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by Isabel Mosseler

Had enough of winter yet? Want some more? There was a time, not that long ago, when winter was a celebrated season full of activities everyone could enjoy, and in that tradition the community of Field is inviting everyone to come and celebrate with them at the Field Winter Carnival from February 7 to 10.

Julie Bertram, chair of the Field Raise the Roof committee (raising funds to put a roof over the outdoor rink), and Field Recreation Committee chair Linda Leduc are busy working alongside many local groups to put together an event that will appeal to everyone – and all of West Nipissing is invited. Bertram says the whole community is involved, with each organization taking on a task or event. “Everything has been very hectic because it’s all volunteer. All the groups in Field take on an aspect of the carnival to make it work, so every single group has a designated something,” she notes.

The Field Fire Fighters have organized Chuck’s Hockey Tournament, already filled with teams. The popular outdoor volleyball tournament also boasts a full roster. Les Dames Auxiliaires will be hosting the breakfasts on both Saturday and Sunday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, and Bertram says of the breakfasts, “They are really good!”

The carnival is also expecting visits from special guests Cachou, the Caisse populaire mascot, Koda, the WN Police mascot, and of course Bonhomme Carnaval.

The weekend kicks off with figure skating students presenting solo performances and a Family Skate on Thursday evening. As well, the winners of the ice sculpture contest will be announced. Bertram says the ice sculpture contest is open to everyone in West Nipissing and several entrants have submitted photos of their masterpieces. Asked about the prize for the winner, Bertram laughs and quipps “Bragging rights!” 

On Friday evening, a dance for children and face painting will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, and Bertram says those dances are always very popular with the kids. On Saturday afternoon, FRED (Field Regional Economic Development) will take on the soup and hot dogs at the Club d’âge d’or, which is situated by the ice rink. The Recreation Committee will be taking on the games for children on Sunday afternoon. That event was well attended last year; Bertram comments “The kids love it!” Describing some of the events, from the potato sack races to three legged skiing and toboggan races, she adds that there will also be a small fire to keep the little ones warm. Sunday will also see the draw for a 10X12 shed, at 5 pm, with ticket sales benefiting the Raise the Roof project.

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