The organizers of Dunvegan’s 2018 Winter Carnival are hoping for favorable weather on Saturday, February 3. This year sees the addition of a brand new outdoor sport: Crockicurl. First introduced at the Forks Plaza in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 2016, the game is a mash-up of ice curling and the board game crokinole. The result is a life-sized version of crokinole that’s played on ice with light plastic curling rocks instead of crokinole “buttons.”
Crockicurl will join a raft of outdoor activities for the whole family… all held at 19314 County Road from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At the top of the list are the horse-drawn sleigh rides that meander through the back bush. Then there’s fresh-air skating on the frozen pond and sledding and tobogganing down the hill on to the pond ice. For younger carnival-goers, there’s our popular Backwoods Scavenger Hunt. This year the theme is equestrian and promises a special surprise ending. And don’t forget the 8th annual Snow Volleyball or “Snollyball” tournament or the First Nation reenactor, Carole Paigé, and her campfire stories of native folklore.
As a break from the outdoors, everyone is welcome to head to the farmhouse and warm up by the wood cook stove and enjoy a bowl of homemade soup and oven-fresh rolls. All of the outdoor activities and refreshments are free … and all are welcome.
To build up strength for all this outdoor fun, everyone is invited to start the day with a Country-Style Buffet Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Dunvegan Recreation (DRA) Hall, 19053 County Road 24. Featuring crispy bacon, succulent sausages, fluffy scrambled eggs, stacks of flapjacks drenched in real maple syrup, the meal is a great way to beat the mid-winter blues at only $8.00 (children 5 to 12 – $5.00).
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