Celebrate Canadian Heritage at the Cannington Dog Sled Races

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 event.

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 culture

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

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