Cold didn’t put freeze on fun in Nestor Falls
It might have felt like minus-40 C outside but that didn’t stop people from enjoying fun-filled activities and entertainment during the 32nd-annual Nestor Falls Winter Carnival over the weekend.
“I think it went very well,” enthused Howard Dodd, a member of the Nestor Falls recreation committee which stages the annual event.
“And between 4-5 p.m. on Saturday, it was, as always, packed full of people.”
He stressed the weather didn’t seem to affect attendance for most of the events.
“I’ve never kept actual track but I know it’s one of the coldest carnivals I’ve ever attended,” Dodd admitted.
“But overall there was a good group of people who turned out.”
He noted the cold temperatures did mean some of the planned activities didn’t take place.
“Can’t blame people—they don’t want to go out and snow golf in that kind of weather,” Dodd conceded, noting there were no entries in the scavenger hunt.
And the sleigh ride had to be cancelled because it was too cold for the horses.
“But other than that, ‘Ralphie the Clown’ was a big hit with the kids and everything went really, really well,” he stressed.
Dodd said youngsters took part in activities both indoors and outdoors.
There also was a cribbage tournament, blind curling, a photo contest, the ever-popular fishing derby, a ball hockey tournament, and a dance featuring music by The Nite Hawks, as well as plenty of prizes, fun, food, and socializing.
“I want to thank my fellow members of the rec committee,” Dodd said, adding the more than 60 individuals and businesses who helped sponsor the winter carnival also need to be recognized.
“We all got through the weekend and are all looking forward to doing it another year,” he enthused.
One of the big wins of the weekend went to Darren Bragg of Stratton, who took home the all-participants’ draw prize—a $500 Visa gift card.
Dave Rudolph of Nestor Falls took home $100 for placing first in the photo contest.
The winners of blind curling were Reo Walton, Dwayne Johnson, Finn Chalupsky, and Danni Mainville, who will have their names engraved on a plaque donated by Monique’s Log Cabin and The Watson Family.
And the winner of the ball hockey tournament was “The Baboon Bandits” team (Onegaming), earning $100 for their efforts.
Meanwhile, first place in this year’s cribbage tournament went to the team of Amy Kelly and Kelvin Kelly (Onegaming), with the team of Gladys Jolicouer (Stratton) and Cynthia Cave (Barwick) taking second.
In third place was the team of Susan Kelly and Sam Prince (Onegaming) while the team of Wayne Helliar and Deb Moate (Nestor Falls) came fourth.
The team of Doris Valliant and Kathy Brown (Nestor Falls) took home a consolation prize.
When it came to Saturday’s fishing derby, it was Lenny Parks of Onegaming who captured first place in the northern category.
Gary Tolen (Nestor Falls) was second while third place was captured by Hailey Beaudry (Fort Frances).
Chicago Ched (Chicago, Ill.) reeled up the biggest walleye, followed by Carol Boissoneau (Sioux Narrows) in second and Chris Frenette (Sioux Narrows) third.
In the crappie division, it was Paul Morrison (Fort Frances) who came in first place, followed by Bryan Hughes (Devlin).
No lake trout were entered in this year’s derby and prizes designated for this were handed out as attendance prizes.
When it came to the big prizes for the participants’ draw for the fishing derby, Samantha Brown (Nestor Falls) won the Humminbird Ice55 Flasher.
Pam Gibson (Fort Frances) took home the second prize of a six-man ice-fishing shelter.