Craft Fair, Toboxins and Galas, Oh My!

Lynsey Kitching
 

Austin and Anna prepare for a toboxin race. Lynsey Kitching photo.
 
What a wonderful weekend it was for a winter carnival. Events started on Thursday with a scavenger hunt and bingo at the Senior’s Centre. The party kept rolling into the weekend with a crib tournament during the day and the youth dance on the Friday night. On Saturday the craft sale took over the upstairs of the community centre as the Pre-novice hockey tournament ripped it up on the ice.
 
Though there was a poor turnout for the scavenger hunt, the crib tournament brought out about ten participants and there were at least 20 ready to shout out BINGO!
 
The organizers of the scavenger hunt think that to improve turn out for the scavenger hunt next year, perhaps keep the event inside the community centre and do a little more advertising.
The pancake breakfast also seemed to have drawn a good crowd.
 
During the craft fair, though the noise from the jungle gym was a little overbearing at first, but when the live music started playing, the vibe was just right. The organizers of the craft fair think the music helped bring shoppers down to end of the craft show.
 
After a break to head home and get all gussied up, fun was had by all who came out to the Masquerade gala at the Community Centre. Awesome costumes, glitter, masks and dance moves encapsulated the night. There were prizes for the best male and female Masquerade attire, a cash balloon grand prize of $300 and four other $50 balloon draw prizes.
The Masquerade Gala was a great success this year, as part of the Winter Carnival. It was hosted by the Tumbler Ridge Community Arts Council and co-sponsored by the District of Tumbler Ridge.
 
One of the organizers Erin Hanna says, “Following suit from last year’s Mardi Gras theme, the citizens of Tumbler Ridge glammed up and wore wonderful costumes, masks and a lot of glitter. The Masquerade, as a theme though, went over very well and could become an annual event. Everyone had a really great time, enjoying an evening of fun and formal dress.”
Attendance was about 52, with an additional six people on site for help with the event. Unfortunately the cash balloon fundraiser was unsuccessful and event coordinator Erin Hanna is hesitant to commit to the balloon idea again.
 
The scene and beautiful weather for Sunday’s events were found at the golf course. As the Toboxin’s slowly trickled in, all were surprised by the awesome turn out, and the amazing racing creations!
 
Teck was on hand giving out free hot chocolate and goodies.
 
Organizer for the Toboxin’ race Joy Mackay says, “The Toboxin’ race was an awesome hit! Fourteen participants showed up and that was great to see. They were all so excited.”
 
The plan is to grow this event next year and get some adult categories included.
 
Ideas for next year’s winter carnival include setting up a snowshoe race, a lego building contest, and potentially dog sled rides, though these ideas will all take some planning, but would be wonderful additions to the event!