Matilda Winter Carnival: great times just ahead

DIXON’S CORNERS – Great, good times lie just around the corner for all the residents of South Dundas and for visitors.

The Matilda Winter Carnival returns to the Matilda Hall and Brinston this Friday, January 19 and runs until Sunday, January 21. There’s something for everyone.

A full organizing committee, headed up by co-chairs of the Matilda Memorial Recreation Committee, Janice Froats and Tracey Yalden, want everyone to know that the “2018 Winter Carnival is going to be great fun for all. Let’s embrace winter and come out and enjoy the many events planned for the weekend.”

One event the committee is trying this year, with support from the Optimists Club, is a Kids’ Talent Show, scheduled at Matilda Hall for Friday night.

Unquestionably there are some really great singers, musicians and dancers out there in our community, and Carnival could be an opportunity for them to showcase that talent. However, unless more applications are received, there is a danger this event in the Carnival line up could be cancelled, and that would be a real loss.

Get those applications in!

Among the many fun events in the lineup for the 2018 Winter Carnival is a car rally, organized the Iroquois-Matilda Lions Club, assisted by the Amateur Radio Club. A Snowmobile Rally was planned but has been cancelled due to weather conditions.

The entertainment at Matilda Hall will be non stop on Saturday. From 2-6 p.m., the popular local group Wreckless will be performing live.

A delicious ham and scalloped potatoes dinner is going to be served up from 4-6 p.m., with take out available.

“We brought back a full dinner,” said Janice Froats, “because people remembered dinners from past Carnivals and asked for them again. The food will be great, cooked up by volunteer members of the community. The Iroquois Lions will also be running the bar for both the afternoon and the evening.”

No better way to cap off a day of driving and snowmobiling, or family skating on the Brinston Rink, than with a delicious meal!

And, beginning at 8 p.m., when the doors open at the Hall, Carnival fans can dance Saturday night away to the music of Eddy & The Stingrays. Eddy always puts on a great show.

And what better way to banish the winter blues?

Sunday morning, come out and enjoy a terrific pancake breakfast, with all the trimmings.

An added bonus: members of the Winchester Hawks Junior B Hockey team will be coming to South Dundas to join folks for the breakfast.

The Hawks players will sign autographs and then head to the Brinston rink to lead games and activities for the whole family from 1-3 p.m. Brinston General Store is also sponsoring a snowman contest at the park.

Rock My House will be on hand at the Hall Sunday morning during the Pancake breakfast. Smaller Carnival goers will have the fun of hearing music and seeing different kinds of instruments.

The entire 2018 Matilda Winter Carnival wraps up with an ecumenical service in the Hall, at 7 p.m., with Rev. Jon Martin of the Anglican Parish of South Dundas officiating.

The Matilda Winter Carnival is back again!

The hard working organizers have put together a weekend of non-stop fun, perfectly designed to throw off those winter woes.

Tickets for the dinner and dance are available at the Brinston General Store, or through recreation committee members. Dance only tickets are also available: South Mountain Scotiabank will match funds for tickets sold at their location.

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