CANNINGTON, ON, Feb. 22 /CNW/ - The 7th Annual Cannington Dog Sled Races
& Winter Festival Feb. 26 & 27 celebrates Canadian Heritage
Some seventy of the top mushers from all over Ontario, Quebec and the
northern States are coming to Cannington this weekend for a two day
celebration of Canadian heritage with a definite four-legged twist.
Adding a dash of international flavor to the Festival, Damion Robb of
the Jamaican Dog Sled Team, will once again be joining the competition
for the $10,000 in prize money in this multi-length, multi-format
Heritage celebrations will be front and centre, starting with the Métis Village, an authentic winter encampment, where the following traditional
elders will be featured:
Joseph Paquette - traditional artisan and storyteller
Archie Martin - teepee keeper & traditional demonstrations
Andre Bosse - hands-on tools, furs & artifact displays
Bob Stevenson - conservationist & cultural facilitator
On the Outdoor Stage, those in attendance will be entertained by:
JJ Lavalee - fiddle player extraordinaire
The Olivine Bousquet Métis Dancers - youthful Métis dance troupe
Brenda MacIntyre - Medicine Song Woman
Charlie Fife - well known musician, storyteller & keeper of the Métis
The British Native Allies - War of 1812 re-enactors
Learn about flint napping, trapping, crafting tools, carving and fishing
from the elders; munch on a bison burger, sit in a teepee and hear a
story while imagining Canadian life in an earlier time. Round out the
experience with a tour of the Cannington Historical Society Buildings,
go for a horse and wagon or a dog sled ride, hike on the snowshoe trail
or watch as the ice sculptures magically appear out of the ice blocks.
Entertainment and family winter fun will continue to dominate the event
with a number of terrific bands and entertainers performing in the
other two stages in the park. The crowd favourites like the toilet seat
toss, kick sledding, tater toss, and big foot races rides will remain
as popular activities for the younger set. Also returning popular
attractions are the Crayola Activity Center and the exotic animals in
the Zoo-To-You display.
Enjoy a pancake breakfast or chow down on some of the wide array of
offerings from one of the many vendors in the Outdoor Market. And for
those looking for more fun, Comedy Night Saturday evening features
champion beatboxer Scott Jackson, comedian Brian Hope, and Canadian
Comedy Award winner Elvira Kurt.
Whether it's a full dog team or a single dog and skier in the Ski-Joring
competition, the starting gate is always a riot of excitement as Jim
Cunningham begins his countdown and the dogs begin to howl! It's an
all-bark, no frostbite weekend that you won't want to miss.
Weekend passes for adults are $8 at the gate and children 13 and under
are just $2 (or free with a button from participating elementary
schools). For more information and to check snow conditions, go to http://www.canningtondogsledraces.com or call 705-432-2892.
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SOURCE Cannington Dog Sled Committee
For further information:
Media passes, pre-arranged interviews contact: Alison Bennie 705-432-2892