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Hundreds of volunteers preparing for ‘homecoming’ events

BROOKFIELD – For 18 summers Marian McDonald has been paying  special tribute to Brookfield.

She is one of hundreds of people who volunteer to help organize countless activities to bring Coming Home to Brookfield to the area. The event, in its 19th year, will take place from July 19 to 27.

“It brings people together. Where ever your community is, it’s like your foundation and this draws in people who might not have been involved otherwise and it gives them a sense of inclusion,” said McDonald, who is on the co-ordinating committee. “People plan their vacations around this and that says it’s important to people.”

And the fact between 300 and 400 volunteers offer their time, efforts and talent to bring homecoming events to the area is another indication of how Brookfielders cherish their community.

Some popular events throughout the week are the whing ding, boat tours, amazing race, kids events, horse stable visit, family movie night, a concert and worship services. Another highlight is the kickoff parade at 10:30 a.m. on July 19 that goes from the train station to the Don Henderson Sportsplex.

McDonald also appreciates that most of the activities are free of charge, which “enables everyone” to attend, she said.

Pat McCallum is one of about six new members on the co-ordinating committee. The lifelong Brookfield resident said she appreciates   homecoming has grown in activities and with “so many events it’s hard to do unless you have more people involved.”

McCallum said getting involved, as a volunteer or participant, is important because it re-enforces the message that the community is “a good place to bring up families” and it’s encouraging to see all generations appreciate what Brookfield has to offer.

For eight-year-old Alexa Roop, she has been attending the homecoming for a few years and this year she is excited to take on extra volunteering positions.

“It’s always fun … I want to help when I get older too,” said Alexa.

The youngster especially enjoys going in the parade, helping with promotion posters and the whing ding and enjoying the waterslides.

The homecoming events are open to everyone, including residents from other communities.

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BROOKFIELD - The following are some of the highlights of Coming Home to Brookfield. For a full slate of events, log onto and click on calendar of events 2014.

Saturday, July 19:

10:30 a.m. – Parade at the train station to the sportsplex

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Farmers’ market at the curling rink

2 p.m. – Soap box derby at the elementary school

7 p.m. – Brookfield sings Canada’s best at the high school cafetorium

Sunday, July 20:

Worship services – Brookfield Baptist Church (10 a.m.) and at Shortts Lake (11:15 a.m.)

12:30 p.m. – Antique car show

5 p.m. – Shortts Lake boat tours

6 p.m. – Amzing race at the sportsplex

Monday, July 21:

10 a.m. - Kids, youth sports

7:15 p.m. – Historic walking tour; meet at the fire hall

Tuesday, July 22:

6:45 p.m. – Dedication of cornerstone and unveiling at the fire hall

8 p.m. – Bonfire at the Shortts Lake dam

Wednesday, July 23:

9 a.m. and 2 p.m. – Tour gardens. Meet at 41 Upper Brookfield Rd.

7 p.m. – Coffee house at the Baptist church gym

Thursday, July 24:

9 a.m. – Chuckerball

6 p.m. – Golf scramble at the golf club

8 p.m. – Family movie night at the fire hall

Friday, July 25:

2 p.m. – Tea celebrating youth at the Baptist church

7 p.m. – Whing ding

Saturday, July 26:

9 a.m. – Five km fun run; meet at the high school

10 a.m. – Remote airplane demonstration at the high school soccer field

2:30 p.m. – Sail boat regatta at Shortts Lake

7 p.m. – Whing ding at the sportsplex parking lot

Sunday, July 27:

10 and 11:30 a.m. – Worship services at Brookfield Baptist and the Carter homestead. Followed by homecoming closing entertainment

2:30 p.m. – Sailboat regatta on Shortts Lake

Organizations: Brookfield Baptist Church, Coffee house

Geographic location: Upper Brookfield, Shortts Lake, Canada

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