While the Saturday’s events were postponed until Sun., Feb. 20 due to severe weather conditions, organizers were busy at work in the Crysler Community Centre on Feb. 19. From the left, front row: Barbara Bagostini, Danielle Linette-Montagne, Sheryle Johnston. Back row: Rita Leroux, Martine Quenville. Absent from photo: Veronique Landry and Sara Maclam. Thompson Goddard Photo
CRYSLER – Crysler Winter Carnival, Pandemic Edition Take Two, provided the opportunity for residents and guests to have some fun. It was an incredible carnival from beginning to end. The fun started on Fri., Feb. 18 with a Khoot Trivia Night to the Cariboo Party and Fireworks to conclude the carnival on Sun., Feb. 20.
“Another great carnival” said Martine Quesnel, member of the organizing team, when asked to comment on the event. The weather was blizzard-like on Saturday which resulted in events being postponed until Sunday. On Sunday afternoon, fun stations were set up throughout the John Crysler Park providing many opportunities for family-fun while gaining points for the annual North vs South Challenge.
The North vs South fun challenge refers to the residents who live either north or south of the bridge across the Nation River. Several photos on social media showed either red or blue colours adorning pets, houses, and craft creations to raise points for their respective north or south side. This year, the North side won, with residents north of the bridge raising the most points at either pre-carnival or at carnival events. Tony’s Rockathon, organized by the volunteer firefighters of Crysler, raised $1,650 for the outdoor rink during the event that began Friday evening and concluded early the following afternoon. As the carnival ended on Sunday evening, the traditional spaghetti dinner, available as take-out, served up about 130 meals. Quesnel reported that the 50-50 draw was won by Ginette Patenaude of Crysler, an amazing display of fireworks and a great Cariboo party ended the 2022 Winter Carnival in Crysler.
A big thank you was extended to all of those who organized, volunteered, or assisted in any way with the successful event.
Carolyn Thompson Goddard, grew up in Chesterville and attended North Dundas District High School. After completing her BA in Political Science at Carleton University she has worked as a medical secretary and library technician. In 2020 she graduated from Algonquin College with a diploma in Journalism and has been a reporter and column writer for The Chesterville Record for over 10 years.