Chesterville Snowflake Carnival a success

Chesterville Snowflake Carnival co-organizer Tanya VanOers and daughters Chloe (left) and Hailey with this year's Carnival buttons — each one numbered with a chance to win prizes. Zandbergen photo Nation Valley News

CHESTERVILLE — The village’s annual Winter Carnival — dubbed the ‘Snowflake Carnival’ in keeping with new LED snowflake lights around the village — kept the Chesterville Legion and Chesterville Arena hopping with activity on the weekend.

With the final evening winding down Sunday, just as a snowstorm was depositing no shortage of snowflakes outside, key organizer Shelley McLeod, one of a small cadre of volunteers behind the annual event, sat a table looking tired but satisfied. McLeod said she was happy with the outcome of the 2017 Carnival but also “happy it’s over.”

The popular Saturday morning breakfast, put on by the Chesterville Firefighters, was sold out, she said, as was the United Church ham-and-scalloped potatoes dinner that evening.

“The darts tournament had 12 teams and euchre was full,” she also noted.

Over at the arena, the 3-on-3 hockey tournament drew 100 competing children — down a bit from last year, she acknowledged.

Sunday evening’s spaghetti supper saw a changing of the guard, with Chesterville Public School’s parent council filling in to replace St. Mary’s School at the pasta post this year.

A highlight of Saturday morning’s fun was the crowning of the Prince and Princess Snowflake. Four-week-old Connor Chambers and seven-month-old Hattie Potestio won those respective honours.

Jordon Monast of Chesterville won the Carnival’s featured draw gift — a hockey stick loaded with lottery scratch cards.

This year’s featured Carnival button was designed by Chickadilly Studio of Chesterville. Each came with a number with a chance to win a draw. Button numbers 149, 62 and 137 won $50 apiece.

Some of the fun at the Chesterville Snowflake Carnival. Zandbergen video, Nation Valley News

 

Chesterville firefighters and helpers served up Saturday morning breakfast at the Carnival. From left: Lisa Boucher, Ann McLean, Alix Giles, Kent Merkley, and Madi and Matt Giles. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

 

The silent auction drew plenty of attention, with this donated elf from Winchester BMR reaching out for bids. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

 

Students from Chesterville Public School produced handmade placemats enjoyed by Carnival patrons like Hector and Marie-Claire Patenaude.  Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

 

The fun and games included a plastic egg race for the younger set. These three certainly enjoyed it. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

 

Baby Connor, 4 weeks old, peeks up at his mother, Amy Chambers, after being selected this year’s Prince Snowflake at the Chesterville Snowflake Carnival. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

 

Hattie Potestio, 7 mos., crowned Princess Snowflake, is all smiles on the lap of her mother, Sarah Potestio. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

 

In a featured draw at this year’s Carnival, Jordon Monast won a hockey stick loaded with scratch cards. Kathy Crump (not shown) won gift certificates. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

 

Sunday night’s spaghetti supper was served up by the Chesterville Public School Parents’ Council and young helpers. From left, Breanna, Charity and Gabe Miles, Stacy Cranham, Reese Snelson, Brody Cranham, Kim Douma and Trenton Douma. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

 

Eden Desormeaux, 5 (left) was among the many youngsters enjoying the characters at the Sunday kids’ dance. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

 

Kendall Rowe,3, and Taylor Beckstead, 7, took a moment away from the dance floor. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

 

Graham Sleeth (front) and pals participated in the 3-on-3 tournament. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

 

A goalie takes a break between games in the 3-on-3 tourney. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

 

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