YUREK JOINS COMMUNITY LEADERS AS THE SOUTHWEST ONTARIO BARN QUILTS TRAILS WEAVES ITS WAY THROUGH THE AREA

(Sparta, ON) – MPP Jeff Yurek joined other community leaders this weekend to congratulate the Southwest Ontario Barn Quilts Trails on their success in launching a southwest-Ontario wide tour that will cultivate the area’s heritage and increase tourism.

The Southwest Ontario Barn Quilts Trails is an initiative spearheaded by local museum associations in conjunction with various tourism and economic development authorities.  The trail, once complete, will consist of over 100 quilt block-inspired murals that will be adorned on barns and other free standing structures to mark historical points-of-interest. Tourists will be able to use a map and tour around the countryside to visit these locations.

“This is a terrific initiative that brings the story of our area’s history to life. It will be an engaging and interactive tour that will increase tourist traffic and economic activity in our area,” said MPP Yurek.

The tour is modelled after several successful initiatives in rural United States communities. Mr. Yurek, MP Joe Preston, Aylmer Mayor Jack Couckuyt, and Central Elgin Mayor and County Warden Bill Walters were all on hand to show support for the project.

“We all see the potential of this project and want to see it succeed. It’s important for us to celebrate our rich heritage and this is a practical and fun way to do just that,” concluded Yurek.

Background:

• The Southwest Ontario Barn Quilt Trails is a new historical tour spearheaded by the Elgin, Oxford, Norfolk Association of Museum Curators and Directors (EON), a local museums association, to stimulate tourism in Ontario’s Sand Plains Region (Elgin, Oxford, Norfolk, Middlesex and Brant Counties). Working with area tourism authorities and other community partners and volunteers, EON will launch the tour that will span the five counties in 2012.

• More information can be found at: http://barnquilttrails.ca

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