KAWARTHA LAKES-The Lindsay Exhibition grounds with be transformed into a drive-thru festival of lights called the “Merry and Bright Festival” in December.
It is a joint fundraiser for the Lindsay Agricultural Society, the Kawartha Lakes United Way, Kawartha Food Source, Lindsay Lions, the Lindsay and District Curling Club, and Heritage Christian School hosted by the The Lindsay Agricultural Society (LAS) and the 2021 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM)
Businesses, community groups, farms, and individual community members are invited to set up a light display at the LEX Grounds. Entries can range from a traditional parade float, to farm machinery decked out with Christmas lights, to any idea that celebrates the theme “Christmas on the Farm” and is illuminated. The festival will conclude with a pyromusical fireworks show on New Year’s Eve.
“If you would have normally put a float in the Santa Clause Parade or have always wanted to participate in a tractor parade of lights, this is your opportunity to show off your creativity. You could potentially win some prizes, and support a number of great local organizations while creating a bright spot for the community – all in a COVID safe manner,” commented Harry Stoddart, GM of the LEX.
“The LEX Grounds have the space, the electrical hook-ups, and the roads to create a safe event while providing a ‘lit’ experience for families,” said Len Dawson, President of the LAS.
“This is an opportunity to create some fun for the community whether you enter a display, or drive-through to experience the creativity of your neighbours,” remarked Candace Buckley, Chair of the LAS Organizing Committee. “Let’s finish 2020 by creating a positive memory for the community.”
“Christmas is a time of hope,” said Sheila Marshall, President of the Ontario Plowmen’s Association. “We invite you and your family to enjoy the magic and joy to be found at The Merry & Bright Festival….and return to experience the IPM in October 2021.”
“Through the generosity of the Ontario Government’s Celebrate Ontario grant programme, the IPM is proud to partner in this great opportunity to showcase the IPM 2021 and the host community. “Christmas On The Farm” will light the way for a memorable event to be held at the LEX and surrounding farms in October 2021. We want to highlight agriculture, rural living and the success of Kawartha Lakes through plowing competitions, Queen of the Furrow competition, displays, education and entertainment — now and in October,” said Cathy Lasby, Executive Director of the Ontario Plowmen’s Association.
Visit lindsayex.com to learn more about entering the festival and to buy tickets. Tickets must be purchased online and in advance.