“It’s just a fun night. It’s something we like to do for the community because the community does a lot for us.” – Eddie Cole
SACKVILLE, N.B. – It’s an annual winter tradition that brings the community together every year for some family-friendly fun on the ice. And it’s set to go once again this year.
The Sackville Fireman’s Winter Carnival will be held Saturday, March 22 at the Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Centre, with hundreds of people anticipated to come out in their finest costumes, lace up their skates and hit the ice as they vie for the many prizes donated by local businesses.
“It’s just a fun night,” said firefighter Eddie Cole, who has served with the Sackville Fire Department for more than 19 years and is helping to organize this year’s event. “It’s something we like to do for the community because the community does a lot for us.”
Cole said the carnival, which is celebrating 105 years in 2014, has withstood the test of time, mainly because it has remained true to its initial goal – “it was started by the fire department as a social gathering for people and families to dress up and get out in the community, for a very small fee.”
Cole encourages everyone to come on out for the evening, to “get some exercise while enjoying time with family and friends.” This year’s theme is the Olympics.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are only 50 cents each for the event, the same price that participants and spectators have paid for more than three decades when the cost went up from a quarter. Many people tend to purchase more tickets than required for admission, however, as they also serve as door prize tickets for the evening.
As in previous years, plenty of prizes are up for grabs, including the main one this year of a TV entertainment system. The prizes are donated by local merchants, who are very supportive of the event year after year, said Cole.
“They are very generous in their support. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to put on this event,” he said.
Costumes are required to be worn on the ice and helmets are strongly recommended. Cole said it’s fun to see families and individuals come up with some original and well-thought-out costumes.
“You can usually tell the ones who’ve put some work into it.”