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Horseshoes indeed lucky for Community Kitchen

by Brad Aubin

It was an unusual sight in downtown Sturgeon Falls last Saturday, Sept. 15 as a normally busy section of King Street was closed off to host a big Texas horseshoe tournament. With 32 teams participating in the first ever “Washers for a Cause 2018” fundraiser, the event was a big success and brought in $700 for the WN Community Kitchen.

The tournament was the brainchild of Yves Lafontaine, long-time West Nipissing resident and an avid Texas horseshoes player. For years, Lafontaine would organize a horseshoe tournament at Dutrisac Cottages, where he and his family would camp. This year, with a cause in mind, he decided to bring the event right downtown.

“I’ve always wanted to organize it for a cause… I just never knew which one,” he says. “When I saw Linda [Lafantaisie-Renaud] selling butterflies to raise funds for the soup kitchen, she told me all about it. I thought it was a great cause to raise funds for and just jumped at the opportunity! It’s a way to get a lot of the people from the community involved and raise funds for a great cause.”

So with the help of friends and volunteers, he put it all together in just under a month. 

“We started everything in mid-August then approached [WN municipal] council and got the thumbs up to close down a section of King St., which was just fantastic. From there, the teams just started signing up. We had a lot of teams sponsored by many local businesses so we’re very thankful! We had players participating from Sudbury all the way to Callander… it was just a great day!” beams Lafontaine.

With a big field of players, the event was as competitive as it was fun as the teams battled from noon to 4:00 p.m., playing at least 3 games each. In the end, it was Lafontaine and his partner Gus Labelle who took the A division crown after going undefeated all day. Logan Burk and Tyson Brazeau won the B division, while Mark and Blake Horner ranked first in the C division.

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