by Emma Dufault
As I have spent my whole childhood in Windsor-Essex County, I have seen and learned a lot about what it’s like during the summer. This, in my opinion, is the ideal location for a summer vacation because of how distinctive small-town life makes it. Being from Belle River, I am aware that the enjoyable events only happen during the summer because the winter is so short. Everyone gathers outdoors in the summer for a season loaded with unique events. I want to make the most of this summer because it’s the final one I have before I graduate from high school. This is the final summer I will spend just having fun as a kid. Everything that happens here means so lot to me because I have lived here all of my life. It is easier to get involved in events during the summer because there are so many opportunities to explore the community around me.
A number of festivals and carnivals come to Windsor-Essex County over the summer to commemorate various groups of people, places, and municipalities. The Carousel of Nations Festival is one of my favourite events since it allows me to spend time with loved ones and learn about other people’s cultures and cuisines. It’s fantastic to be able to experience diverse sounds and flavours from around the globe, but it’s even better to be able to do so right in my own community. Belle River, where I had the honour to grow up and continue to live, has always hosted Sun Splash, a full weekend of outdoor recreation and exciting events. The carnival games and rides have always been a highlight, but my all-time favourite activity was watching the kids finishing derby with my grandfather when I was younger. As I’ve become older, it’s the activity I miss taking part in the most. In all honesty, the fairs are what make this town the finest in the summer, hands down. When I was a kid, I used to be taken to the Harrow fair every year to see all of the animals and all of the rides, and I had the time of my life.
Windsor-Essex County is the finest area to live in the summer because I can enjoy everything my town has to offer. It is really simple to understand why the summers here are so incredibly memorable, at least to me. Even when I become older and leave this place, I won’t ever forget the laughs and adventures I’ve had here. I spent my summers here in this area, and they were the happiest summers of my life. I will always cherish those memories. The Windsor-Essex County summers are a must-see for everyone at least once in their life. My time here has shaped me to be who I am today, and I am so very grateful for all I have been able to see and do.