sunday is a beautiful tradition of the Emancipation Festival, which we are thrilled to once again host in Moreston Heritage Village.
Join us on Sunday, July 31, from 12-3 PM for a memorable afternoon of gospel in a picturesque setting.

Blessing by Valerie Tillman

Entertainment by: Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley and Liberty Silver with Eddie Bullen.

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