Posted: August 20, 2019
Date: August 8, 2019 For Release: Immediately
CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY MOVES TO FORMOSA!
Christmas in the Country, the largest interactive Christmas event in Grey and Bruce Counties will be moving to the Hamlet of Formosa this year!
“It’s something we’ve been talking about since the last year”, stated Ed Moric, Chair of the Saugeen Valley Conservation Foundation (SVCF). “This is a great opportunity for the future of the event and its continued growth”, he reported. “Sulphur Spring Conservation Area was a great venue, but we’ve outgrown that site considerably. “We were having to consider major investments in hydro, etc. Now, the event will have a new home with plenty of new and exciting prospects.”
Discussions have been ongoing between the Foundation and the interest groups in Formosa and the plan is to transform the entire hamlet into an old-fashioned Christmas venue. Each public facility will host its own Christmas activity and/or attraction. In addition, these areas are heated, providing additional comfort to the thousands of families and visitors who attend.
“We are hoping that we can duplicate the efforts made by the Foundation in providing a Christmas event, with plenty of traditional opportunities for families, near and far”, said Brian Knox, President of the Formosa Lions.
“Formosa’s unique nativity scene is a welcome addition to the event”, stated Moric. Joan Borho, Chair of the Formosa CWL, commented that "the members of the Catholic Women's League are excited to have our beautiful Nativity Scene surrounded by Christmas in the Country."
“The municipality is also very excited about this new development”, stated Bob Buckle, Mayor of the Municipality of South Bruce “and very pleased that the Foundation has considered the Village of Formosa as the new event venue”. Not only will it provide an additional tourism attraction for our area, but it will really compliment the quaint Hamlet of Formosa. We’re also pleased that this new endeavor will involve the input and involvement of all local committees and interest groups, helping to make this a real community affair.”
In the interest of other long-standing events within South Bruce, such as Hanging of the Green in Mildmay, it was the decision of everyone involved that Christmas in the Country be held on the first weekend in December (as opposed to the traditional last weekend in November). “We’ve given this considerable thought”, replied Buckle, and we’re confident that this new initiative will be a win-win situation for everyone involved”
As for the local Formosa groups and organizations, feedback has been very positive. “We’re looking forward to getting on with the planning at this point”, explained Carl Zettel, Past Chair of the Formosa Lions and past Director with the SVCA. “We have a lot to do and the Christmas elves are eager to get to work!”