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Beat the Winter Blues with Winter FunFest

by Shanine Sealey

As many of us wait patiently for warmer weather and walking without the fear of falling, the City of Martensville Recreation Department is busy working on a way to help the community beat their winter blues! The annual Winter FunFest is quickly approaching and there will be something provided for everyone.

This family friendly event will take place on February 3rd from 2:00pm to 6:30pm at the North Ridge Community Centre and in the surrounding areas outside. A wide range of all ages activities will be available such as; inflatables, slap shot hockey, bean bag toss, soap carving, balloon fun, clowns, skating, hot dog roast, scavenger hunt, street hockey, sleigh rides, and much more. The event will end with the ever-popular bonfire and fireworks, beginning at 6:00pm.

A new addition this year will be Schlocky, which will be located outside within Kinsmen Park. This is available due to the hard work of employees for the City of Martensville who handmade a schlocky surface. “It is a variation of an outside mini hockey game but you use something similar to a ringette stick. We had seen it done in other communities and decided that we wanted to do it,” City of Martensville Program Coordinator, Karly Russin said. Other new additions will include an axe throwing demonstration and Singing with Sylvia, an interactive musical experience for kids.

Winter FunFest will include both indoor and outdoor activities, so everyone can come and enjoy themselves. “There is something for everyone to do. The little ones can come play in the toddler area and older kids can go outside and play. We wanted to provide as many fun winter activities as we could,” Russin added.

The event, which is held with the support of sponsorship, is one of the biggest events of the year held by the City of Martensville. No admission fee is required; however donations will be accepted and all proceeds will go towards Martensville KidSport.

Russin added that they are still looking for volunteers to help run the various events that are offered throughout the event. If you are interested in volunteering a portion of your time, contact Russin at specialevents@martensville.ca.

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