Ont., town on million-dollar quest
Million Dollar Neighbourhood Bowmanville's G.O.O.D (Getting Out Of Debt) Ultimate Yard Sale' in Bowmanville, Ont. (Mark Stainsz/QMI Agency)
BOWMANVILLE, ONT. -- It looks like every garage, attic and shed was cleared out for a giant yard sale in Bowmanville on Saturday.
The town was chosen last month as the setting for the second season of 'Million Dollar Neighbourhood,' which is broadcast on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
The event was billed as the 'Million Dollar Neighbourhood Bowmanville's G.O.O.D (Getting Out Of Debt) Ultimate Yard Sale.'
The TV series follows the trials of 100 families in a community as they attempt to raise their collective net worth by $1 million in just 10 weeks. Season One saw the town of Aldergrove, B.C. reach their million dollar goal.
As the show began filming, local Bowmanville residents were invited through social networks such as Facebook to help the families with their goal by showing up at a mammoth lawn sale - and thousands did. Traffic was snarled in the area near where the sale was held, Bowmanville Liberty Pentecostal Church, so people were forced to park in a nearby community lot.
Bowmanville is the largest community in the Municipality of Clarington, about 65 kilometres east of Toronto. The town came out in force on June 5 at the Bowmanville High School when the show's production company scheduled a town hall meeting.
In each episode, neighbours take on a community challenge and an individual challenge. Residents need to dig deep, downsize, earn, barter, share, swap, scrimp, save and collaborate with their neighbours to meet the goal.
Season 2 is scheduled to launch January 2013.
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