Blyth 140th anniversary's New Year's Eve event deemed a success - Jan. 11, 2018
BY DENNY SCOTT
The final event for the Blyth 140th committee – a special celebration held on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve day – was a huge success according to organizers.
The Blyth 140th Committee, a sub-committee of the Blyth Business Improvement Area (BIA), presented its final report on the event at the BIA’s Jan. 3 meeting.
“The event was outstanding,” committee chair Crystal Taylor said. “We had a great turnout.”
Taylor said the events of the day, which included a wacky hat contest, music provided by Brussels’ Adam Cousins, a Christmas tree burning, bonfire and a free skate at the arena, were well attended. She also said the Blyth Lions, which operated its food booth at the Blyth campground during the event, reported a successful turnout.
“The Lions said they didn’t care if they broke even, but I believe they did,” Taylor said. “They sold 15 dozen hot dogs by donation.”
Taylor said the dog sled race demonstrations were also well attended with more than 100 people watching one of the two hour-long events at the celebration.
Snowshoeing was also offered by the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA).
By far the best attended event was the fireworks, Taylor said, which brought out approximately 400 visitors.
Taylor reported the expenses for the events which included approximately $1,900 for the fireworks, prizes for the wacky hat competition, entertainment and insurance for the dog sled racing.
Due to fundraising through local sponsors, the event turned a profit, some of which will be donated to the Blyth Lions Club for ongoing projects at Blyth Lions Park.
Taylor, however, proposed several donations to parties involved in the celebration including $100 to the MVCA to help cover rental costs for the snowshoes, $100 each to the Blyth Firefighters Associations and Wingham Firefighters Association who helped with the Christmas tree burning and the fireworks and $50 to a charity of choice on behalf of Mike and Luke Siertsema who ran the dog sled demonstrations.
“The bulk of whatever is left should be donated to the Blyth Lions Club,” Taylor said, adding that the club was considering carrying on the tradition of the committee in creating an event near New Year’s Eve.