By Rebecca Niblett
Saturday October 27th dawned cold and rainy, but Gamiing staff and volunteers forged ahead with our preparations. Despite the rain that continued throughout the day the Fall Festival was a great success. A group of volunteers from Weldon in Lindsay joined Gamiing staff and other volunteers to run lots of fun activities. Pumpkin carving was a very popular activity. Volunteer Kirk helped groups of children carve, or (for the younger children) paint their pumpkins. Some of the resulting pumpkins were amazing! Another popular activity was decorating cupcakes. Cupcakes were baked by another volunteer. Also popular were crafts, face painting, and Halloween themed games.
After a brief break for dinner it was time for the Haunted Trail Hike to get started. Luck was with us, and the rain cleared just before it was time for us to get in position in the haunted forest. Volunteers and staff helped make the forest a truly bone chilling experience for the several groups of brave visitors. Though, perhaps it was the volunteers who faced the cold, dark, and damp forest who were really the brave ones. Many of the visitors commented on how impressed they were with the Haunted Hike. Hopefully this hike will become a Gamiing tradition, bringing more groups to visit the property and see what Gamiing has to offer.
Our next big event is on Family Day in February. So mark your calendars! In the meantime our trails are open. Hope to see you there soon!