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by Isabel Mosseler
Field celebrated winter from February 7 to10, and there was plenty to celebrate with plentiful snow, frigid temperatures and lots of community spirit.
Kids, adults and seniors enjoyed the Field Winter Carnival, a long standing tradition in West Nipissing, and lead organizer Linda Leduc, President of the Field Recreation Committee, is pleased despite a smaller-than-usual turnout. She attributes that to the ice rain, which marred the opening night on Thursday, as well as some competing hockey tournaments throughout the region. Nevertheless, Leduc reports that everyone who did come out had a fabulous time. “Everything went smooth. The crowd was a little less than usual but overall a good turnout. There were lots of hockey tournaments around so I was expecting that… For the kids there was a great turnout.”
This year saw more participation in the snow sculpture competition, with each entry receiving a prize. Entries came from all over West Nipissing and Nipissing First Nation. Top spot when to a sculpture of a bee and hive from the budding artists of École Ste-Marguerite d’Youville in Verner. Second place was a dragon sculpted by April Sénécal and Krystal Marcoux, and the Larocque Family took 3rd place with their shark. Many of the entries were very inventive and full of humour, and Lise Leduc posted them online as they came in. “At first we didn’t think we were going to get any,” she notes. “No-one had registered until the last 3 days, just before the deadline. It was really nice, the work they did and it was hard to judge. I was not a judge.” Leduc says the top five received cash prizes, and the others received gifts from sponsors.
Leduc says the prize money was donated by the community, including a $500 donation from Caisse populaire Alliance, given by visiting mascot Cachou. “They’ve been very generous the last few years, and that’s a major source for the carnival’s cash prizes as well.” She notes that everyone in the community chips in to make the carnival successful.