Olympic Flame gets Warm Welcome

By in Community, People, Places, Events, & History



Area residents lined the streets of Mount Forest for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Olympic Flame on its route to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Games.
The torch passed through the community on December 28, as it travelled through Southwestern Ontario on a relay that included stops in Guelph, Kitchener and Kincardine.
Mount Forest prepared a royal reception for the torch bearers, who were greeted by Wellington North Mayor Mike Broomhead as they stopped to exchange the flame while the crowd sang O Canada in front of the Mount Forest Archives building on the town’s main street.
Following the relay, a carnival-style atmosphere was created at the Mount Forest and District Sports Complex, where revellers enjoyed free skating, a winter sports demonstration, clown shows, face painting, games and a chance to have their photo taken with an Olympic
Torch Bearer.
The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay is a 45,000-kilometre journey across Canada designed to unify the country and build excitement for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.  Over 100 days long, the relay will visit over 1,000 communities and places of interest, before completing the cross-country journey at Vancouver’s BC Place on February 12, 2010, as it lights the Olympic Cauldron, signaling the start of the games.