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Tyne Valley Winter Carnival returns for another year of (hopefully) snow-filled fun

Hundreds of people attended an outdoor night skate organized by the Tyne Valley Winter Carnival last year. Organizers are again hoping for a big turnout at the event this Sunday and that the weather cooperates.
Hundreds of people attended an outdoor night skate organized by the Tyne Valley Winter Carnival last year. Organizers are again hoping for a big turnout at the event this Sunday and that the weather cooperates. - Submitted

The Tyne Valley Winter Carnival is returning for an encore performance following its successful revival in 2017.

The community event had been defunct for a number of years before a group of locals decided to revive it last year. It was well received, so organizers were happy to bring it back for 2018, from Feb. 9 to 11.

“It’s a big event,” said Adam MacLennan, vice-chairman of the Tyne Valley Oyster Festival, which is the parent organization of the winter festival.

“It’s all about getting kids outside, about bringing families together and it’s something that our volunteers are great at doing.”

Some of the carnival’s events include pajamas and a free movie at Britannia Hall from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, crafts and games at the Tyne Valley Public Library from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday and outdoor skating on the pond, with free sakes, helmets and hot chocolate, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., on Sunday. A full list of events can be found on the Tyne Valley Oyster Festival’s Facebook page.

MacLennan added that the success of the winter festival is due to the dedication of the oyster festival’s Kids Day Committee, which has organized the revived event.

It just goes to show what a dedicated group of people can accomplish in a small community, he said.

“Whether it’s the oyster festival in the summertime or now with the winter carnival going strong each year, it gets people to realize that good things happen in Tyne Valley and good things can happen in rural P.E.I.”

Colin.MacLean@JournalPioner.com

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