Harvest Glory Days time is back

Providence Bay’s evolving new Village Square, adjacent to the community hall and The Mutchmor and on the way to the beach, was the scene of much activity last week as a group involving members of the Spring Bay-Providence Bay Lions Club, municipal councillor Alex Baran and many other volunteers set out to decorate the new focal point in the fall harvest theme. The group planned to encourage people throughout the community to decorate their homes and businesses so that Providence Bay can be a contender in this year’s Harvest Glory Days friendly community decorating competition. This event is organized by The Expositor as a community service.

Decorate your community in friendly competition

MANITOULIN—The leaves have started to change colour and there is a crispness in the air which means it’s time to celebrate everything autumn like sipping pumpkin spice lattes, cozying up in your favourite sweater, jumping in leaf piles and decorating your home, business and community for the Harvest Glory Days competition.

The Manitoulin Expositor started Harvest Glory Days four years ago to encourage fall/harvest themed decorating in every Island community and created a friendly community rivalry to help inspire everyone to decorate to the fullest.

There are two categories: large communities, which include Gore Bay, Mindemoya, Manitowaning, Wikwemikong and Little Current; and small communities, which includes all other Island communities.

The overall best autumn-themed town in each category is awarded a large roadside 5’ by 8’ roadside sign (created by Beacon Images in Tehkummah) and bragging rights as a prize.

Both large and small communities have their decorating work cut out for them this year with Manitowaning defending their ‘best autumn-themed decorated large community’ title (three years running) and Silver Water their ‘best decorated small community’ title (two years running). Honourable mentions have included Aundeck Omni Kaning in 2013 and Gore Bay in 2014. Rumour has it that Spring Bay is planning some great decorations to earn back their best decorated small community title they won in 2013. Expositor staff have also spotted Providence Bay residents starting to decorate the village square.

The judges are looking for the overall best decorated communities, encouraging individuals to decorate their homes, businesses their store fronts and institutions such as community halls, municipal offices, churches, hospitals, libraries, museums and parks to show their harvest pride.

Participants are asked to contact The Expositor Office to register the particular address that is decorated, for both the judges’ use and so that the address can be included in a map that will be featured in the Thanksgiving week paper, allowing Island residents and visitors to explore the decorated communities across Manitoulin.

Assiginack CAO Alton Hobbs said that his municipality is gearing up for this year’s competition. “We are planning to defend our title vigorously,” said Mr. Hobbs. “We are also planning to do something special when we win for the fourth year,” he added confidently.

There is a full-page advertisement on Page 14 of this paper that gives full details, plus a clip-out registration form.

The deadline for registrations is before midnight on Friday, September 30.