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     Many of you probably enjoy spending an afternoon or a day exploring some of the towns and villages in our area.  One of the places you may not thought of visiting is Durham.  It is an interesting valley town on Highway 6 and Grey Road 4 about 44 kilometers south of Owen Sound. It developed as a mill town around the Saugeen River in the 1850ís, but today is better known for its parks, McGowan Falls, Welbeck Sawmill and downtown buildings with murals by Alan Hilgendorf. There are also three manmade dams and a Conservation Area with campsites. It is an interesting spot to explore and enjoy any time during the summer but if you can arrange it, you may want to take in one of their annual events to make your trip even more interesting.

      The annual Herb Fair is held the second Saturday in June at the Old Town Hall Park.


      This is the time and place you can learn anything you would like to know about herbs and native flowers.  You can sniff, feel, taste and ask questions about the variety of herbs, flowers, vegetables, vines  and crafts displayed at all of the booths.  The crafts include: baskets, pots, garden sculptures, bird houses, and natural soap among other items. Folk singers provide background music as you explore the displays at the booths.  You will also find some herb related booths set up inside the Town Hall where there is also a reasonably priced lunch available including sandwiches, homemade pie and a beverage. A number of gardens in town are open for you to enjoy during the days of the fair.

      Their other major event is the Wood Expo held on the second weekend in August at the Welbeck Sawmill.  To get there take Highway 6 up the hill through the Upper Town and follow the signs.  The location is worth a visit even when the fair is not on.  Other events they sponsor or take part in are the Agricultural Fair in September, Autumn Leaves Studio Tour in October, and the Lighting of the Heritage Walkway Bridge in November.