Organizer pleased with Hantsport Winter Carnival turnout

Ashley Thompson
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Paul Morton is still receiving glowing praise from locals thrilled with the results of the Town of Hantsport’s revived winter carnival.

Morton organized a weekend full of events that brought people of all ages to the Haven of Hospitality from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.

The schedule included a games and video night for kids, snow creations competition, snow angel showdown, scavenger hunt, sledding party, chocolate bar bingo, community bonfire and fireworks.

And Morton managed to make it happen with a zero-dollar starting budget, thanks to generous sponsors and volunteers.

“I’m very proud and the biggest thing is it didn’t cost the kids,” said Morton, who vowed that all of the events planned for children would be free of charge when he decided to organize the event.

Morton admits planning the winter carnival was a lot of work, but he’s happy to have paved the way for the event to become an annual occurrence within the town.

He will be looking for more volunteers to step up and ensure the winter carnival, featuring the silly Chilly Willy mascot, becomes a yearly tradition.

“We know it can be done on a zero-dollar budget.”

Morton says he felt the Hantsport Winter Carnival was a success from Day 1, when a large crowd piled into the fire hall for the games night and video dance.

“The kids’ smiles on their faces on Friday night made it all worth it to me and now every child in Hantsport knows what the winter carnival is.”

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