Charity Picnic

The 22nd Annual Fred Eaglesmith Charity Picnic

Show Schedule


Washboard Hank @ 7:00pm

Fraser & Girard @ 7:50pm

Laura Cole Band @ 8:40pm

Fred Eaglesmith @ 9:30pm


Allen Family Reunion @ 12:30pm

Hairbrain @ 1:20pm

Murder Murder @ 2:10pm

Texas King @ 3:00pm

Grand River Ramblers @ 3:50pm

David Celia & Marla @ 4:30pm

Catl @ 7:00pm

Carolyn Mark @ 7:50pm

Tif Ginn @ 8:40pm

Fred Eaglesmith @ 9:40pm


Bill Passalaqua @ 11:40am

Justin Dunlop @ 12:30pm

Gordie Tentrees @ 1:20pm

Suzie Vinnick @ 2:10pm

Mississippi Bends @ 3:00pm

Snuffy Jenkins @ 3:50pm

The Vaudevillian @ 4:40pm

Fred Eaglesmith @ 5:30pm

Schedule is subject to change without notice

Purchase Tickets

Weekend Music & Camping Pass
$110 in advance, $115 at the gate
Youth passes($80), Music only($90) and Daily passes(Fri & Sun $40 and Sat $50) also available

All prices are per person and each person must have an appropriate music and camping pass. To purchase tickets by phone contact Mary at +​1-519-583-3878


Once again we will be at the lovely Springwater Park with its beautiful hardwood forest, pond for swimming and playground. Hot showers, flush toilettes and all the important amenities are all right there. Camping spaces are available for tents, trailer and even a big ol’ RV.

Address: 8079 Springwater Road, RR#5, Aylmer, Ontario N5H 2R4

Camping can be paid for as part of your ticket fee – all attendees wishing to remain in the park overnight must purchase camping passes. Any questions regarding camping at Springwater Park should be addressed directly to the park staff at: (519) 773-9037 or

Hopefully you find all of the info that you need on this site. If not contact Mary at or call 519-583-3878.

Weekend Activities

Saturday, Aug 20

9:30 Horse and Wagon Rides
New this year!
Children and adults can meet at the beach to enjoy a relaxing horse and wagon ride around the campground. This event will start at 9:30 and will continue throughout the day.

10:45ish – 11:30 Wake up Parade with Washboard Hank

10:00 – 12:00 Body Zorbs
Presented by Elephant thoughts. Body Zorbs are large inflatable balls that you slide into, so they fit above your knees and over your head. You can then crash and bump into other Body Zorb players. Body Zorbing allows you to run, walk, jump, flip, back roll and bounce into other Body Zorbs. As your legs are outside the Zorb you are free to move and do what your legs want to.

11:30 – 1:00 Tie Dying
Bring something white to tie dye (t-shirt, shorts, blanket, sweater, etc.) Springwater’s staff will provide t-shirts for purchase in case someone forgets their own

1:00-3:00 Paddle Boats & Canoes
Come to the beach area and take a paddle boat or canoe out for free

4:00 Stenciling
Meet at the South Pavilion to stencil your tie dyed shirt with a unique Fred Eaglesmith design.

Sunday, Aug 21

10:15 Wagon Ride
Children and adults can meet at the beach where a tractor and wagon will pick them up. The tractor and wagon ride will take them through Springwater’s beautiful forest

10:00 – 11:30 Activity Table
Presented by Elephant thoughts with Shrinky Dinks and UV beads and Giant Bubble staion. Create your own necklace, bracelet or key chain with shrinky dinks. Watch as the heat shrinks your designs to a 1/3 of its size and hardens to make your artwork everlasting. Add UV beads to your craft and watch how the ultraviolet rays change the color of the beads. Learn as you craft with Elephant Thoughts

The Willie P. Bennet Run

February 15th 2016 marked 8 years since we lost our beloved Willie P., and this year’s running of the Willie P. Bennett Memorial Hangover Run will be the eighth time that we have run through the Carolinian forest around Catfish Creek in his memory. Many of the participants I’ve spoken to fondly remember Mr. Bennett’s shows here and across this country, some have only learned of him through these runs.

To learn more about the man and hear some of his music, visit, a site created by a committee of friends to preserve his musical legacy. Wander through the campsites at night and you’ll hear some Willie P. tunes being sung and there is always a few renditions from the stage as well.

I made it up to the Garnet in Peterborough on Blue Valentine Day (Feb. 15) and had a great day singing Willie P. songs with Washboard Hank, Kenny Butterill, Pearly Jenkins, Clayton Yates, Pat Temple and a host of others.

There are two routes – the short one out to the platform on the boardwalk across the bog and back and the long one that circles around the whole pond and ends up at the bridge and the one that starts the same way into the forest and continues through the forest around the pond, past the sugar shack to the highway that bisects the park, over or under the bridge and back across the performance area to the back of the stage. The short route is about 1500 metres there and back and the long one is five to seven kilometres depending on your choice of path or navigational prowess in the deep dark woods. To the best of my knowledge everyone has made it back so far!

Willie loved this Picnic and these trails and somewhere around 4.5 kilos there’s a plaque telling you about the flying squirrel. Stop and say hello to the spirit of Willie P., it’s strong in these woods and in the music and friends that fill this park on Picnic weekends.

Elephant Thoughts Charity

Providing education to the poorest children at home and abroad

Elephant Thoughts is a registered Canadian charity, founded in 2002 by a group of teachers, principals and other professional educators built on principles of self-reliance and self-sustenance, a source of educational programs in the classroom and beyond, and a force for sustainable change in education both in Canada’s First Nations and in the developing world.

Elephant Thoughts currently works with schools in Ontario, in more than 70 First Nations and Inuit Communities across Canada, and in Nicaragua, Tanzania, Nepal, and India.

They will be providing fun and educational activities throughout the weekend! For more infomaton visit their website: