North Huron declares Thresher’s Reunion a ‘municipally significant event’

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BLYTH – North Huron council approved a request from the Huron Pioneer Thresher and Hobby Association for its event to be declared of municipal significance so the association could apply for a special occasions permit from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

This request allows the association to hold a bar at the Blyth Community Centre on Sept. 9 and 10 in conjunction with the Huron Pioneer Thresher’s Reunion.

Community Engagement Coordinator Denise Lockie presented the request to council in a report which said, “In 2022, the Huron Thresher’s Reunion will be celebrating its 61st anniversary. The Thresher’s Reunion is a large-scale event that is held in Blyth on an annual basis. The event is open to the public and provides a variety of activities and entertainment for visitors of all ages to enjoy. The event is well attended and attracts several thousand visitors to North Huron on an annual basis.”

Lockie told council that in order to apply for the special occasions permit, the township must declare the event “of municipal significance.”

She said that other than the last two years during lockdowns, the event organizers have submitted similar requests to council, which were approved.

“Staff are not aware of any issues or complaints relative to having a licenced area at their previous event and therefore recommend council support/approve their request for a special occasion permit to the AGCO for the specified dates and time by deeming the event as being of municipal significance,” Lockie’s report said. “Similar to other licenced events, the Huron Pioneer Thresher and Hobby Association would be required to comply with the North Huron Municipal Alcohol Policy.”

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times

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