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Theme for 2017 carnival is Canada’s 150th Birthday
Local senior Genesta Wry, shown on the left at last year’s Sackville Fireman’s Winter Carnival, has been attending the event every year since she was a child.
SACKVILLE, N.B. – Now in its 108th year, The Sackville Fireman’s Winter Carnival remains one of the community’s most beloved annual celebrations.
Kevin Scott, a member of the local fire department and the main organizer of this year’s event, which is set to take place at the Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Centre on Saturday, March 11, at 6 p.m., said the reason for its long-standing popularity in the community is simple.
“The fire department started this,” he explained, “and since the community has always supported the fire department it’s just continued on as a great tradition for years and years.”
Our biggest door prize this year is a 50-inch flat screen TV with a sound bar and it’s valued over $1,000. Kevin Scott
Scott did add, however, that the crowds have been down slightly in recent years, leading the local fire department to introduce a new award this year, which is aimed at attracting more Mount Allison students.
“We’re actually awarding a prize this year to Mount A for the best dressed house (residence),” he explained.
The longevity of the event, which still attracts people of all ages, also means many local seniors have been attending the carnival since they were children.
“I actually talked to a couple of seniors just this past week who are looking forward to attending.”
This year’s theme, which is “Canada’s 150th Birthday”, was much easier to come up with than in previous years, Scott said, as the nation is celebrating its sesquicentennial in 2017.
“We always talk about it every year to try to come up with a theme and this year it was a no-brainer.”
He noted that this year the carnival is being held a bit earlier than in previous years.
“It’s a great way to end the March Break. In previous years we’ve had it a little bit later in March. This year we decided to go a bit earlier thinking it would be a great way for the kids, after being away from school for a week, to enjoy their last weekend.”
Tickets to the event are available at the door for only 50 cents each, the same price they have been for well over three decades, Scott said, but added that most people purchase several as they also act as tickets for the variety of door prizes, donated by area businesses, that are given away each year.
“Our biggest door prize this year is a 50-inch flat screen TV with a sound bar and it’s valued over $1,000.”
Prizes are also awarded for best costume in a variety of categories and there is also a 50-50 draw.
“We always donate the proceeds to someone in the community who needs the funds and this year we’re donating them to Jenna Ceretti. Unfortunately, she’s battling cancer.”
Scott said that, while it’s not mandatory, participants are encouraged to wear a helmet and skates.
“And I guess the final note would be to thank the citizens for their support, along with the businesses,” he said, “because we certainly would not be able to do it without them.”
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