Sackville set to host Winterfest this weekend

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Annual event features variety of family fun activities

Visitors to last year’s Winterfest activities at Beech Hill Park in Sackville enjoy an old-fashioned sleigh ride.

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By Katie Tower

TC Media

SACKVILLE, N.B. – If you’re looking for a way to beat the winter blues this year, Sackville will be the place to be this weekend.

The town is getting set to host its annual Winterfest, featuring a three-day line-up of activities and events designed to bring the community together to celebrate the season and get active.

From sledding and skating to skiing and sipping hot chocolate, the weekend is packed full of events to suit just about everyone’s tastes.

“We’re looking forward to getting families out, to enjoy the winter weather and to have some fun,” said Rebekah Cant, director of community development, programming and tourism for the town.

Cant said town staff are hoping for more snow before the weekend to help out with the sledding hills and sleigh rides on Saturday, although she noted the other activities will still go on without more of the white stuff. They are also hoping for cool (not cold!) winter temperatures throughout the three days of events.

“We’re crossing our fingers that the weather is on our side,” she said.

Environment Canada is calling for sunny skies on Friday and Saturday, with temperatures ranging from a high of -6 to a low of -11 throughout the day. Sunday’s forecast is calling for -4 with possible flurries.

Sackville’s Winterfest activities kick off on Friday afternoon (Feb.1) with a luncheon at the Legion. During the luncheon, the Crown of Winterfest winner will be announced.

Later that evening, an outdoor skate will take place under the lights at Lillas Fawcett Park from 6-8 p.m., complete with music, hot chocolate and a bonfire.

“That’s always fun. Everyone always enjoys an outdoor skate,” said Cant.

On Saturday, the festivities will continue with a day full of family fun.

Festival-goers can get off to a good start with a full breakfast at the Sackville Lions Den. Then, everyone is invited to come out and cheer on their favorite teams participating in this year’s Curl for Cancer fundraiser at the local curling club. Or they can take part in the Tantramar ATV club’s winter poker run.

The fun will continue at the Winterfest Family Fun Day at Beech Hill park, from 1-4 p.m., featuring an afternoon of sliding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, snow croquet, parachute games, maple taffy-making, a scavenger hunt, and more.

“We’ve got lots of great things planned there,” she said.

Cant said Beech Hill is the prime location to host an event like this.

“It’s such a beautiful hill there and such a nice view. There’s usually a really great turnout for this event.”

That evening, people are invited to take in some musical entertainment at Hee Haw Karaoke at the Legion or listen to some blues music at George’s Roadhouse when the Harrison Kennedy Band takes the stage.

The Winterfest activities continue on Sunday with a free movie at the Vogue at 1 p.m., an international tea event hosted by the multicultural association at the curling club at 2 p.m., and a free family skate at the civic centre at 3 p.m.

Most events throughout the weekend are free but some events do require registration or charge admission. Check the ad in this week’s Sackville Tribune-Post or visit the town website at www.sackville.com for more information.

Organizations: Environment Canada, Vogue

Geographic location: Beech Hill, Lillas Fawcett Park

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