5 things to do this long weekend in Windsor-Essex
The long weekend is almost here and if you're not quite sure what to do the CBC's Mike Evens has dug up a few fun and interesting events happening in the Windsor and Essex County.
1. Sun Parlour Rodeo
It's the 13th annual Sun Parlour Rodeo this weekend.
People can enjoy bull riding, horse racing, mutton busting, cattle roping and rodeo clowns.
There's also an event called Bull Poker, it's the final event of the rodeo. Four cowboys set up a poker table in the middle of the bull ring, with four chairs and cards. Then a bull is released into the ring.
The rodeo clowns attract the bull to the group of men playing poker in hopes of the bull charging them. The last cowboy to stay at the table — or whats left of it — wins
It takes place Saturday and Sunday, from 6 p.m. both nights at a giant farm right off Highway 3, between Kingsville and Leamington.
2. Island Unplugged, Pelee Island Music Festival
With the weather looking like it's warming up, it will be the perfect time for a trip to Pelee Island and to take in Island Unplugged, a new music festival on the island.
The festival takes place Friday to Sunday night.
The headliner on Saturday night is Fred Eaglesmith. On Sunday, Harlan Pepper, Tara Watts, The Devin Cuddy Band are performing with the headliner being Great Lake Swimmers.
The Pelee Island Ferry will probably be packed, so be prepared to walk or bike onto the ferry, or car pool with a friend.
According to organizer, Rod Strickland, they are very close to being sold out.
There are a few tickets left, but people have to get them on the island at the Pelee Heritage Centre.
Strickland said the tickets are likely to be gone by Friday.
3. Military Heritage Days in Amherstburg
Fort Malden is having an event called Military Heritage Days, which is perfect for those with children.
Kids can dress up in some of the uniforms and march around in formation just like the real Red Coats did at Fort Malden 200 years ago. There's also going to be a battle of Lake Erie re-enactment, using water balloons.
They can check out over 2,000 years of military history from Ancient Romans to Red Coats.
There are also tanks, cannons and military encampments on display.
The event happens Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
4. Arab and Chaldean Festival
This event takes place across the River in Detroit's Hart Plaza. It's coined the largest Arab and Chaldean Festival in North America.
It's the event's 43rd year. Thousands of people are expected to attend.
It features Arab and Chaldean food, a fashion show, music, calligraphy displays, dancers and a kids zone.
It's goes on Saturday and Sunday at noon until midnight.
5. Optimist Club Soap Box Derby
This event is also great for the kids. They get to set up kit cars and race them.
The soap box drivers are all set to go, but it's a great spectator sport.
It takes place on Saturday at Malden Park also known as "the only hill in Essex County" from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Mike Evans feels it's his responsibility to make sure you have fun things to do on the weekend.
To hear his column and even more things to do, click the audio box at the top left.