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Weekend of Winter coming to Kentville Feb. 16-18

Memorial Park, where Kentville's Weekend of Winter will be set from Feb. 16-18.
Memorial Park, where Kentville's Weekend of Winter will be set from Feb. 16-18. - Sara Ericsson

Activities will include new sled and snow fort competitions, snowball fight

KENTVILLE, NS – The Town of Kentville’s Weekend of Winter is making a big return this year with a flurry of new events.

The town’s winter celebration is back this year from Feb. 16 to 18 at Memorial Park, and organizer Gillian Yorke, also a staff member of the town’s Parks and Recreation department, is feeling excited.

The activities are part of the town’s wider Kentville Plays initiative, intended to get kids and their families out and enjoying the weather, whether winter, summer, spring or fall.

Lilly Campell leaps into the air in hopes of landing on the “jump slide” she made at Miner’s Marsh as part of the Town of Kentville’s Weekend of Winter celebrations Feb. 18, 2017..
Lilly Campell leaps into the air in hopes of landing on the “jump slide” she made at Miner’s Marsh as part of the Town of Kentville’s Weekend of Winter celebrations Feb. 18, 2017..

“We’ve got some great events this year that people have seen before, but they’ve got some new twists,” she said.

These events include sledding in Memorial Park, where the majority of events will happen.

A sled building competition has been added to the docket this year, and teams of one or several members can join. The goal is to build the best sled in a unique style, whether that be to create a funky or fast model.

“We’re really encouraging creativity with this one,” said Yorke.

Contests for best snow fort and snow art will also be held.

This year’s biggest and most anticipated event, however, might just be the snowball fight organizers have planned for Saturday afternoon.

The event will, as always, kick off with sledding under the park’s baseball field lights.

Apple cider and a to-be-determined controlled bonfire under the watchful eye of the Kentville Fire Department will keep those watching feeling warm.

Snow forts are always a popular event at Kentville's Winter Weekend, and this year will feature a new element: a competition to see who builds the best fort.
Snow forts are always a popular event at Kentville's Winter Weekend, and this year will feature a new element: a competition to see who builds the best fort.

“There’s just something really nice about hot cider and a fire in the winter time,” said Yorke, who recommends people watch the events schedule to stay tuned to any changes that might happen.

The weekend will also include a Hike Nova Scotia walk – or snowshoe, depending on the weather – around The Gorge, open to all, and a fat biking demonstration, showing how biking with wider, thicker tires makes the activity possible during cold winter months.

“We’re trying to get people active, and outside. These are all things we used to do when we were kids – sledding, snowball fights and snow forts. It’s impossible not to have fun with it,” said Yorke.

Schedule of events (subject to change):

Friday, February 16th

6:30-8:30pm
Sledding under the Lights at Memorial Park
Hot apple cider available to warm up

Build your own sled and enter our Sled Contest!

Saturday, February 17th

10:00am
Hike Nova Scotia guided snowshoe through The Gorge and Fat Bike demonstration with Mike from Valley Stove and Cycle

12:00-2:30pm
Catch some Valley Wild girls hockey action at the Centennial Arena

3:00-7:00pm
Snow fort building competition, snow art, snow ball fight and sledding
Memorial Park

7:00-8:00pm
Free public skate at the Centennial Arena

8:00pm
Join in the fun of a high school hockey game at the centennial arena

Sunday, February 18th

4:00-5:00pm
Public Skate at Centennial Arena

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