North Huron Council praises Festival of Wizardry - Oct. 26, 2017
BY DENNY SCOTT
North Huron Township Council was very impressed with the Transfigured Town’s Festival of Wizardry hosted in Blyth earlier this month.
During a verbal report at council’s Oct. 16 meeting, Reeve Neil Vincent said that Huron County weather proved itself to be a formidable opponent for events when it resulted in cancellation of the second half of the two-day event. Despite that, however, he said the event was successful in his eyes.
“I would speak from the dinner theatre on Friday night... that I found it very interesting,” he said.
Vincent lauded the organizing group’s choice in entertainment and said that, in talking to the people at his table, he found a very wide geographic area represented, including two young women who sat beside him and his wife who were from the Greater Toronto Area.
“This was their first road trip outside of the GTA,” he said. “They were surprised at how quickly they arrived in Blyth.”
Vincent explained the duo had planned for hours of extra traffic, assuming the highways outside of the GTA would be similar to traffic inside Ontario’s most populous urban centre.
The two made the trip in two hours, which surprised them according to Vincent. He said those experiences will leave a lasting legacy with visitors, proving that, just a couple hours away, there are activities and events like the Festival of Wizardry.
Vincent thanked staff for their efforts in working with the Transfigured Town organizers.
“We likely had people here that would have never come for any other reason,” he said, adding another thank you for the preparation of the facilities for the event.
Councillor Bill Knott said it was one of the best-run events he had ever experienced.
“It worked out very well and was an excellent program,” he said.
Knott said he believed there were more people on Queen Street in Blyth on Saturday than the last five years of the annual reunion of the Huron Pioneer Thresher and Hobby Association combined.
He also spoke to the dinner, saying the people sitting around him came from Montreal, Calgary, Stoney Creek and Niagara Falls.
“These people travelled far more than an hour or two to be here,” he said.
Knott went on to comment that, from what he gathered, trying to find accommodations was the only complication.
Finally, Knott moved to have a letter drafted to congratulate Transfigured Town Inc. on the way the organization handled the event and how their staff and volunteers conducted themselves, adding it was “very well done.”