Excitement was the buzz word at the Horsefly Board of Trade meeting this week.
After the plug about our Winter Carnival on the Tuesday, Jan. 25 Rick Mercer Show on CBC, the phone lines between the outside world and Horsefly have been burning up.
Things get warmed up Saturday Jan. 29 at the Anvil Pub with a golf-putting contest from 3 to 5 p.m. followed in the evening with open mic night.
All the events are chosen, the routes laid out, the aggregate point system designed, and the volunteers signed up for the main events which happen on Sunday, Jan. 30.
Start times will be on the hour beginning at 10 a.m. for the poker run cross country ski event on Sunday which runs until 2 p.m.
There will also be sleigh rides, a scavenger hunt, ice or snow sculpture contest, snow soccer, polar bear run (wear shorts and a T-shirt under your clothes), snow taffy, and bannock making for the kids.
Adults are eligible for the polar bear run. The meeting place for sign ups is in the centre of town at the bon fire.
Horsefly Iron Man event will include bench building contest, (hammer, saw and nails supplied); pot boiling contest, (water, wood, and pot supplied); schmoo race, (schmoo sticks supplied); puck shooting contest, sand bag relay; and a log tossing contest.
There will also be a tug-o-war.
There will be a huge bon fire with many local singers to entertain us, and when the benches are built, benches to sit on.
Clarke’s Store is giving out free coffee, and The Cornerhouse Café is sharing free hot chocolate.
There are many worthy prizes for competitors thanks to all of our local businesses. As Mr. Mercer said: it will be “A handyman’s Las Vegas” for a day. Please, bring your family out for what we hope will be the beginning of an annual winter tradition.