Got any plans this weekend? If you’re a town crier, you may be joining colleagues from around the world at the 2013 World Invitational Town Crier Competition taking place August 1st through August 5th, 2013 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
The 2013 Competition will feature four days of active competition as criers compete for the coveted title of “World Town Crier Champion.” Tradition dictates that town criers 2013 marks the first year that the championships have taken place in Canada and the city of Kingston is thrilled to welcome criers and guests.
One such crier is Mark Molnar, the Town Crier for the City of St. Catharines in Ontario, Canada. Molnar, President at the Ontario Guild of Town Criers, Molnar was appointed as the Town Crier for the City of St. Catharines in 2004, and for the Town of Lincoln in 2007.
Active in competition over the years, Molnar most recently attended a World Invitational held in Chester, U.K. in 2010. He came in fourth place in Chester and is seeking the title in Kingston. Molnar has placed in many contests as well as won first place in a number of smaller town crier competitions.
Other town criers from the province of Ontario slated to compete including the Town Crier of Burlington, David Vollick. According to Inside Halton, there will be as many as 49 town criers from all over vying for the top spot.
Kingston, originally the first capital of Canada, is a city rich with history and at the gateway to the world famous Thousand Islands. It is home to the UNESCO World Heritage designated Rideau Canal and Kingston Fortifications.
The World Invitational Town Crier Competition is organized by the Downtown Kingston! Business Improvement Area, Tourism Kingston and the City of Kingston.
Photo credit: Mark Molnar