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Monday, October 24, 2011

Boo who as frights escalate for Halloween

   One-Tank Trip published on Oct. 22-23, 2011


   (c) By Jim Fox

   Want to be scared out of your wits?
Blood-curdling fun takes over Canada’s Wonderland for Halloween Haunt.
   How about spending a sleepless night in a fortress of terror, avoiding Jack the Ripper reincarnated or being one of the scaredy-cats who “chicken out” at Screampark?
   Halloween terrors are again reaping havoc across the land. Here’s where evil lurks.

Boo at the Toronto Zoo

Looking for something "Spook"tactular to do...
Come out and enjoy BOO AT THE ZOO!

Check out Minute Maid® Presents Boo at the Zoo (October 22, 23, 29 & 30) where little ones can follow along the Zoo's "Pumpkin Trail" to discover trick-or-treat activity stations throughout the Tundra Trek and take part in our "Critters and Costumes Parade" at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm daily. 
Best of all, up to two kids in costume (12 and under) get in free when accompanied by an adult!
Happy Halloween from your WILD Friends at the Toronto Zoo! 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Cranberries and pumpkins highlighted at Ontario festivals

    One-Tank Trip column published on Oct. 15-16, 2011

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie are an indispensable part of traditional Thanksgiving dinners and take the spotlight in two upcoming festivals.
Visitors to the Bala Cranberry Festival can watch the berries being harvested at two area marshes.
   The little red acidic berry stars in a three-day festival in Bala on the scenic shores of Lake Muskoka and the Moon River.
   And, day-trippers should head for Waterford, south of Brantford, to see more than a thousand decorated pumpkins, including a gigantic jack o’lantern tower, ready for Halloween.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Everyone's gone country at fall fairs

   One-Tank Trip published Oct. 1-2, 2011

   (c) By Jim Fox

   City slickers can find out what goes on down on the farm at two of the longest-running fall fairs.
   Everyone’s gone country as we’re talking about farm animals, horse shows and rodeo events, the venerable baby contests, demolition derbies, country crooners and big veggies.
   Monster gourds and more will be at the Rockton World’s Fair and Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show.
Huge veggies, such as this pumpkin, compete for the largest title at Rockton World’s Fair. (Photo by John Overmeyer)
   World-class fall fair
   In 1878, poet Andrew Kernighan said the fair in Rockton, between Cambridge and Dundas, was really a world’s fair because “all of the world comes to it.”
   Newspapers then picked up the “world” tag for the Beverly Agricultural Society Fair as it was then known and the rest is history.