Charity Picnic

The 23rd Annual Fred Eaglesmith Charity Picnic

Show Schedule


Washboard Hank @ 7:00pm

Brock Zeman @ 7:50pm

Murder Murder @ 8:40pm

Fred Eaglesmith @ 9:30pm


Uptown Dixieland Jazz Band @ 12:00pm

Rico @ 12:50pm

Mark Jungars @ 1:40pm

The Vaudevillian @ 2:30pm

Jay Pollman @ 3:20pm

PIE AUCTION @ 4:10pm

The Roger Marin Band @ 5:00pm

Birds of Bellwoods @ 7:10pm

Samantha Martin and The Delta Sugar @ 8:00pm

Tif Ginn @ 8:50pm

Fred Eaglesmith @ 9:40pm


Layrite Boys @ 11:40am

Tia McGraff @ 12:30pm

Bill Poss @ 1:20pm

Bill Durst @ 2:10pm


Mariachi Los Gallos @ 3:50pm

Snuffy Jenkins @ 4:40pm

Fred Eaglesmith @ 5:30pm

Schedule is subject to change without notice

Purchase Tickets

Weekend Music & Camping Pass
$115 in advance, $120 at the gate
Youth passes($80 in advance, $85 at the gate), Music only ($90 in advance, $95 at the gate) and Daily passes(Fri & Sun $35 advance, $40 at the gate and Sat $45 advance, $50 at the gate) also available
Children 13 and under are Free

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

The Family Shed folks will be back with their chip wagon. They will also be selling breakfast on Sat and Sun
morning and their annual BBQ ( $15 per person ) on Sat night.

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 19

9:30 Horse and Wagon Rides

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.

9:45ish – 10:00AM Wake up Parade with Washboard Hank

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 20

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

The Willie P. Bennet Run

February 15th 2017 marked 9 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 we’ve spoken to fondly remember Mr. Bennett’s shows here and across this country, some have only learned of him through these runs.

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 our 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.

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.

Operation Smile Charity

Operation Smile is an international medical charity that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities. It is one of the oldest and largest volunteer-based organizations dedicated to improving the health and lives of children worldwide through access to surgical care. Since 1982, Operation Smile has developed expertise in mobilizing volunteer medical teams to conduct surgical missions in resource-poor environments while adhering to the highest standards of care and safety. Operation Smile helps to fill the gap in providing access to safe, well-timed surgeries by partnering with hospitals, governments and ministries of health, training local medical personnel, and donating much-needed supplies and equipment to surgical sites around the world. Founded and based in Virginia, U.S., Operation Smile has extended its global reach to more than 60 countries, including Canada, through its network of credentialed surgeons, pediatricians, doctors, nurses, and student volunteers.

How you can help
A child’s cleft lip or cleft palate can be repaired for as little as $240 and in as few as 45 minutes, but your gift is more than a surgery. All supporters give renewed hope to children and families around the world. Operation smile has been a charity that Fred Eaglesmith has supported for the last 5 years. He has raised over $52,000 which has helped over 200 children. All proceeds from the pie auction on Saturday, August 19th go directly to Operation Smile. If you wish to donate privately aside from the auction, visit Mary at our merchandise booth. We accept cash, cheques and credit cards and tax receipts are available for you. Thank you for your time and donations!

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