Why an Interview,,,

Over the years we have been able to meet and talk with some very interesting people. They have shared with us their knowledge and have provided us with a great deal of insight as to how and why festivals and events work and why they are so important to our communities and to the Province of Ontario. With this in mind, we decided that we wanted you to meet and hear from some of the wonderful people who work so hard to provide us all with such wonderful Ontario Festivals and Events! We are pleased and proud to present "THE INSIDE SCOOP"!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Judy McWhirter
Buckhorn Community Centre

Celebrating 35 Years

"Challenges on the way to success"

"THE INSIDE SCOOP" continues speaking with Judy McWhirter, Manager of the Buckhorn Community Centre.

Leading back to Judy's role, planning the year's events at the Buckhorn Community Centre would be a great undertaking. Judy tells us ... "I know when our major events are always a year in advance and she is aware of when the holiday lands in most cases." This year is a special year for the BCC and the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival celebrating 35 years of success! She tells us that the initial event was created to raise money to pay off the mortgage. The SCOOP is that there are some of the challenges that the "visitors" do not see. Judy made me laugh when she said ... "Rules and Regulations that even I have to follow".

Sadly though, she reports the demise of one event (Fiesta Buckhorn) which was a sad loss. From the BCC website . "It is with great regret that the Buckhorn Community Centre Board of Directors announces that after 16 years Fiesta Buckhorn has been cancelled. This decision was made due to the enforcement of the Liquor License Act regulations pertaining to not-for-profit fundraisers held under a Special Occasion Permit or an existing Liquor License. We will continue to monitor the rules and regulations of the Liquor License Act and should updates be made to it that allow us to return to the original 16 year old format we may revisit this situation. We thank all our exhibitors, volunteers and visitors to Fiesta Buckhorn for your support and attendance over the 16 years."

So how does a festival/event overcome some of thee challenges? Ms. McWhirter states ... "Complain? ... Lobby our politicians for helping network with other events with what they are doing".
 (To Be Continued)

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