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Andrew Pruden, The Valley Leader

This sledder was bowled over by the giant snow bowling pins during Ice Cube Bowling in King’s Park as part of the fun during the recent 3rd annual Carman Blizzard Fest.

This sledder was bowled over by the giant snow bowling pins during Ice Cube Bowling in King’s Park as part of the fun during the recent 3rd annual Carman Blizzard Fest.

Carman Blizzard Fest officials are happy to report this year’s festival was a resounding success.

The festival, Feb. 8 & 9, added events like dog sled races this year and the weather co-operated in more ways than one.

Blizzard Fest organizing committee chair Paul Clark said the number of attendees this year was one of the biggest signs of growth and success.

“This year for the festival we roughly doubled the number of people who came out, the weather was great, you can’t predict that, and it was cold enough for all the events,” Clark said.

He described this year as being the opposite of last year’s festival in terms of event popularity.

OUTDOOR EVENTS POPULAR

“Last year the indoor events were the most popular but this year it was mostly the outdoor events that got the most people,” Clark said. “It was cold enough for all events to go on but not too cold to keep people inside.”

He added that 2013’s event more resembled the inaugural festival than last year which was hampered by a mild winter and lack of snow.

The dog sled racing was indeed a hit with those who attended but many attendees didn’t just go to the races.

“Some of the really popular stops this year were of course dog sled racing but children’s curling was also very popular with people and hockey as well,” Clark said.

Clark and the rest of the Blizzard Fest organizing committee will continue to look outside the region for ideas when it comes to next year’s show.

LOOKING FOR NEW IDEAS

“We want to keep it new and exciting so we continue to review and expand. We advertised in Winnipeg and elsewhere and we want to continue to draw people to this high quality festival,” he explained.

The final night on Feb. 9 was capped off with an eye catching, breathe stealing fireworks show that was amplified by the cool winter air.

“It was one of the best I’ve ever seen, it was simply amazing.”

 

 

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