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Fenelon Falls’ First Ice Carnival A Big Success, 1937

December 14, 2023

Fenelon Falls Ice Carnival, 1937, from the Evening Telegram, Toronto

Originally Published in the Evening Telegram, Toronto, February 22, 1937

Despite mild weather the first annual winter sports carnival sponsored by the Fenelon Falls Hockey Association and the Fenelon Falls Business Men’s Association was a decided success. Hundreds of visitors poured into the village during the four days the event was held.

Max Brandon, chairman of the general committee; Jim Daniels, chairman of the business men’s committee and their capable assistants kept the program going on schedule, and when the carnival came to a conclusion Saturday night, it was the unanimous opinion that this year’s effort would be the first of several.

Fenelon Falls, situated 16 miles north of Lindsay, is an ideal natural spot for a winter sports carnival. The village possesses a large indoor skating rink and curling rink. The only difficult with these buildings is that they are not large enough.

So far as outdoor winter sports are concerned, Fenelon Falls is unexcelled. The village lies on the shores of Cameron Lake and here may be found an ideal site for skating, ice baseball, skijoring, ice golf, tobogganing and skiing. These games were participated in last week, but the mild weather slowed them up. Around the village are many hills, where skiing and snowshoeing might be enjoyed to the full, providing, of course, the weatherman decided to send some snow.

Ice baseball and ice golf are probably peculiar to Fenelon Falls. Baseball is played in the same way as on land, except that the players are equipped with skates. Sounds easy, but many players encountered difficulties in endeavouring to slide into bases with skates on.

Ice golf is another game which packs plenty of thrills for the keen golfer. The game is played with an ordinary golf ball, painted orange to distinguish it against the snow. The large ice surface of Cameron Lake enabled a full nine-hole course to be laid out and many walkers of the fairway tried their skill.

Most popular of the outdoor sports with the younger generation are ski-joring and toboggan-joring. The latter consists of tying a rope on the back of a car. At the far end of the rope the lead man on the toboggan takes a hold. The car roars across the ice at some 60 miles an hour and thrills galore are to be had as the car takes a curve, with the toboggan swinging the opposite way.

One of the most commendable aspects of the carnival was the spirit of co-operation which exists between the town of Lindsay and the surrounding villages. Lindsay Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs, in co-operation with the Business Men’s Association, engaged the Lindsay Boys’ Band, which headed the monster torchlight parade from the station to the rink, and the provided music during the hockey games.

Fenelon Falls’ first effort at staging an event of this nature was, in the opinion of the committee, a great success, and they are determined that next year’s event will be even greater.

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