Morinville readies for Centennial Snowman Festival

Snowmen of years gone by will be the theme of this year's snowman competition, part of the Town of Morinville's 2011 Family Day Centennial Snowman Festival.

Snowmen of years gone by will be the theme of this year's snowman competition, part of the Town of Morinville's 2011 Family Day Centennial Snowman Festival.
By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Morinville – The community’s annual Family Day Snowman Festival is set to take place this Monday and organizers are excited about this year’s theme.

“It’s the kickoff to the centennial celebrations for the year,” said Morinville’s Special Events Coordinator Peggy Gilchrist. “We’re having our oldest and youngest member of the community join us.”

But while Morinville has both extremes of the generational spectrum covered, the event is looking to cater to all ages. “We’re inviting the community for cake and cupcakes and to help celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Morinville,” Gilchrist said, noting several events will carry a centennial theme. “We’re going to do a 100-legged race. We’re going to try and line up everybody into a big 100 and have their picture taken from above.”

Additionally, the annual event will include a broom ball demonstration, snowshoe rally, family skate, centennial craft session and a free hotdog lunch between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Back again this year is the titular event – the annual snowman competition, which this year carries a centennial theme. The Town is looking for residents to create a snowman depicting their ideas of what a snowman might have looked like over the years. Judging will take place Feb. 21 between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. – but only registered snowmen will qualify.

Application forms are available at www.morinville.ca and need to be sent to pgilchrist@morinville.ca by noon Feb. 18.

“It’s an opportunity for families to spend quality time with each other,” Gilchrest said of this year’s centennial-themed event, adding it is a good opportunity for residents to get to know some of the activities that are coming for the rest of the centennial year. “This year is all about community connections.”

The 2011 Family Day Centennial Snowman Festival takes place Feb. 21 at the Ray McDonald Sports Centre. A complete list of events and times can be seen by clicking here.

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