Heads ‘n heels

Har­vest on the Hill event sup­ports Mount Ev­er­green.

Kenora Daily Miner and News - - FRONT PAGE - KATH­LEEN CHARLEBOIS KCharlebois@post­media.com

The fall colours and the clear blue sky on Satur­day, Oct. 7 lent a dra­matic back­drop to the first Har­vest at the Hill at Mount Ev­er­green.

Once the gates opened at noon, chil­dren and their fam­i­lies took part in face-paint­ing, pump­kin paint­ing, climb­ing on hay bales and a bouncy slide and a rab­bit pet­ting zoo. There were also sev­eral con­tests through­out the day: a chili cook-off, a pump­kin pie-bake off, a moun­tain bike race and a cross-coun­try and CrossFit race.

Later in the evening, there was the Plaid is Rad fundrais­ing feast that in­cluded din­ner, a dance party, a ghost walk and fire­works.

Pam Vi­inikka, one of the event or­ga­niz­ers, said she was ex­tremely happy with the turnout. Along with rais­ing funds for op­er­a­tion of the not-for-profit ski hill, she said one of the main goals of the event was to help build a sense of com­mu­nity.

“Mount Ev­er­green is a com­mu­nity,” Vi­inikka said. “Peo­ple drop their kids off here in the morn­ing and they’re with us all day long and it’s a great place for them to be.”

The money raised from the event will go to­wards nec­es­sary ski hill up­grades.

PHOTOS BY KATH­LEEN CHARLEBOIS/ DAILY MINER AND NEWS

Things got a lit­tle head over heels for at least one kid try­ing out the in­flat­a­bles dur­ing the Har­vest at the Hill at Mount Ev­er­green on Satur­day, Oct. 7. The new Thanks­giv­ing week­end event drew lots of fam­i­lies out to the ski hill and raised funds to main­tain it year-round.

Jor­dan Allen (left) and Natasha Devins (right) of Wild­wood Cre­ative were among the ven­dors that took part in the fall mar­ket.

It wouldn't be a Thanks­giv­ing-themed event with­out hay bales to climb on.

No snow on the hill? No prob­lem. Chil­dren line up for the bouncy slide.

Cassie Olsen, 10, gets sparkly uni­corn face paint from Sarah Fox.

Eric Harty (left) and Darcy Ura (right) pro­vided some coun­try and blues sound to ac­com­pany the bar­be­cue lunch.

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