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Nolan Perry, aged 5, attempts to throw a festive fir tree.
Evan MacFarlane tests his lumberjack skills.
Barbegazi, a winter action sports event, had people young and old participate in its fun challenges and games at the Credit Union Place in Summerside on Saturday.
Courtney Arsenault, from left, and her sister Katrina test their sawing strength. “It’s the first time for us holding a saw, but we’re going to do another round of axe throwing and probably the snow hill,” said Katrina. She continued, “I have done axe throwing before for my bachelorette party. There’s a technique behind throwing the axe, you pull it back and don’t bend your arm. It’s pretty fun and one of my favourites.”
Colin MacIntyre conquers the obstacle course on a 'fat' tire bicycle. “It’s my first time on a bike like this and I was really impressed by the experience,” he said.
Keira Carruthers flies down the hill on her sled.
Luke MacKinnon, from left, arm wrestles Evan MacFarlane as part of the fun outdoor activities.
Nolan Perry, from left, with his sister Gillian, and the mythical creature Barbegazi.
Faruk Can tackles the custom course for (fat) tire biking for the first time. The large tires of the bicycle allow for better handling on the unstable ground such as snow.
Family and Human Services Minister Tina Mundy had a blast axe-throwing.
Claire Ashley, from left, Ellie MacLeod, Kate MacKenzie, Mitchell Cormier, and Duke Cormier make maple syrup snow candy.
Festival-goers brace the cold to roast marshmallows.
Brayden Carruthers sails down the hill on his sled.
Madison Forster, from left, and her sister Lauren enjoy the indoor bouncy castles. “This is great,” motioned Chelsea Perry to her two daughters having fun.
There were no shortage of activities and challenges for all members of the family to enjoy
SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. - A new festival packed winter action sports and family activities together like a perfect snowball at the Credit Union Place (CUP) on Saturday.
Barbegazi, or frozen beard, was a “fantastic event” to get people out and active during the winter, said Summerside’s sport and event tourism coordinator Ryan Steele.
Steele said the event saw a great crowd, with sledding races in particular being a hit with the kids.
The winner of Saturday’s race even won a year-long membership to the Credit Union Place, said Steele.
“So we’re trying to get as many kids to come,” said Steele.
Some of the activities included; “fat tire” biking, skating, human curling, lumberjack games, sledding, tree and axe throwing, arm wrestling, a magic show, inflatables, bowling, swimming and more.
“There’s so much happening – and it’s all free,” said Steele.
Gina MacKinnon watched her two sons saw their way to victory before moving on to the arm-wrestle station.
“We came yesterday and had a blast. The temperature was a lot warmer than today and my sons participated in all the activities and had lots of fun,” she said. “But we came back today to participate in the arm-wrestling competition.”
Fire pits scattered on the outside grounds brought warmth, along with an opportunity to roast marshmallows and sip hot chocolate.
Lisa Arsenault had a festive maple syrup snow candy station that gathered lots of interest.
“We purchased our maple syrup from New Brunswick and boiled it down. Duke Cormier set up the bench here and spread ice over. We then poured the syrup on the ice watching it harden and gave customers the opportunity to make their own candy with a popsicle stick,” she said.
Adjacent to the maple station was a sledding hill that had a line of kids eagerly waiting their turn.
“It’s a great day even though it is very cold, but the snow hill is my kid’s favourite activity,” announced Carrie Lavers as she watched them sail down one by one.
The festival for all-ages wrapped up with the carving of snow sculptures outside the facility at 8 p.m.