McGregor Music Festival enjoys its 23rd year of success


By Chase Ferguson

Sunny weather and lots of live music helped make the 23rd Annual McGregor Music Festival another successful fundraiser for those fighting cancer.

The event, held Sunday in Co-An Park, featured a pig auction and car show on top of performances by nine bands.

Bad Mustache, Barbershop Quartet, Bluegrass Shadows, Brand X Live, C2C, Crystal Gage, Exit 31, and Looking Back provided the live entertainment.

People of all ages gathered to enjoy the auction, food, cash bar and music which had many people dancing in front of the stage.

The outside of Co-An Park was lined with classic cars and motorcycles showed off by their enthusiastic owners.


Exit 31 performs at the McGregor Music Festival Sunday at Co-An Park

Sue LeClair, who has been organizing the McGregor Music Festival since its inception, was very pleased with how the day turned out.

“We are very happy with the turn out and the weather has just been awesome,” LeClair said in an interview.

LeClair said this year’s attendance was above average at about 550 people and that the event expects to raise about $27,000.

The festival benefits the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre Foundation which seeks to provide the best cancer fighting resources to those fighting the disease in Essex County.

This year’s proceeds will go towards the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, which helps to detect prostate cancer earlier in men.  The equipment allows doctors to be more accurate when operating on men with prostate cancer.

LeClair said over the years the event has become a staple of the Foundation’s fundraising efforts and draws people from all over the county.

The success of the fundraiser was illustrated when $1000 was raised in just a few minutes from a raffle of door prizes.

LeClair noted that the festival remains important to those who attend because everyone has been affected by cancer.

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