Kincardine Reunion committee prepares to unveil theme, logo


By Barb McKay


The Kincardine Old Boys and Old Girls committee is working on efforts to promote the 2018 event and will announce the winner of the Reunion logo contest next month.


Co-chairs Jennifer Cook and Dave Patterson were at last Wednesday’s Municipality of Kincardine council meeting to give an update on event planning and ask for funding. The committee asked for a $20,000 loan, which will be repaid following the Reunion, and a $20,000 community grant. The money will be used to pay for insurance, promotional material and the Reunion website, security during the event and seed money for three fundraising events.


“The committee from the 2008 Kincardine Old Boys Reunion estimated 30,000 people would attend the Reunion weekend and produce a massive economic spin-off for tourism in Kincardine and the surrounding area,” Cook said. “The 2018 committee is confident those numbers will be achieved for the 2018 event.”


Proceeds totalling $20,000 from the last Reunion were donated to the Walker House, Kincardine Pavilion, Kincardine Legion and minor sports organizations and the 2018 committee plans to donate proceeds from this Reunion back to non-profit organizations in the community.


“My father was alive at the last Reunion and went everywhere on his scooter,” said mayor Anne Eadie. “He said it was the best party he had ever been to. I congratulate you for taking this on.”


Councillor Gord Campbell asked if the committee will include a shirttail parade.


“If we have anything to do with it,” Patterson said. “Our hope is we can do something safely and in an organized fashion that everyone can enjoy.”


The municipality will provide the committee with a loan this year and allocate a community grant in 2017.


The Reunion committee plans to hold an event at the new Marriott hotel later in June to unveil the new Reunion logo.