The 50th Annual Unionville Festival went off without a hitch from May 30 – June 2, with over 50,000 people attending from near and far. Everything kicked off with a parade featuring Mayor Frank Scarpitti; Deputy Mayor, Don Hamilton, Ward 3 Councillor, Reid McAlpine (pictured in gallery), and Canadian media treasure and celebrated local resident, Lloyd Robertson.

Attendees applauded organizers for holding a pet-friendly event with an array of booths and trucks offering information, activities and a wide variety of tasty treats.

The community fitness activities provided by Be Fit Unionville, the brainchild of local community leader Shanta Sundarason, were no exception. Kids and families alike were given a hub to to have fun and Be Fit without paying a dime.

Local organzations like Unity Volleyball and Pro Sports Management came together under the Be Fit umbrella to offer free volleyball lessons, and rally’s. Also on the roster were free Archery, Bubble Soccer and Hungry Hippo games and lessons.

Yoga with Bree was supported in part by Lululemon Markville who provided yoga mats for attendees to use at no charge.

Be Fit Unionville is, according to organizer and festival committee member, Sundarason, “aimed at encouraging a healthy lifestyle, community bonding, and awareness.”

Various sports and fitness regimens were hosted into 12-hourly slots in the jam-packed at the Millennium Bandstand.

Sundarason worked hard, together with her team of volunteers, to ensure there was something for everyone in their fitness zone. It was a day to be remembered pulling in approximately 10,000 of the 50,000 visitors from within the entire festival.

The excitement of the second and final day of the festival enjoyed a “wonderful ending” with Afternoon Jazz and dragon and lion dance show.

Shanta is also the founder of The Giving Tree Unionville described on Facebook as “a group of youth dedicated to helping local causes within our community as well as internationally.”

(Feature image: Be Fit organizer, Shanta Sundarason with her husband and fellow Unionville Festival Committee member, Masood Mohajer, photo credit: Martin Kwok)