TYNE VALLEY – Mother Nature helped the Tyne Valley Winter Carnival survive a meltdown, with an eleventh hour burst of cold weather and a bit of snow layered on top.
“We were worried early in the week before the carnival,” admitted sculpture contest organizer Ashley Bishop. But the timing of the change in conditions turned out to be perfect with a temperature drop and several centimeters of snow enhancing the activities.
“We had a moonlit snowshoe event Saturday evening that we had to delay for half an hour to re-groom the trail.”
But the event was all the better for it, she noted.
The extra layer of snow was also a bonus for Saturday’s snowmobile run and the Sunday afternoon horse-and-sleigh rides.
The change of conditions encouraged a lot of last-minute activity, especially among the 26 contestants entered into the community snow sculpture contest who wanted to refresh colour and form before judges passed by.
“The sculptures were above and beyond expectations,” Bishop assessed.
Attendance reflected the heightened spirits a mid-winter carnival is designed to inspire.
Tyne Valley Oyster Festival Snow Sculpture Contest
- 3 Little Piggies and the Big Bad Wolf – Tyne Valley Play School
- Go! Canada – Kenley and Graydon Noye of East Bideford
- Pinky the Pig – Callie MacDonald, Cheyanne Gillis of Western Road
- Eamon Clark, 2017 Canadian Oyster Shucking Champ – Ronnie’s Pearls
- Duck Race – Bob Noye
- Roll Up The Rim Maple Donut with Sprinkles – Dystant Road Neighbours
- Confederation Bridge – Brian Strongman, Melissa Oatway, Madeline and Emerson Strongman
- Forbes House Cobra – Jeff Noye, Carrie MacLellan, Hunter and Erin Sparkes
- Ford’s Fantastic February Family Fire – Andrea, Stacy, Addison, Sophie, and Cohen Ford.
- Breaking News: East Bideford Sea Monster Eats Oystermobile and Kids -Leslie Hardy and Sons
- Big Truck - Primary Electric, East Bideford
- Ski Doo – Dennis Motors, Ellerslie
Community Spirit Awards:
Most Spirited Family / Group – Maynard Brothers for fundraising
Most Spirited Youth – Aliya Ellis for posters and artwork around the community
Most Spirited Business – Ellerslie Rite Stop for donations to winter carnival