Burning trees – A snowy evening with a bitterly cold wind didn’t deter people from attending the first-ever Christmas Tree Bonfire sponsored by the newly-formed Downtown Mount Forest Committee with help from the Mount Forest Lions Club, the Township of Wellington North and local radio station, 88.7 The River. Residents were encouraged to drop off Christmas trees at the bonfire site at Campbell-deVore Park, adjacent to the Mount Forest and District Sports Complex, in exchange for a free spring sapling. Those without Christmas trees could exchange a donation to the food bank for a sapling. The township provided hot chocolate while the radio station provided music at the site. Wellington North firefighters from the Mount Forest station monitored the tree fire.