The installation of the fountain at Lake Lisgar is a hallmark of spring in Tillsonburg.
“This is the 26th year for the fountain,” said Tillsonburg Kinsmen Club’s Pat Carroll, chair of the Kinsmen Fountaineers. “We first launched it in 1994… part of the Lake Lisgar Renaissance second phase, to give people something to see – to buy our (fundraising) Cash Calendars.”
Tillsonburg Kinsmen Club and volunteers have been installing the fountain – and removing it from Lake Lisgar in the fall – every year since, as well as cleaning and maintaining it. The fountain typically takes two hours of steam pressure washing to clean after its removal in the fall, and in the spring they disassemble lights, sandblast brass parts, and then reassemble and reseal it.
Saturday morning’s installation was completed in just over two hours, assisted by the use of Bram Drey’s crane to set it in the water, after overcoming some minor ballast difficulties.