Morewood Winter Carnival revives, proves popular

These up-to-age-13 teams squared off during this weekend's hockey tournament at the newly revived Morewood Winter Carnival. Accepting the participation trophies for their teams are team captains Lucas Menard (left) and Wyatt LeBlanc. Morewood Recreation President Devon Byers appears in back (with grey touque). Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Morewood Recreation Association member Laurie Rae and Olivia van Noppen prepare glow sticks for kids to enjoy during that evening’s fireworks display. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Volunteer Desiray Clemen brings breakfast to the table at Morewood Winter Carnival. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

MOREWOOD — Morewood hasn’t seen a winter carnival since 2009, but the community didn’t miss a beat with its return this weekend.

Interest in reviving the event took off after the community, local firefighters and the Township of North Dundas came together to repair and renovate the Morewood Community Centre last year.

“We just wanted to keep it open,” said Morewood Fire Chief and head contractor who spearheaded the renovations. “And this gave us the incentive to restart the Carnival,” said Byers, adding it was nice to see families enjoying the building and adjoining rink again at Carnival time.

“It’s been a nice team effort today.”

The facility demonstrated its revived popularity during a community dinner officially re-opening it late last summer, noted Laurie Rae, member of the Morewood Recreation Association that similarly sparked back to life last year. That September event “was a good test for us,” Rae said. Not only did residents speak up to save the hall, they’ve “agreed to volunteer,” she added.

They event saw firefighters serve up breakfast and compete in a tug-of-war and a log-sawing events. The outdoor ice surface stayed active with hockey tournaments, while inside the Centre, youngsters enjoyed colouring and face-painting. See the full schedule.

Saturday evening concluded with an impressive fireworks display.

Morewood firefighters make breakfast in the kitchen, Saturday at the Morewood Winter Carnival (from left): Matt McCann, Phil vanNoppen, Doug MacGregor and Ken Byers. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News