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Monster makeover: Volunteers helping to make the best of Elora's Monster Month (10 photos)

The annual Monster March isn't moving forward again this year but the Twilight Zoo will be going up

ELORA – The Centre Wellington community is still trying to make the most of Monster Month under often changing pandemic conditions. 

The annual Monster March parade through Elora has been cancelled once again but other fun events will go forward. 

Kirk McElwain, chair of Sensational Elora and the Monster Month committee, said it’ll be too difficult to manage the crowd — particularly those watching the parade — under health department restrictions.

“Even if we can properly space people within the parade itself, which would be very difficult, there’s no way to control the crowds with the proper social distance and such,” McElwain said. 

With the amount of organization it takes to put on the parade, McElwain said it’s not worth it in the likely scenario of public health changing rules for outdoor gatherings. 

However, McElwain said there are plenty of good events going forward that are more controllable from a numbers standpoint and the iconic Twilight Zoo creatures are being repaired

A regular group of volunteers have been repairing the monsters each Tuesday and Thursday at the greenspace in Downtown Elora and on Saturday’s at McElwain’s Inverhaugh house throughout September. 

Dick Harmon, who is in his third year of volunteering with monster repairs, said he does it simply to “give back to the community.”

McElwain admitted they may not get to repair as many monsters as they’d like but nonetheless they will all be installed in late September. 

There are still four more repair sessions going forward before installation, those interested can email McElwain at october@monstermonth.ca or inverhaugh@gmail.com

To see what Monster Month events are going forward and how to attend, click here

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