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Frigid weather doesn’t dampen carnival spirit


It was bitterly cold but that didn’t spoil the fun for Nestor Falls residents during the Lions Club’s 20th-annual winter carnival last weekend.

“It was a good weekend, a good turnout, a good crowd,” said Susan Tomalty, one of the organizers. “Everyone had a good time.”

The weekend began with children’s games at the Nestor Falls Community Centre, as well as a youth art contest and snowmobile rides. Volunteers kept the grills going on the deck of the hall.

“The kids did an excellent job on the art contest,” Tomalty noted. “Bronze, silver, and gold medals were awarded.”

Not as many people ventured onto the ice for the snow golf tournament as in recent years. Only eight brave souls teed off—with Nicole Grant winning top prize.

But many anglers took part in the fish derby—comfortably ensconced in heated huts. Justin Annuik won an ice shack and Fern Podzuk a TV/VCR in the draw for derby participants.

Topping the various categories were Brian Hughes (northern pike), John Goldnick (trout), Pam Shrumm (walleye), and Charlie Kelly (crappie).

Still others congregated in the community hall, where the annual cribbage tournament started at 1 p.m. and ran into the late afternoon.

Doris and Ron Valliant were this year’s champs.

Glen Goertzen won the poker derby.

There was a dance Saturday night, then festivities began Sunday morning with an all-you-could-eat pancake and sausage breakfast.

That was followed by a broomball tournament and the annual “Balls over the Falls” event. The latter was won by Kaitlyn Lougheed, who took home $550.

“All the Lions volunteers and non-members did a wonderful job,” Tomalty said, also thanking all the sponsors who help stage the carnival.

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