Winterfest set to celebrate wonders of the season

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Participants in the 2013 Winterfest event at Beech Hill Park enjoy a free wagon ride to the field hosting the various activities, which included sledding, a barbecue and much more.

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Sackville’s Winterfest continues to get bigger and better every year and the 2014 edition is no different.

With family fun in mind, this wintertime line-up of activities has been expanded to four days this year, including a number of new events mixed in with some traditional favourites.

“WinterFest is a great way to brighten up some of the long days of winter,” said acting director of community development Ron Kelly Spurles. “It’s an annual event that I think has become one of the highlights of winter in Sackville.”

The events will kick off on Thursday, Jan. 30 with a Martial Arts Expo at the Tantramar Civic Centre. Also that evening, local youths can enjoy an open gym night at the Middle Sackville Baptist Church.

A Friday evening “Campfire Sing-Along and Skate,” with music by Shelley Bean and the Ducky Muds will be held at Lillas Fawcett Park.

And Saturday afternoon skiing, sliding, sleigh rides, and a barbecue at Beech Hill Park are the featured events.

“Each year we see more and more community participation,” said Kelly Spurles. “This year we’re excited by several new additions, including adding on a free shuttle service to our Saturday Family Day at Beech Hill, which should really help make it something that everyone can enjoy.”

The shuttle will be running from the old fire station downtown to Beech Hill, leaving downtown at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. and returning from Beech Hill at 1:30, 2:30 and 4 p.m.

Winterfest will also provide plenty of opportunities for people of all ages to satisfy their taste buds. The Royal Canadian Legion is serving up ham and scallop potatoes for lunch on Friday. A tasty breakfast fundraiser will be held at the Sackville Lions Club on Saturday morning. And, of course, the weekly Farmers Market will be taking place on Bridge Street on Saturday, offering something for all tastes.

Saturday evening also features a new event – a WinterFest Women’s Night at the Middle Sackville Baptist Church, featuring a fun-filled cruise-themed evening with a three-course meal.

And, as always, a highlight of the Winterfest is the annual blues concert. The Tantramarsh Blues Society and the town of Sackville present Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas at George’s Roadhouse on Friday evening. This critically-acclaimed blues band will be sure to delight. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Ducky’s on Bridge Street in Sackville, or at the door.

Rounding out the schedule of events are a Magic Show by Al Bernard, a “Magic The Gathering” event, a free skate at the civic centre, and a Family Sunday event at Owens Art Gallery.

Check for a complete schedule of events.


Organizations: Middle Sackville Baptist Church, Tantramar Civic Centre, Royal Canadian Legion Sackville Lions Club Tantramarsh Blues Society Owens Art Gallery

Geographic location: SACKVILLE, Beech Hill Park, Bridge Street Lillas Fawcett Park

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