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Elora Sends Off Summer with Night of Fun Family Activities

Rappelling event at the mill, late-night shopping on tap for September 28

A stunt performer will rappel down the historic Elora Mill Hotel & Spa later this month as part of a unique night of entertainment and shopping to help family’s bid summer a final farewell in the scenic village overlooking the Grand River.

Steal a Late Night on Saturday, Sept. 28 will feature a rapeller dressed as a burglar who will rappel from the roof of the refurbished 1832 mill every half hour from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

One Axe Pursuits, which operates rock climbing, caving and zipline programs for recreation, corporate team building and stunt rapelling for the film industry, is organizing the burglar rappel as an exciting way to help families close out summer.

“It’s the first time we’ve ever had someone rappel down the mill so it should be quite a spectacle,” says Christa Niravong of One Axe Pursuits. “The whole night will be a lot of fun and should help visitors really get involved with the event. It’s great to see people coming out in the evening to enjoy downtown.”

Downtown Elora has kept its doors open late on the last Saturday night of the month through the summer offering shoppers special deals and in-house promotions, as well as food events, musical performances and entertainment.

The rappelling event on September 28 will mark the end of the summer promotion. In addition to seeing an exciting rapelling demonstration, shoppers who grab selfies with the burglar as he sneaks around downtown can earn a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Elora Mill by tagging  #elorabia and #oneaxepursuits in their photos and are encouraged to wear striped shirts.

While the event will help put summer to bed, it’s also a great lead-in to a month-long festival that takes over the streets of Elora each fall. Elora celebrates Monster Month throughout October, scaring up 31 days of activities and events that capture all that’s fun and frightening about Halloween.

Highlights of the festival include ghost walks, workshops on building monsters, pumpkin carving demonstrations, historical lantern tours and a non-motorized parade along Elora’s main street, featuring hundreds of children and adults dressed in extravagant costumes and hundreds of spectators watching the action. For a full schedule of events and activities that will take place during Monster Month, click here.

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