Pumpkinferno, Fort Fright receive $150,000 Celebrate Ontario Grant


Celebrate Ontario has announced it is awarding the St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) with $150,000 in event funding to support the investment in two amazing fall events, Fort Henry’s scare-attraction Fort Fright and Upper Canada Village’s Pumpkinferno.

The two will each receive $75,000 to fund the further development of the visitor experience.   

At Pumpkinferno, new exhibits will be created for more than half of the event using new themes and their trademark intricate designs and artistry.

Fort Fright will see investments to augment the new projection and sound and light technology introduced in 2013.  As well new sets will be developed to keep visitors guessing what’s around the corner.

The SLPC is no stranger to building and delivering award-winning and successful events.  

Festivals and Events Ontario recently honoured Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada (Kingston) and Upper Canada Village (Morrisburg) naming two of their events – Sunset Ceremonies and Alight at Night  –  in Ontario’s Top 100 Events. 

Last fall, the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario honoured Pumpkinferno as Ontario’s Best New Event.

The St. Lawrence Parks Commission is leading the way in event development with great success in shoulder season events that collectively draw over 75,000 into the Great Waterway region during a time that is often when attractions are winding down for the season.  

Fort Fright named Ontario’s Top New Event in 2008 by Festivals and Events Ontario is now entering its seventh year and fills a niche in the fall market offering an experience with a blend of live scare actors, animatronics and stunning visual special effects all set against the limestone backdrop of the fortress of Fort Henry.  

At Upper Canada Village, Pumpkinferno has also carved a niche for itself in the fall with an evening walking tour through artistically designed exhibits with over 6,000 hand-carved pumpkins.  It is a mesmerizing display of creative ingenuity set against the night-time backdrop of Upper Canada Village.  

“The development of quality special events is a high priority for the St. Lawrence Parks Commission,” said Darren Dalgleish, General Manager & CEO, St. Lawrence Parks Commission. “The consistent evaluation and monitoring of visitor feedback guides us to create experiences that are entertaining and appealing, and the positive results are clearly demonstrated with our attendance levels.”

“However in our event building processes, we are always mindful to preserve our core historic attractions.  We appreciate the awards and accolades that our teams have received along with the positive feedback from our visitors.”

“This Celebrate Ontario funding is a great vote of confidence in the work we are doing, allowing our teams to continue to develop and grow these special events” 

Upper Canada Village will open for the 2014 season on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

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