CHESTERVILLE — From baby royals, to thunderous sounds in the sky and on stage, to fishing and hockey — this weekend’s annual Chesterville Winter Carnival kicks off Friday evening (Feb. 7) with a hearty Chesterville Public School spaghetti supper (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.) and fireworks (7 p.m.)
Provided by the neighbouring Morewood Winter Carnival (which held its own activities last weekend), the fireworks are a new addition to the Chesterville carnival.
The 2020 edition also sees the return of a 3-on-3 hockey tournament at the Chesterville Arena, starting 7:30 p.m. on Friday night and resuming Saturday. The Feb. 8 fun includes the annual firefighter’s breakfast (8 – 11 a.m.) and the adorable spectacle of the Prince and Princess Snowflake selection (starting 10 a.m.).
Below, last year’s Prince and Princess Snowflake are crowned.
Aside from the hockey and skating action at the Arena, Chesterville Winter Carnival activities take place at the village Legion, where children are also set to enjoy the Saturday kids’ dance (11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.), prior to that afternoon’s popular annual euchre tournament (12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
Saturday night’s age-of-majority dance and live music show features none other than Great Scott on stage. But before the boys rip into the classic AC/DC tunes, Carnival-goers can get a “whole lotta” nourishment at that evening’s ham supper put on by Christ Church United at the Legion (4:30-6:30 p.m.)
For those looking to get an early jump on the fun, the “How Well do You Know Your Town” scavenger hunt is already underway; the fourth in a series of clues planned through Saturday was posted online today (Feb. 3). (See the Facebook event below.)
And the planned fishing derby (Feb. 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) should reel in some anglers to this year’s Carnival in this Eastern Ontario village on the South Nation River.
“It’s such a nice thing that people are showing up for these events,” said North Dundas Mayor Tony Fraser at last year’s Carnival. “The joy I get out of it, besides the sense of community, is to support the volunteers and all the work they put into it,” added the mayor, who grew up in Chesterville. “Without their efforts, where would all these people be?”
Below, the official 2020 Chesterville Winter Carnival Schedule.