Anzac’s Winterfest 2016 planned for Family Day weekend

By DAWN BOOTH, Connect Weekly

Organizers from Winterfest’s first annual fishing derby in 2012. This year’s derby takes place on Saturday, February 13 and will give out over $10,000 in cash prizes. SUPPLIED PHOTO

Organizers from Winterfest’s first annual fishing derby in 2012. This year’s derby takes place on Saturday, February 13 and will give out over $10,000 in cash prizes. SUPPLIED PHOTO

For three decades, the Anzac community has been hosting the popular Winterfest celebration and this year’s event is set to take over Family Day weekend.

“Winterfest has been a successful annual event for the past 30 years,” said Anzac Recreation & Social Society’s Office Administrator Patty Chafe. “It’s a great opportunity to showcase our beautiful community and surrounding areas through our vast range of outdoor natural areas.”

With a continued event partnership between The Anzac Recreation & Social Society (Anzac R&SS), the Fort McMurray #468 First Nation and various community supporters, the three-day family festival plans to entice all age groups starting on February 12.

“Our local boards and the First Nation all work well together providing our community with outstanding programs and events. All of our organizers are dedicated to ensuring our community get out and enjoys what our community and surrounding area can offer,” said Chafe.

“Our local boards and the First Nation all work well together providing our community with outstanding programs and events. All of our organizers are dedicated to ensuring our community get out and enjoys what our community and surrounding area can offer,” said Chafe.

The schedule of events begin on Friday night at 7 p.m. with Poker Tournament Night at the Anzac Community Hall. Hosted by the Willow Lake Tiny Tots, the buy-in is a $50 donation per game and all funding raised will go towards the Community Anzac 5 & under programming and ECDP.

More indoor events continue to the next day at Indian Beach, starting off with the Anzac FCSS Pancake Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. At 11 a.m., families can take part in the Willow Lake Tiny Tot’s Kids Activities, which include a bouncy castle, carnival games, face painting, a skating area and magic show. More game fun for the adult crowd starts at 1 p.m. with a crib tournament.

Taking the fun outdoors, Chafe said guests will have many options to enjoy winter.

“Participants and spectators can expect to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities and meet new people all in beautiful surroundings out on our lake,” she said.

“Participants and spectators can expect to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities and meet new people all in beautiful surroundings out on our lake,” she said. “Horse and hay rides are a new addition to our event schedule, as well as, a skating area on the lake for families to compete with an old-fashioned hot chocolate and treat stand.”

The Fort McMurray #468 First Nation’s 2nd Annual Fishing Derby is Winterfest’s main event. Competitors will face the ice fishing challenge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on February 13. Organizers ask interested participants to follow the signs at Indian Beach to the derby location.

“The fishing derby is by far our most anticipated event that attracts over 200 participants from all over Alberta,” said Chafe.

Derby registration will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and begin with a shotgun start. The entry fees are $50 per adult and free for children and youth ages 17 and under. The Biggest Fish Cash Prize are as follows: first place is $5,000 for adult and $1,000 for youth; second place is $2,500 and $500 for youth; third place is $1,000 for adult and $250 for youth.

For more information on the Winterfest 2016, please contact the Anzac Recreation & Social Society’s Office Administrator Patty Chafe by phone at 780-334-2424 or by email at Anzac3@telus.net and check out their Facebook page.

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