Dorset hosts one of the best Winter Carnivals in the Province. All you need for admission is a button!
The main street of the town shuts down to traffic, opens up to people, and the party gets underway and lasts all day.
And what a spectacular day. Bright, sunny, warm, it was perfect for getting the kids (and adults!) outside to celebrate winter.
Never a shortage of things to do, the Snowball provides sleigh rides, hot air balloon rides, food booths, minnow races, stone carving classes, chainsaw carving demonstrations and old time woodworking demonstrations, snow snakes, stiltwalkers, family skating, and more. Much more.
Jane shows up with her llama and her day old baby -- a huge hit with the kids! The rest of the year, you can find them at the Nordic Inn.
Brad brought out his broadaxe, double saw, drill press and other tools to get folks involved in some old time construction techniques.
Andy (he of the Perfect Winter Hat!) Ruth and Penny roll in with the magical little Kitty Kat snowmobiles, set up a track, and supervise the tiny
set as they roar about.
Down at the other end of the town, the 'big dogs' are out with their sleds, running the open water. They're called Puddlejumpers, and if you click here you can watch them! (there are other names for them, too... anyone who runs an expensive snowmobile over such a long distance of open water must expect to get a few adjectives hung on them.) And they do run a long distance of open water.
Still, they make a great show for the sleds gathered on the lake to watch, and for the spectators up on the bridge, or those enjoying the sleigh ride with the Anderson's team of Percherons, who cross the bridge over the 'jumpers...
Next weekend, it's Dwight turn, when the 40th Annual Dwight Winter Carnival kicks into gear!
Hats off to all the folks who pull together to make these Community carnivals so wonderful for so many!