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Goderich hosts first annual Salt and Harvest Festival

Goderich hosts first annual Salt and Harvest Festival

Kathleen Smith

Originally appeared in the Sept. 1 digital edition of the Goderich Sun. A correction has been made:

On Sept. 15-17 Goderich Tourism and Royal LePage Heartland Realty are teaming up to host the Goderich Salt and Harvest Festival in downtown Goderich.

Along Highway 21, locals and visitors alike have driven by a more than eight feet tall salt cairn, which guards the entrance to North Harbour Road. This beacon signals the entrance to the largest salt mine in the world, right in Goderich.

This unique world wonder sits 1,800 feet below the ground level, sprawling out under Lake Huron, creating a massive network that is physically larger than the Town of Goderich.

The Goderich Salt Mine is an engineering feat, which goes widely unnoticed above ground.

This year, Goderich Tourism has big plans to celebrate the world’s largest naturally occurring ‘salted’ tourist attraction over the weekend of Sept. 15-17.

The focal point of the weekend will be Saturday, Sept. 16 with concerts, food, fun and tours taking place across town. Headlining the Compass Mineral Concert on the Courthouse performance stage will be Coleman Hell. The band Tell It To Sweeney will open.

The Salty Basin Beer Garden will be open throughout the day for folks to talk a break between inflatables, petting zoo, car show, Salted Vendor’s Market, food truck alley, harbour boat tours, and hop-on, hop-off bus tours.

For one weekend a year Lake Huron and Goderich are no longer freshwater destinations but instead salted to taste. For tickets head to www.SaltedGoderich.ca to get a schedule of events and to book tickets for the concerts, bus tours and boat tours. Tickets are also available on site at the festival.

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