The Event Organizers
Kempenfest is comprised of a number of local not-for-profit organizations and service clubs who join forces to create the amazing weekend you enjoy each year for the past 45 years. The weekend represents thousands of hours of volunteer planning and execution of the event. In the past 45 years, it is estimated that Kempenfest has helped raise over five million dollars for these local organizations.
The Kiwanis Club of Barrie
The Kiwanis Club of Barrie joined forces with the Barrie Art Club to create Kempenfest 45 years ago, and their work continues today. Today, the Kiwanis Club of Barrie works with the Art Club to act as the jurors for admitting artisans and crafters into the Huronia Festival of Arts and Crafts. The club also operates a food booth at Kempenfest. Funds raised at Kempenfest allow the club to continue their work and support of charitable causes.
The Barrie Art Club
The Barrie Art Club is one of the founding partners of Kempenfest, and their Huronia Festival of Arts & Crafts is for many, the heart of Kempenfest. With the funds raised by the show, the Barrie Art Club supports local artists through yearly scholarships to Georgian College, grants to the Barrie public library for purchase of art-related publications, donations to Simcoe County Museum, donations to the MacLaren Art Centre, art workshops, demonstrations, speakers and teachers and a host of free artistic learning sessions. The club also operates a volunteer-based gallery that is open to the public six days per week.
The Rotary Club of Barrie
The Rotary Club of Barrie is a long-time member of Kempenfest. Their role over the years has changed depending on the event’s needs. This year, they host the main entertainment stage and beer gardens on the South Shore. Profit from Kempenfest is used by the club to continue their work with Royal Victoria Hospital, YMCA, Food Bank, Christmas Cheer, Rotary Islands and the South Shore Centre.
The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka
The YMCA hosts a Children’s Village in Centennial Park (just north of Tiffin Launch) offering loads of activities for kids. All profits from the weekend are used to help families and children to participate in programs and activities to enhance their health and well-being.
The Optimist Club of Barrie
The Optimist Club of Barrie has been an active member of Kempenfest for many years. The club organizes the Optimist Antique Show featuring over 35 antique dealers. Funds raised through Kempenfest are used to support the club’s ongoing work with youth.
The Barrie Lions Club
The Barrie Lions Club joins forces with the Lioness Club to host a food booth during Kempenfest. A partner in Kempenfest since the beginning, the club’s fund-raising helps support many local charities and sports groups, building picnic shelters, ball diamonds and more.
The Barrie Chamber of Commerce
The Barrie Chamber of Commerce sits on the Kempenfest Board of Directors to provide insight and expertise in the local economy and the Kempenfest impact on the Barrie community – estimated to be over $5,000,000 in economic benefits.
The Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus operate a food booth at Kempenfest located in Centennial Park just north of the Tiffin Launch. Profits from Kempenfest are used to continue the organization’s support of those less fortunate in our community.
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