No annual event has become more a part of the fabric of life in the Village of Kleinburg than the Binder Twine Festival – as all those who live at Impressions will soon discover if they haven’t already.
The fall festival got its start back in the late 1800′s when area farmers came to Kleinburg to purchase twine to bind their sheaves of wheat together. One of the founders was Charlie Shaw, owner of Shaw’s Hardware Store, who offered the visiting farmers food and entertainment right up until his death in 1931.
Over 30 years later, a small group of local business people revived the concept in 1967, as part of as Kleinburg’s centennial project. It was such a huge success that it quickly became an annual event once again.
On a chosen day in September, the festival offers unique crafts, great food and entertainment, and fun “Olde Tyme” activities for both kids and adults. Especially popular is the Binder Twine’s “Queen Contest” where eligible young (and not so young) women call a hog, flip pancakes, hammer nails, and try their hand at milking a cow. The newly crowned Binder Twine Queen then draws the winning ticket for the festival’s Quilt Raffle, as the first of her official duties that year.
Binder Twine brings together the entire community with a common goal, and in a spirit of cooperation and celebration that is just plain fun.
This year’s festival is on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 – from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m – at 8 Nashville Road in Kleinburg, and admission is free!