Monday, August 3, 2015

Nestor Falls winter carnival promises fun

It is sure to be a fun-filled weekend in Nestor Falls as the community hosts its 32nd-annual winter carnival this weekend.
Even though the event has been cut back from a three-day festival to a two-day one, recreation committee member Howard Dodd said there still will be plenty to do.

“We really have a lot of things going on Saturday,” he remarked, noting the old favourites remain but they some new activities also have been added.
The day kicks off with the popular fish derby, which runs from 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
The entry fee is $10/person, with tickets on sale at the Angler’s Pro Shop and Nestor Falls Bait and Tackle, as well as at the community hall that day.
The fish derby participants’ prize draw is a Humminbird Ice-55 fish finder.
Meanwhile, viewing and voting for the photo and snow sculpture contests will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the community hall.
Those interested in entering those events are asked to contact Selene LeBlanc at 484-2639 or for more information.
Also from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. is snow golf on Pine Lake ($5/person) and a scavenger hunt for teams of four ($5/person).
Sleigh rides, provided by Phil and Cindy Haggberg, will be offered from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The canteen will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the hall, with a cash bar opening at 11 a.m.
Also getting underway at 11 a.m. will be the cribbage tournament, with an entry fee of $10/team, and free games for children at the Nestor Falls Curling Club.
Dodd noted some of the new events this year include a free “Ralphie The Clown” show for children and a skijoring demonstration (a winter sport where a person on skis is pulled by a dog sled team).
All the event awards and attendance prize draws will be given out at the hall starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
As usual, everyone who participated in an event where there was an entry fee will be entered to win the “all-participants’ draw,” with this year’s big prize being a $500 Visa gift card.
Saturday’s events will be capped with a dance from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., featuring music by the Nite Hawks.
There is a cover charge of $10 and age-of-majority is required.
North Air Services will provide a taxi service.
“It’s going to be a very busy day,” Dodd remarked.
The carnival will wrap Sunday will be an “all-you-can-eat” pancake and sausage breakfast, running from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the community hall.
This will be followed by a ball hockey tournament starting at noon at the Nestor Falls Hotel.
Call Jamie (276-0260) or Steve (276-5337) for more information.
Dodd said he’s very pleased to see the carnival come together for another year.
“We were down to just four members remaining on the rec committee,” he noted, saying a poster was put up stating more members were needed at the next meeting in order for the carnival to go.
“And we were very pleased with the turnout,” he added.
“We got some former members that are joining back with the rec committee this year and we got the Nestor Falls hockey team helping us out.
“And the breakfast is being done by the Sioux Narrows/Nestor Falls Fire Department,” Dodd said.
“So I’m very glad that we got this amount of people to help us out this year,” he remarked, stressing you can’t stage a carnival with just four or five people.
“It’s just too few people to do it.”
Dodd also is pleased to see the Nestor Falls Winter Carnival continue at a time when many communities across the region have lost theirs.
“It’s good for the community overall because it brings in business to our restaurants, it brings in business to our hotel and motel,” he reasoned.
“It’s just been a long-term tradition and it’s a great weekend,” Dodd enthused.
“It’s a weekend of fun activities for the whole family.”
For more information about the winter carnival, call 484-2639 or visit

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