By Angelica Ingram
A lot has changed in the past eight months and this column is just one example of something that’s different in Haliburton Village. As you may recall, the last time you read BIA in the Village, Cindy Campbell was keeping you informed on all the latest and greatest things happening in our downtown. However this fall Cindy bid farewell to Haliburton and we want to thank her for all she did for the BIA and wish her well!
The BIA has been busy these past few months and has some great things lined up for the Christmas season. While we were sad there was no Santa Claus parade this year, that doesn’t mean there is no cheer in the village. Actually, quite the opposite!
Our annual Buy In And Win contest is back and this year there is a wonderful new prize to be won. Simply visit any participating business in downtown Haliburton and fill out a ballot to win $1,500 in gift certificates for any BIA business. You can enter as often as you would like! The contest started on Nov. 20 and will end on Dec. 23, with a draw taking place at noon live on Moose FM. This annual contest is a great chance to support your downtown businesses and get all your Christmas shopping done without even having to leave the county. What could be better than that?
We are also excited to announce a fun initiative taking place this year in partnership with the Haliburton Lions Club and the BIA. The annual Christmas tree has been put up in front of the Village Barn and this year we are inviting kids and families to come out and help us decorate it by putting their own decorations on it! You can put one, two or 20 ornaments on, the more the merrier. The tree was donated by Kim Emmerson and erected by the Dysart fire department. It is graciously allowed in front of the barn by Anthony and Juliane vanLieshout, who supply the hydro for the lights. We hope you will help us dress up our downtown and put some holiday magic on the tree.
With all the new COVID-19 protocols in place this year, the BIA executive has decided not to offer our popular Ladies Night event, to try and keep crowds to a minimum. However this does not mean there aren’t great promotions happening in our downtown businesses. We invite you to check them out, give them a call, visit their website and read the Haliburton Echo to stay informed on how you can shop safely and locally this holiday season.
And last but not least, the BIA is on Instagram! We will be posting information, events, town happenings and much more so give us a follow @thehaliburtonbia. You can also check us out on Facebook and if you have any questions or comments shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your ongoing support and Merry Christmas!