Winter carnival moving ahead

Things are looking up for a little beaver named Li’l Amik.
The committee that had been looking to resurrect the Li’l Amik Winter Carnival here met last night to discuss activities and possible venues—and found they have enough to fill a day and an evening.
“It looks positive,” said Geoff Gillon of the Rainy River Future Development Corp.
The committee outlined a schedule of events beginning on the evening of Friday, Feb. 25 and ending the following night (Feb. 26).
Tentative plans include an official opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on the Friday with the singing of “O Canada,” followed by skating, a candlelight cross-country ski, snowmobile rides, and a bonfire.
Then the Saturday will feature more skating and snowmobile rides, sleigh rides, and a rematch of the snowshoe race between the councils of Fort Frances and International Falls that had taken place over there last week.
Some committee members also suggested indoor activities like board games to give people a chance to warm up.
Other activities that will be held in conjunction with the carnival include a Li’l Amik Bingo on the Thursday night by the Lions Club, a pancake breakfast at the Royal Canadian Legion on the Saturday, and tubing and sledding at the Little Beaver Snow Park.
While the committee originally had planned a three-day event, the group felt it may be better to concentrate their efforts on filling two days with activities, then perhaps plan a larger event for the following year when there’s more time to put it together.
In terms of location, the committee initially had considered the St. Francis Sportsfield on McIrvine Road, but last night suggested asking the Rainy River District School Board for permission to use the lot at Sixth Street School.
It is close to the cross-country ski trails as well as an outdoor skating rink.
Besides landing permission for a venue, the committee also said it needs to get information regarding liability insurance.
The group also is looking into vendors to provide food and refreshments at the festival site.
Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the carnival can call Bill O’Leary at 274-2219, or can leave a message at the Civic Centre.