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Ford Fest draws crowd - and scrutiny - to Scarborough park - 2014-07-25

F94.png Ford Fest draws crowd - and scrutiny - to Scarborough park July 25, 2014, Betsy Powell, Toronto Star

Despite a city policy banning politicking on municipal property during an election campaign, Ford Fest went ahead in Thomson Memorial Park in Scarborough on Friday night. While some residents were upset that the city issued a permit, it mattered little to the thousands of people who turned out for free burgers, pop, and a chance to meet Toronto's world famous mayor, Rob Ford. "He cares about taxpayers and the middle class — and gives out free burgers," said Anne Marie Williams, a stay-at-home mom clutching a Ford Nation flag.

Mayor Rob Ford held his annual Ford Fest in Thomson Memorial Park. Here are some of the highlights from the day.

"He's down to earth. I like the guy," said Delroy David, one of the only people in the park wearing a suit. "He took a big step by putting himself in rehab. I pray he keeps it up." Five thousands flags were scooped up in no time, said a Ford aide, estimating 12,000 attended. Such numbers are hard to confirm but the mayor's well-wishers were never hard to find. "He might have an addiction, I have an addiction, but he's admitted it," another woman shouted to anyone within earshot.

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{{cite news | first = Betsy | last = Powell | title = Ford Fest draws crowd - and scrutiny - to Scarborough park | url = https://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall/2014/07/25/live_city_hall_reporters_betsy_powell_and_jennifer_pagliaro_at_ford_fest.html | work = Toronto Star | date = July 25, 2014 | accessdate = May 4, 2019 }}