Christmas in the Country moving to Formosa
By Jane Kent, Special to Postmedia
A new Halloween event called “Witches and Warlocks Ride” is coming to Hanover on Oct. 26. The event is being organized by the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority (SVCA), with proceeds going towards conservation efforts.
Shannon Wood, SVCA communications manager explained to Hanover council on Oct. 7 that they “wanted to bring something back to Hanover” after the difficult decision was made to no longer host the annual Christmas in the Country at the Sulphur Springs Conservation Area. The popular event, which
attracts thousands of visitors will now be held in the village of Formosa.
Wood explained that Christmas in the Country had “outgrown” Sulphur Springs. “We looked at expanding north into the wooded area, but we would have to run hydro back there and it’s swampy. The Children’s Safety Village also takes up a lot more room now,” she says.
In lieu, SVCA will host the Witches and Warlock Ride on Oct. 26, rain or shine. Participants are invited to don their Halloween best and walk, run or ride for 3km through Hanover. Registration begins at 1pm at Launch Pad and costs $25. After the ride, participants are invited to join the “Hex and Brew” at Launch
Pad for music, prizes and beer. Age of majority is required.
Wood says that the SVCA is already meeting with Town of Hanover staff “to partner and make it even bigger and better next year.”
Pledge sheets and details can be found at www.svca.on.ca or eventbrite.ca.