This year's carnival followed some road construction in UpTown Waterloo so the over 300 stores and services were welcoming the four days of frivolity from August 21st to 24th. As always, the carnival kicked off with the Community BBQ and Opening Ceremonies on Thursday evening. But once again, a Busker Fringe Festival preceded it at 3pm where community amateur performers could compete for prizes and a spot on the street.
New for this year, Habit for Humanity Waterloo Region held "Cornfest" from 4pm to 9pm on Friday and Saturday while the Hunt for Health Group held a "Where is Welldo?" draw on Saturday from Noon to 9pm. Participants were asked to locate the three Welldos, collect 2 stamps from each, and enter the draw for various prizes.
Saturday featured the Late Night Adult Show and of course, Sunday ended the carnival with the Family Vaudeville Show.
Barto, Boischatel, Quebec - comedy, contortion
Rachelle Elie, Toronto - comedy
Green Fools, Calgary - comedy, dragon puppet, stilt walking
Jeff Hill, Toronto - escape, fire show
Hilby, Ithaca NY - juggling, unicycling, unsupported ladder
Junkyard Symphony, Ottawa - music on everything including the kitchen sink
Klassic Komedy Troupe, Hamilton - comedy, theatre, historic figures
Magic in Motion, Waterloo - mime, comedy, magic, escape, balloons
Master Lee, New York City - comedy, martial arts
Miss Take, Quebec - puppetry, juggling, comedy, magic
Pucara, Montreal - Argentine dance
Lee Ross, Colorado - mime, comedy
Mark Segal, Glasgow, Scotland - comedy
Sheree Vickers, London, England - comedy
Young Raoul, Winnipeg - clowning, comedy
Special Note: For the first time, a Busker Buddy Club was started. It included a newsletter with insider information on carnival gossip and entertainment as well as prizes and discounts on "cool stuff". All this for just $15.