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Deep River on display during winter carnival


Getting up close and personal with one of Little Ray's reptiles

Getting up close and personal with one of Little Ray's reptiles


There was something for everyone at this year's winter carnival.

This marked the 15th annual celebration of winter for Deep River.

Organizers couldn't have asked for better weather. As frigid temperatures subsided for sunshine and more seasonal values, along with a fresh blanket of snow, the carnival is being called a success.

“It's been awesome,” said Christine Armstrong, recreation program co-ordinator for the town. “We've had a really good turnout for the events and the weather has really co-operated, so it's brought a lot of families out.”

“We're very pleased with how the weekend went,” she added. “It is nice to see so many young families taking part.”

While families could enjoy an afternoon of sliding and skating fun at Hill Park, a new event this year was Party on the Hill Saturday night, which involved skating and sliding with music under the lights. A winter fireworks display was also set off at Mackenzie Community School by the Deep River Fire Department.

While Armstrong doesn't have exact numbers, she could tell from the number of cars in the area that it was a popular event.

The family fun continued on Sunday in the Arena Mezzanine as Little Ray's Reptile Zoo brought some critters to share and Mr. Dimples was on hand with his balloon creations and Dale Tapp stayed busy painting faces. Magician Stephen Anthony also performed his Stretching Reality Show.

Throughout the weekend, town residents also had access to facilities in Deep River including the community pool and arena for free swims and skates.

“The events are kind of spread out, but we are able to offer so many events thanks to the different community clubs in the town,” Armstrong said.

Among other events held as part of the winter carnival were a photography exhibit at the Deep River Public Library, auto extrication by the fire department, comedy show and adult dance along with a pre-teen and teen dance Friday night.

Armstrong thanked the businesses throughout the community that made donations which helped to make the carnival possible.

Tina Peplinskie is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist

Twitter: @TPeplinskieOBS

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