What is the purpose of the Thornhill Village Festival?
The mission of the Thornhill Village Festival is to:
- foster community spirit,
- promote the heritage of old Thornhill, and
- provide a venue for the celebration of our community's diverse cultural traditions.
Does the Town of Thornhill run the Thornhill Village Festival?
No. Thornhill is a community not a municipality In 1971 the Village of Thornhill was divided down Yonge Street between Markham and Vaughan.
Do Markham and Vaughan run the Thornhill Village Festival with our tax dollars?
No. The Thornhill Village Festival is organized by an all-volunteer community committee of about 20 persons. The Committee does receive grants from Markham and Vaughan, as do the other community festivals. The Thornhill Village Festival gratefully acknowledges the support it has received from City of Markham, City of Vaughan and York Region.
So ... Who pays for the Thornhill Village Festival?
There are three main sources of income for the Thornhill Village Festival:
Booth space fees (which vary between community, crafter and business classes)
Donations by visitors ... please help the Festival on Festival Day
Sponsors ... we are always looking for such
but also to be considered is the fact that ...
The work is done through hours of volunteering ... please consider helping the Festival in this way.
Forms are available to the right for Booths, Sponsors, and Volunteers
Who started the Thornhill Village Festival?
The Thornhill Village Festival is a project of The Society for the Preservation of Historic Thornhill (SPOHT) (www.thornhillhistoric.org) and is organized entirely by a community volunteer committee.
The Thornhill Village Festival was first organized in 1977 to bring the two parts of the divided community together and use Yonge St as a union rather than as a divider. It was also the Queen's Silver Jubilee Year.