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"!

Friday, November 19, 2021

Event Development (continued)

Preliminary Planning - Considerations

 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest – There is a large German population located here and holding an Oktoberfest celebration just made sense. Now thousands of people from all over the world enjoy this wonderful event. The area and its people held the “key” to the type of event that would be held and would be successful.

Kleinburg Binder Twine Festival – The original celebrations “began in the late 1800’s when farmers came to the community to buy twine to bind their sheaves of wheat together”. Somewhere along the way the tradition became lost. Then in 1967, Canada’s centennial year, the centennial committee revived the idea of the festival. It has now become one of central Ontario’s best fall events.

Smiths Falls Canal, Railway and Chocolate Festival – Until recently Hershey Chocolate played a big part in the lives of the citizens of Smiths Falls. So much so that they developed a festival featuring “chocolate”, the Chocolate and Railway Festival. Unfortunately, Hershey’s decided to leave the area and left the festival committee with some hard choices to make. Rather than give the festival up, the committee looked to see what other attractions were in the area. The obvious choice was the Rideau Canal. They started last year by renaming the event, the Canal, Railway and Chocolate Festival and placing a greater emphasis on events near and on the canal. This year the transition will continue. My point with this example is to show that even when one attraction disappears another will arise to take its place. Smiths Falls continues to attract people from all over eastern Ontario.

(To be continued)

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