McGregor Music Fest organizers hope for new record in milestone year

 

The band “Jammin’ for Wellness” performs at the 25th annual McGregor Music Festival Sunday at Co-An Park. When the fundraising total is revealed in July, organizers want it to be higher than the $27,000 that was raised last year.

The band “Jammin’ for Wellness” performs at the 25th annual McGregor Music Festival Sunday at Co-An Park. When the fundraising total is revealed in July, organizers want it to be higher than the $27,000 that was raised last year.

By Ron Giofu

 

Organizers of the 25th annual McGregor Music Festival kept the event the same as in previous years but are hoping the final total will be higher.

The festival was held Sunday at Co-An Park in McGregor with nine bands on hand entertaining throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Windsor-Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation.

Sue LeClair, chair of the organizing committee, said her and the committee love presenting the event with some, like LeClair, doing it with no specific loved one in mind.

LeClair said she has lost relatives to cancer, but got involved simply to try and give local cancer patients the best care possible.

“It’s really trying to raise funds to have the top equipment available for people in Windsor and Essex County,” she said.

LeClair said the origins of the event started through the Knights of Columbus Hall in McGregor where a member lost a loved one and wanted to give back. It has grown over the years from three bands to nine with other aspects of the festival including auctions, raffles and a car show. Attendance for both the festival and the car show was slow to start due to Sunday’s weather, but LeClair was still aiming to have over 700 people there throughout the day.

“We’ve always had a pig auction,” she said. “That’s been our trademark.”

The final total of how much was raised will not be available until next month. LeClair said last year’s McGregor Music Festival raised a record $27,000 “and I want more.” All the proceeds stay in Windsor-Essex County, she added.

The 25th anniversary still saw local bands, she added, as they wanted local entertainers to play and didn’t bring in a headliner for the event.

“We’re keeping it simple,” she said.

Many fundraisers for the Windsor-Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation are held in Windsor with the McGregor Music Fest being one of the few held in the county.

“County people get to party too,” joked LeClair.

Bands at this year’s festival included C2C Entertainment, the County Connection Barber Shoppers, the Daniel Rush Band, Bad Moustache, Brand X, Lookin’ Back, Exit 31 and Rio Michaels & Friends.

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