Successful comeback instills confidence in Carnival’s future

DIXON’S CORNERS – “It’s been a great revival of the carnival,” said Matilda Memorial Recreation Committee co-chair Cindy Peters at Sunday’s breakfast event.

Having served 70 pounds of sausage that morning, having welcomed 200 folks to Saturday night’s dance, and having 152 signed up for Saturday’s car rally, all after a Friday night talent show that featured nine young entertainers playing to a crowd of over 100, it’s safe to say that the carnival was a success.

“It will be back again next year,” said Peters.

Although it will likely have new committee chairs for next year, Peters and her co-chair Chad De Jong are confident that with over a dozen active volunteers, the fall pig roast and winter carnival will happen again next year.

“People are happy to have the carnival back, and I’m happy to see it back too,” said Peters.

De Jong said he was blown away, not only with the strong crowd Friday night for the youth talent show.

“And, the talent we have here is amazing,” he added.

The only part of the carnival that didn’t work out was the weather dependent activities.

Although there was little snow remaining and deteriorating ice Sunday afternoon, organizers made the best of it, playing the outdoor games that they could. Parachute games and novelty curling among them for the 10 kids that attended.

“We did the best we could with what we had to work with,” said De Jong, who has been able to maintain fairly good ice at the outdoor rink for most of this inconsistent winter.

As is tradition, the weekend of activities wrapped up Sunday evening with an ecumenical church service led by Rev. Valerie VandeWiele.

All funds raised go back into the community for future park upgrades and events.