Festivities include skating, snowshoe and cross-country ski races, and the outdoor shinny hockey classic, along with ice golf putting, geocaching and demonstrations by the Fundy Blades Skating Club. The Kiwanis and Visitor Information Centres will provide warm-up zones and washrooms.
An outdoor food truck near the Kiwanis will sell sandwiches, hamburgers, deep-fried mac & cheese, poutine, potato bomber egg rolls, a kid’s special, and more.
The Golden Oldies Snowmobile Club will display a vintage Snowmobile Show & Shine with dozens of antique sleds. Master craftsman Rob Milner of Eternity Chainsaw Carvings will demonstrate the art of carving throughout the day and evening. Raffle baskets will raise funds for the Fundy Blades Skating Club and Hillsborough Drop-In (tickets available Feb. 17 at the Kiwanis Club).
The unofficial carnival mascot, Albert the Snowman, “Big Al,” was created by Doran and Ben Milton of Dawson Settlement. The 14-foot-tall creation is in Peace Park (Main St.). Visit the Albert County Winter Carnival Facebook page to see a complete schedule.
Submissions for the photo contest and winter-themed scrapbook page contest can be submitted for judging to the Hillsborough Village Office before February 16th at 4pm. Those wishing to compete in the events can register by contacting Hanna at the Village Office Monday-Friday during regular business hours at 734-3733 or write a message to Facebook@albertcountywinter-carnival
The Albert County Winter Carnival is proudly sponsored with financial support from Albert County Hardware, Beechill Auto Body, Crooked Creek Convenience, Fireside Home Heating, Hillsborough Golf Club, Leslie Tracy, Tidewater Physiotherapy, Green Coast Energy, SouthEastern Mutual (Jeff MacDougall), Down East Coffee, Baxter's Dairy, Hillsborough Freshmart, Longhorn Transportation, Bens Trophies and Awards, Brunswick Limestone, Hillsborough Service Centre and Kent.
The Albert County Winter Carnival is proudly supported with in-kind support by The Good Guys Brew Shoppe, Hopewell Rocks, Rainbow Seeds, Queens Farm, Golden Oldies Snowmobile Club, Downey Home Hardware Riverview, Frenchy's (Mountain Road), Global Pet Foods, Fundy Farms, Sobeys Riverview, Superstore Riverview, Kwik Kopy, Futura Signs and Wheaton's.
By Don Coleman, the organizer of the Albert County Winter Carnival.