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Sackville Fireman’s Carnival to celebrate 110-year tradition with costume skate


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SACKVILLE, N.B. – The Sackville Fire Department is once again working hard preparing for this year’s annual Sackville Fireman’s Carnival, scheduled to take place on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Centre.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with skating and judging to begin at 6:30 p.m. The admission is, as it has been for years, only 50 cents per person.

This is an event that encourages and welcomes participants – both young and old – to dress up in costume and skate (if possible) around the ice in hopes of winning one of the 45 generous prizes awarded for outstanding costumes. There will also be more than 30 door prizes, a 50/50 draw and a grand prize draw for a 50” flat-screen television.

Costumes can be based on any topic (respectful and not offensive please) and often portray a current event, a celebrity, an historic or local figure or moment. Often, costumes are based on the current year’s theme – which this year is, ‘A Winter Wonderland.”

As well, the Sackville Citizen’s Band will be in attendance to play lively dance tunes all evening.

In 1909 these costume competitions were all the rage in local rinks. Sackville’s event was always very popular and live music performed by the Sackville Citizen’s Band was a major attraction every single year.

Sackville is one of the last communities still able to host a major event like this and it is thanks to the diligent and hard work of volunteer fire fighters that have allowed it to continue.

So please come out and show your support, have fun, share the event with your kids or your grandchildren, and, maybe win a prize. The prizes are very nice and there are lots of them. If you are a newcomer to the area you are whole-heartedly invited to join in the fun and help us celebrate this 110-year-old tradition.

For more information, contact fire chief Craig Bowser at 506-364-4988 or mailto:c.bowser@sackville.com.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance of Mount Allison University’s commerce department and the NB Experiential Learning Faculty Incentive Fund.

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