ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Thanks for joining us for the 45th Annual Dunnville Mudcat Festival, which took place June 6th – 9th, 2019! This year’s theme was… ‘SUPERHEROES INVADE!’ We hope you had a great time with the family as the streets of Dunnville were inhabited by your favourite crime-fighting superheroes!
The very first Dunnville Mudcat Festival was put on 45 years ago in 1974. The Festival includes a parade, midway, strongman/strongwoman competition, street dance, Bavarian garden, live music, children’s entertainment, famous fireworks display and much more! The Mudcat Festival is named after Dunnville’s popular fish found in the waters of the Grand River. Dunnville has its own 50-foot Mudcat mascot, named “Muddy”, which many tourists love getting their photo taken with – especially since it is the largest Mudcat in Canada!
Over the past 45 festivals, the crowds have grown tremendously, with Dunnville now welcoming over 60,000 attendees over the weekend of festivities. The Mudcat Festival was voted one of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals in 2016 by Festivals & Events Ontario.
Saturday always draws in the largest crowds, with the parade held in the morning, various events hosted throughout the day (clubs, agencies, businesses, food stands and entertainment in Central Park, midway, competitions, etc.) and a massive fireworks display over the Grand River at dusk. This display, put on by Kerr Boom Pyrotechnics (Ontario’s #1 Pyrotechnician), is exceptional and an annual family favourite! Many of the parade floats also look forward to each year’s theme announcement in order to decorate their floats accordingly. Different attractions are added each year in order to entice tourists and locals to continue to come out and take part in the festivities. Dunnville’s quaint, small-town feel matched with the picturesque beauty of the town is also a huge appeal to visitors.
The town supports this event with an army of dedicated volunteers and the businesses who sponsor the festival. The Mudcat Festival would not be able to happen without this vital community support. Not only just for locals, this festival attracts many visitors from all over Ontario and even from across the border! Don’t miss out on the fun – be sure to round up the kids, connect with old friends and join us for the festivities next year!