Carnival fun in Deep River
DEEP RIVER – Nothing makes a sledding party more interesting than being stalked by a dinosaur.
The dinosaur in question was Russell T. Wrecks, a massive interactive puppet owned and operated by Adam Zimmerman of Adam Zimmerman Productions Inc. of Ottawa. It made for a colourful presence at Hill Park, where the Winter on the Hill – Skate and Sliding Party – was being held on Saturday as part of Deep River's 20th annual winter carnival, which featured a wide range of activities aimed mainly at families.
Russell created quite a stir, and had to be cautioned not to approach the two horses from Richard's View Stable of Deep River, there to offer free rides for passersby. The animals were clearly spooked by the approach of long tailed creature with sharp teeth, although everyone else taking part in the party was bemused by the dinosaur's activities.
There was also sledding down the hill, Skyza's Zorb Ball Bowling and its signature bubble ball, the outdoor rink for those wanting to play hockey or other sports. For refreshment, there were free hot dogs, supplied by Giant Tiger, and hot chocolate served up by the Deep River Scouts.
Besides free skates at the Deep River Arena, there was the Kitchissippi 4K Evening Snowshoe Hike on Friday evening, where . donations were accepted on behalf of the Kitchissippi Run which supports the Deep River and District Hospital.
Other activities were carnival bowling, karaoke, a movie night at the Deep River Public Library, and a teen dance, skiing on Mount Martin, a snowmobile poker run, free swimming and the Valentine's Dance at the Deep River Legion.
The Deep River Public Library was transformed into a Kids Fun zone, with the Deep River Guides hosting arts and crafts and cookie decorating, Mr. Dimples and his balloon artistry, face painting by Dale Tapp and entertainment with the Zip-E the Clown Show and Eccentric Adam.
The carnival wrapped up Sunday with a pancake breakfast, held at the Deep River Legion.
Christine Armstrong, Deep River's recreation program co-ordinator, said all things went well throughout the carnival. The movie night, which organizers tried out this year, was successful enough to warrant a return in 2019.
“Everyone really enjoyed it,” she said.
Armstrong said almost everything associated with the carnival is free, thanks to generosity of sponsors and the volunteers. A number of events like the pancake breakfast were fundraisers for North Renfrew Family Services.
She said overall she is happy with the turn out, stating Deep River and areas residents know it is important to come out and support community events like the carnival in order to keep them going year after year.