Winterfest 2005

Some of you may have heard the buzz about a winter festival in Tumbler Ridge this year. February 2005 marks the inaugural Winterfest that is a pre-fest to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC and Whistler, BC.

Very pleased by the planning response, the coordinators (Tumbler Ridge Community Arts Council) have had good commitment from many local organizations. It is a delight to see the community so excited and willing to get in there and help with this. All events are organized separately by these organizations to pull it all together.

Subject to change, the schedule of events for our 2010 minus 5 is:

Friday, February 11th ?

Afternoon Snow Sculpting ? Roman Walkway ? Open to public (amateur). Organized by TR Public Library. Judging Friday night.

6:00-7:00 pm*Parade starting at caboose and heading down Front Street past the Library.

7:00 ?Opening Ceremonies ? Steps of Town Hall** – with guest speaker MLA Blair Lekstrom

All evening*Winterfest Madness (businesses open late) ? organized by Chamber of Commerce and TR District Economic Development Officer Ray Proulx.

Evening*Bonfire with hot dogs and hot chocolate, Snow Sculpture Judging ? Judging procedure handled by the TR Public Library.

*Snow sculpting judging.

Saturday, February 12th ?

Morning*Hockey Tournament ? Community Centre Arena – TR Minor Hockey Association. Starts at 8:00 or 9:00 and teams play alternately until 3:00 or 4:00 pm

*Pancake Breakfast ? Legion basement. Hosted by the Lion?s Club. 8:00am-12:00 noon.

*Breakfast at the Golf Course ? to coincide with the Dog Sled Races & other activities at the golf course.8:30 ? 10:30 am.

*Dog Sled Races ? Golf Course ? Sponsored by NRD (Northern Recreational Development). Races begin at 10:00 pm and go all day until dusk.

All Day*Public Curling events TR Curling Rink (Community Centre) – ? hosted by the TR Curling Club

*Snow Games ? alongside dog sled races at golf course ? Hosted by TR Scouts

*Home-based businesses Market Square ? Community Centre.

1:00-4:00 pm*Quilt Display ? Community Centre. Quilts created by Ridge Rippers Quilt Guild of TR.

6:30-8:00 pm

*Public Skate ? Community Centre Arena

8 pm-1 am

*Dance ? Band TBA. Doors open at 8:00. Band starts at 9:00pm. Rooms 4 & 5 Community Centre. Tickets can be purchased at front desk of Community Centre. For further information, please call 250-242-4246.

*Breakfast, lunch and supper will be available at the golf course, as well as several establishments, all located in the downtown area.

Sunday, February 13th ?

Morning*Hockey Tournament ? Community Centre Arena – TR Minor Hockey Association. Starts at 8:00 or 9:00 and teams play alternately until 3:00 or 4:00 pm. Winners announced and trophies awarded at the arena following the game. Winners also announced at Winterfest Closing Ceremonies

*Dog Sled Races ? Golf Course ? Sponsored by NRD (Northern Recreational Development). Races begin at 10:00 pm and go all day until races are finished.

Winners announced at golf course following end and also at Winterfest Closing Ceremonies.

11:00 am ? 12:00 pm *Cross Country Skiing fun sprints, etc. at the golf course, hosted by Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society (WNMS).

1:00-2:00 pm *Snow Shoeing event hosted by Scouts or Jr. Rangers, yet to be determined.

EveningFollowing the end of the dog sled races, Winterfest Closing Ceremonies will take place on the steps of the TR Town Hall**, where winners of the Minor Hockey Tournament and Dog Sled Races will be announced.

Contacts for each event can be requested from the Winterfest 2005 coordinators (the Tumbler Ridge Community Arts Council). Brian Bray 242-4333 email: tr_artscouncil@yahoo.com