Lindsay Agricultural Society strives to keep the holidays Merry & Bright once again

The Merry & Bright Festival returns to the grounds of the Lindsay Exhibition for a two-week run with exhibitions inspired by this year’s theme, Favorite Christmas Movie. Once again, funds raised at the event will help support local organizations.
  • The Merry & Bright Festival returns to the grounds of the Lindsay Exhibition for a two-week run with exhibitions inspired by this year's theme, Favorite Christmas Movie.  Once again, funds raised at the event will help support local organizations.

The holidays are alive and kicking – and shining brightly – once again on the grounds of the Lindsay show.

The Lindsay Agricultural Society is pleased to announce that the 2021 Merry & Bright Festival is now open and looks forward to welcoming visitors of all ages. The event was developed last year in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the ability of local groups to organize traditional fundraising events.

The Drive-In Lights Festival, which runs nightly Dec. 9-12 and Dec. 16-23 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., is a joint fundraiser for the company, the Kawartha Food Source, the Lindsay Lions Club, Lindsay and District Curling Club, Heritage Christian School and United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Businesses, community groups, farms and community members worked hard to bring their light displays to life on the show grounds. The theme of the exhibit this year is Favorite Christmas Film and visitors are sure to be impressed by the creativity and effort that is evident in the more than 30 exhibits that will light up the grounds during the two weeks of the festival, including a ” visit” with Father Christmas and Mrs. Christmas.

As an added special touch, visitors are encouraged to tune into 88.1 FM and enjoy Christmas music during their visit.

Agricultural Society President Lois Batty thanked partner organizations for their contributions and expressed her gratitude to everyone who participated in an exhibition this year at a special opening ceremony held on Wednesday 8 december.

Accompanied by representatives of municipal and provincial governments as well as representatives of partner organizations, Batty explained the importance of this fundraiser for all partner organizations and invited the community to drive through the festival to discover the creative displays.

Tickets for the event are available for a minimum donation of $20 per vehicle. As viewing is divided into 30-minute time slots, admission must be purchased in advance.

All proceeds will go to the Lindsay Agricultural Society, Kawartha Food Source, Lindsay Lions Club, Lindsay and District Curling Club, Heritage Christian School and United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes.

To buy the entrance to the visit of the festival https://shop.lindsayex.com/merry-bright-festival/.

Everyone is reminded that COVID-19 protocols will be in place during the event.

Lana T. Arthur