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LANG PIONEER VILLAGE The Corporation of the County of Peterborough Contact: Barb van Vierzen (Communications Co-ordinator) January 22, 2008 2008 SPECIAL EVENTS: Fowke Tales May 29-31 12th Annual Father’s Day Smoke & Steam Show June 15 Dominion Day July 1 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 40th Anniversary Was Good Year for Lang Pioneer Village LANG Lang Pioneer Village was able to turn its 40th season into a cause for celebration. Despite the continued decline of tourists to Ontario and a marked increase in Canadians heading to the US for their vacations, the museum’s attendance saw an increase to over 20,000 visitors or 8% higher than 2006 with an increase in revenues of more than 12%. In the last two years, the museum has seen a 19.5% increase in visitors. To top off the year, Lang was awarded the Greater Peterborough Area Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award for Tourism in October in recognition of its commitment to attracting tourists to the region. Several projects are planned to support further growth in 2008. To assist in further increasing revenues, the Gift Shop in the Visitor Centre will be expanded to accommodate a larger inventory and create better traffic flow. As well, automatic doors will be installed at the entrance to improve accessibility to the building. 12th Annual Antique & Classic Car Show July 13 Fur Trade Re-enactment August 2 & 3 Pioneer Corn Roast August 31 Applefest October 5 Spooky Halloween October17, 18 & 24, 25 Christmas by Candlelight December 6 & 7 A newly constructed Cider Mill will be completed this year and will feature an exhibit space and observation area where visitors can see the museums authentic cider press in full operation. The large artifact has been out of use for the past several years due to structural weaknesses in the original building. The official opening will be part of the annual Applefest event on October 5. The project was made possible in large part through a $7,000 grant from the Community Futures Development Corporation. Architectural plans have been completed for a Weaver’s Shop which will house the rare Jacquard Loom that was restored in 2004. Once complete, visitors will have a unique opportunity to see the loom in full operation which is one of only a handful on display in North America. A fund raising campaign was launched in August to raise $300,000 for the construction. Joe Corrigan, Museum Manager stated “the 40th anniversary season was one of the most challenging and rewarding years Lang Pioneer Village has experienced in some time. The museum thanks the County of Peterborough for its continued support and the many staff, volunteers, performers and sponsors who helped provide each and every one of our visitors with a living history experience of exceptional quality.” Lang Pioneer Village is a living history museum proudly owned and operated by the County of Peterborough. The site is located 10 minutes east of Peterborough off Highway 7. -30- For more information on this media release please call Barb van Vierzen at (705) 295-6694 or email@example.com.
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