Winter carnival cancelled this year

Plans to revive the Fort Frances Winter Carnival have been set aside this year due to time constraints.
“It is with disappointment that the efforts to revive the winter carnival for this year have been abandoned,” Mayor Dan Onichuk said in a press release issued Friday morning.
“Commitments by numerous dedicated organizations and individuals were in place, however there is not enough time to get through necessary insurance approvals and other logistical matters,” he added.
Local groups including the Lions Club and the Legion ladies auxiliary had agreed to participate, as well as the Fort Frances BIA and the Rainy River Future Development Corp.
The organizing committee had envisioned a two- or three-day event, including a bonfire, skating, a candlelight cross-country ski, snowmobile rides, and a pancake breakfast.
The committee even had suggested a rematch of the Sister City Snowshoe race against council members of International Falls.
Possible locations for the carnival included the St. Francis Sportsfield on McIrvine Road and the school yard at the old Sixth Street School.
While the carnival will not take place this year, Mayor Onichuk noted it may come back next year.
“All of the organizations and people who tried to pull this together and many others are looking forward to focusing on next year,” he noted.
“With the support of International Falls Mayor Shawn Mason, the idea of a combined event will be part of the plans.”
Mayor Onichuk wanted to especially thank the efforts of (Wild) Bill O’Leary.
“His dedication over the past two months has revived a desire and commitment in many people and organizations to resurrect a winter carnival in Fort Frances,” the mayor remarked.