Markdale, Ontario, Canada
Markdale is known as the "Hub of Grey County". One of the village's biggest annual events, the Markdale Ice Cream Festival, ceased operations following the 2008 event.
The late summer of 2009 saw two tragic events hit the pretty village in Centre Grey. A tornado damaged land and property in late August, then a spectacular fire decimated a local ice cream production plant in early September.
Two longtime annual events, both sponsored by the local Rotary Club, have since captured the spotlight: The Markdale Street Frolic, occurring the second Friday of each July and the Mountain Top Jamboree, happening over a weekend in late August.