FINCH — Preparations are running full steam ahead for the Holiday Train’s Nov. 27 stop in Finch. Community volunteers and the Dundas County Food Bank are hard at work setting up for the event — the second annual appearance in the community by CP Rail’s special Christmas-themed train.
Ian McKelvie, administrator for the Dundas County Food Bank, is looking forward to the date. “The Holiday Train is a very important event for the Dundas County Food Bank. All funds received from this event go directly towards providing food for families in need. We were encouraged by the outpouring of support last year. Over 5,350 lbs of food were donated and $6,736 donated towards the DCFB.”
Each stop by the Holiday Train helps to support local food banks. For the Finch edition, visitors are encouraged to visit the Dundas County Food Bank’s website and Facebook page for further information. The Dundas County Food Bank assists people in North Stormont.
As reported by Nation Valley News earlier this fall, the train will be on site between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., with Dallas Smith & The Odds entertaining the crowd.
“We’re hoping to build upon the momentum of last year, which saw 6,000 visitors take in the lights and sounds of the train” says Amy Martin, Economic Development Officer for the Township of North Stormont.
“This year’s event will include a brunch put on by the Finch Lions, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the North Stormont Arena upstairs hall. At 1 p.m., Little Ray’s Reptiles will be upstairs to entertain the kids. There will be free hot chocolate and chili for sale with all the proceeds going towards the Dundas County Food Bank. Santa will also be present at the event to bring well wishes for the holiday season.”
Shuttle buses will be running between various local schools to alleviate parking within the Finch area.