The Annual Fred Eaglesmith Charity Picnic

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

Food will be available on site. We’ll be having a few Food Trucks in offering various foods including waffles, coffee & grill cheese
sandwiches. There will be no BBQ on the Sat night this year.

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


Friday August 14
Washboard Hank 7:00 pm
7:50 pm
8:40 pm
Fred Eaglesmith 9:30 pm
Saturday August 15
Uptown Dixieland Band 12:00 pm
Layrite Boys 12:50 pm
Tia McGraff 1:40 pm
2:30 pm
Roger Marin Band 3:20 pm
Pie Auction 4:10 pm
Suzie Vinnick Trio 5:00 pm
Jane's Party 7:10 pm
8:00 pm
Tif Ginn 8:50 pm
Fred Eaglesmith 9:40 pm
Sunday August 16
12:30 pm
1:20 pm
Bill Poss 2:10 pm
Pickle Contest 3:00 pm
Mariachi Los Gallos 3:50 pm
4:40 pm
Fred Eaglesmith 5:30 pm

Schedule is subject to change


Wake up with Washboard Hank 9:45 am - 10:00 pm
Tie Dying 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Kayaks & Canoes 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wagon Ride

Willie P. Bennett Run

February 15th 2020 marked 12 years since we lost our beloved Willie P., and this year’s running of the Willie P. Bennett Memorial Hangover Run will be the tenth 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

About the 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, paediatricians, 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 18th 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!

For more information visit their website.