Winter carnival in works for Hantsport, surrounding areas

Ashley Thompson
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Paul Morton intends to give people something to get off of the couch for this winter.

He’s organizing a Town of Hantsport Winter Carnival.

Morton, a town councillor serving his first term with the municipality, says he decided to get the event going again to remind people of all ages of the fun that can be had in winter weather.

“Hantsport has been without a winter carnival for a number of years and everybody complains about it, but nobody does anything. Now is my chance to step up and do something,” said Morton.

“I’m doing it for my kid and kids in general.”

The draft schedule Morton has worked out for the event includes such simple winter activities as a snowman and snow fort competition, community bonfire and sledding party.

“I want to see children do stuff outside instead of being stuck in front of the TV and computer games all winter.”

People wishing to participate in the snowman and snow fort contests are asked to call the town hall at (902) 684-3211 before Feb. 1 to ask the judges to drive by their property and check out their creation. Morton says the judges will travel within a 10-mile radius, and the contest is a go whether there is snow or not.

“If there is no snow, build a snowman out of hay or cardboard — as long as it is built.”

The Winter Carnival, featuring free activities for children from Hantsport and the neighbouring communities to enjoy, will begin with a dance and activity night at the Hantsport Fire Hall from 6-8:30 p.m. on Jan. 31.

The events planned for Feb. 1 include a pancake breakfast, lunch at the Hantsport School from noon to 2 p.m., a scavenger hunt at the Hantsport Memorial Community Centre Grounds from 2-4 p.m., skating from 1-8 p.m., a bonfire at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 8 p.m.

And Morton has a little something planned for the big kids, too.

There will be an adult casino night and auction at the Hantsport Fire Hall from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday night. The cost is $10 at the door, and that includes admission and playing money for the casino games. Guests can earn extra playing money by bringing a food bank donation. Money collected at the Casino Night will be used for new playground equipment at the school.

Sunday’s event will start a little later in the afternoon, with a sledding party on the hill at the community centre grounds getting underway around 1 p.m. The Blizzard Beach Snow Angel competition starts at 2 p.m.

Hot chocolate and treats will be available at Churchill House from 1:30-3 p.m. during a chocolate bar bingo.

Also on Sunday, Feb. 2, there will be a Hantsport versus Windsor hockey game at the outdoor rink on the Hantsport Memorial Community Centre grounds from 2-3:30 p.m. The hockey teams will be stacked with some familiar faces from each town.

This tentative schedule is subject to changes as the winter carnival draws near.

Morton, who is working on a zero-dollar budget, is looking for anyone who can get involved to get involved to ensure the weekend is a resounding success.

“The biggest thing is to get people out to help me do it and, if it goes well this year, it can be an annual event,” said Morton, who is looking for donations of prizes, treats or hotdogs from businesses, and volunteers to run the kids games of chaperon the dance.

“The more volunteers we have, the easier it is on everybody.”

To offer assistance, suggestions or donations e-mail Morton at or call the Hantsport Town Hall at (902) 684-3211.


Organizations: Hantsport School, Churchill House, Hantsport Town Hall Hantsport Memorial Community Centre

Geographic location: Hantsport, Hantsport Memorial Community Centre, Churchill House Nova Scotia

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