Local historians Ross Burgar and Len Lynch have submitted a video to DuPont Pioneer’s “Here’s to Hometowns” contest in the hopes of winning $50,000 for the Fingal Heritage Park. The pair heard about the contest through fellow Southwold history committee member Kim Poole, who encouraged them to enter for the benefit of the community.

Once home to many different local ball teams, plans for the park include building a sheltered structure, walking paths with interpretive signage, more play equipment for families to utilize, and other items that celebrate Fingal and Southwold’s rich history. In the 1800s the area was also home to the McPherson-Glasgow foundry that made threshing machines and other farm tools for farmers across the province.

The video submission, created by Establish Media in St. Thomas with help from Burgar and Lynch’s personal photo archives, was submitted, reviewed, and posted online before the contest deadline October 19.

Judging by DuPont Pioneer officials will take place between October 22November 2 and finalists will be announced November 13. Once the finalists are announced, it’s all hands on deck as the public gets a chance to vote and have their say. If successful, Burgar and Lynch will need your votes before December 10 to win.

In Eastern Ontario four finalists will be chosen, narrowed down from a total of 33 submitted videos.

Two finalists will be chosen in Quebec and two will also be chosen in the Maritimes.

Winners of the $50,000 grand prize will be announced in January 2019.


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