Winter carnival promises to be ‘bigger, better’

It’s the 25th anniversary of the Nestor Falls Winter Carnival and the community’s recreation committee has planned a jammed-packed weekend (March 1-3).
“It’s the big one this year,” noted rec committee member Howard Dodd. “So we’ve got some new events planned, as well as some of the regular activities.
“It’s going to be a busy weekend.”
One new event will be a “Survivor”-style contest, which will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m.
“We’re looking for teams of two to enter the competition,” explained organizer Kiley Hanson, adding teams are requested to sign-up on Saturday at the community hall.
“It’s going to start off as a team event, with the teams of two, but in the end they will be competing as individuals,” she indicated.
“So it will be elimination-style.
“And also, in the end, we’ll have a jury in tribal council—the people who had been eliminated previously—determining who will be the winner.”
Hanson noted the contest will consist of a series of challenges—and some will be physically demanding.
“But it will all be really fun,” she enthused. “We’re hoping for a good response for the event. It sounds like a lot of people think it’s a good idea.”
Participants of all ages are welcome.
Another new event will take place Friday evening—a karaoke contest called “A Toonie for a Tune.”
Music will be provided by Yowza Music Services.
The event will run until 9 p.m., following the “Some Like it Hot” chili cook-off which begins at 6 p.m. A cash bar also will be available from 6-9 p.m.
Saturday’s activities start bright and early with the popular fishing tournament, which will run from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. sharp.
The entry fee is $10 per person, with tickets available at Angler’s Pro Shop, Nestor Falls Bait and Tackle, and Dalseg’s.
For ice road conditions, call 484-2103.
Other events Saturday include a poker derby by snowmobile or vehicle from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ($5 fee), a cribbage tournament beginning at 10 a.m. ($5), and blind curling at the curling rink from 1-3 p.m. ($5 fee).
As well, the “Great Nestor Falls Scavenger Hunt” is back on the schedule this year.
“It was a big hit last year,” Dodd remarked, noting it was a new activity in 2006. “People had a lot of fun doing it.”
There is a $5 fee to participate in the hunt, which will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday. Rules will be posted at the community hall.
Also on Saturday will be kids’ games from 10 a.m.-noon at the Nestor Falls School while free sleigh rides—featuring a team of real horses—will be offered throughout the day beginning at noon.
The night will end with a dance from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Music will be provided by Yowza Music Services and a $5 cover change will apply.
Age of majority will be strictly enforced.
But the fun doesn’t stop there.
“We’re still going to have the all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on Sunday morning,” noted Dodd, adding the food will be served from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at a cost of $2/person.
Seniors and kids under 12 eat for free.
Then before the “Survivor” contest begins, the fifth-annual hockey skills Competition will take to the ice from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
“There will be an all-events participants grand prize draw on Sunday, too,” said Hanson.
Anyone who takes part in a $5 event automatically will have their name entered into the draw for a 20” flat-screen Sony TV, donated in part by Sight & Sound in Fort Frances.
There also is a 50/50 draw and the chance to win numerous other prizes.
“We couldn’t do what we do if it wasn’t for the help from all the businesses in the area,” Dodd stressed. “We get donations from Sioux Narrows through Nestor Falls, Emo, Fort Frances.
“All over people offer their help.”
He added sweatshirts and T-shirts with the winter carnival logo will be available for purchase.
“We’re really trying to build it up for the 25th year,” Dodd remarked. “And it’s not just for people in Nestor Falls. People come from all over.”
And he’s expects this year will be no different.
“I’m just hoping the weather stays like this and I’m sure we’ll see a lot of people out,” he noted.
“I think this little bit of snow we had will help things out, too,” Hanson said. “It will just make it feel like a winter carnival.
“We’ve had years where it’s felt like spring, so the extra snow is nice.”
For more information about the winter carnival, call 484-2772 or visit