Kagawong Winterfest to take place this weekend

KAGAWONG—Plans are underway for the annual Kagawong Winterfest scheduled to take place Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22 in Ontario’s prettiest village.

The Winterfest schedule is chock full of activities with something for the entire family.

Organized by members of the Billings Recreation Committee, this year they have joined forces with Billings Economic Development (EDC) as well as Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Manitoulin Snowdusters and Northern Ontario Traction Kiting and Outdoor Adventure to name just a few.

On Friday evening music lovers can check out Folk Roots Collective, which is the first public concert as the kickoff to Winterfest comprised of local players. The group offers up a selection of their favourite songs by some of the greatest songwriters past and present. Donations are welcome, which will go towards building of the proposed performance stage as part of White Pine Walk.

A sure cure for cabin fever and those who have had just about enough of the white stuff will want to venture out to enjoy a full breakfast of pancakes, French toast, sausage, and eggs served up by members of EDC. This delicious menu is available starting at 8 am. The cost is $10.

Children of all ages are encouraged to come out for some crafts and activities starting at 10 am.

The second annual chili cook off invites everyone to try their hand at winning the contest which not only means bragging rights for a year but the people’s choice receives $50. Lunch menu includes a bottomless bowl of chili, roll, beverage and dessert for $8.

Sign up sheets for the mixed ball hockey tournament are available at Bridal Veil Esso (31 Main Street). Entry fee is $20 per team, winner takes the pot.

For those who prefer indoor activities a euchre tournament will be held beginning at 1 pm.

Door prizes include a two-man ice fishing hut generously donated by a member of the community.

Snowshoe demos will be led by the Auberge Inn and Hostel. For those thrill seekers, members of Northern Ontario Traction Skiing and Outdoor Adventure will give a demonstration and free lessons.

If you are not that adventurous, a big pile of snow will be available for sliding down.

For those who want to get warmed up after snowshoeing, skiing, sledding or playing ball hockey, members of the volunteer fire department will keep the fires burning outside near the skating surface.

Members of the OPP and Manitoulin Snowdusters will their safety tips/winter survival on the roads and trails.

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