Gord Ball, Don Evans, Tim Lauer
This year, being the tenth anniversary of the festival moving back to Orillia, it was thought appropriate to honour the "three wise men" who made that happen.
The 2009 inductees into the Mariposa Hall of Fame are Tim Lauer, Don Evans, and Gord Ball the trio of folk aficionados who approached the Mariposa Board in Toronto to float the idea of bringing the festival back to its original home.
Then, once they’d done their successful selling job to the T.O folkies, these three threw themselves full bore into the project, and helped head the team of organizers who set up the festival at Tudhope Park. With their leadership, that group instituted many of the traditions and routines the organization follows to this day in order to bring off such a successful annual event.
This year we were pleased to honour these three marvelous contributors at the Festival. We did this because we wanted their many Mariposa and Orillia friends and supporters to have the opportunity to be present to help Gord, Don, and Tim celebrate this achievement. Congratulations gentlemen!