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February 16, 2017: Hollybrook Farm Team Scores a Win; Mechanicsville Winter Carnival 2017.

February 16, 2017: Hollybrook Farm Team Scores a Win;
Mechanicsville Winter Carnival 2017.

By Lorrie Marlow.

The Mechanicsville Winter Carnival in Laroche Park on Sunday saw over 100 people in attendance which was amazing for the first day of Winterlude on the Rideau Canal. People desended on Laroche Park from all directions with skates and toboggans. Pieces of cardboard also worked well on the toboggan hill; the skate rink had several games on the go, and the skate puddle is just fun for those new to walking on ice.

The fun-loving people with Somerset West Community Health Center led the kids activities such as snow tug-of-war and the snow jewel game. Snow pants were necessary as these activities involved lots of falling down and rolling around in the fresh snow.

Inside the Laroche Community Center, every chair was full with residents warming up with hot chocolate and enjoying donuts donated by Suzi-Q and coffee donated from Bridgehead. Delicious cheesecake donated by Thyme and Again had kids and adults savouring every last scrumptious crumb. A huge thank you goes out to these businesses for their reliable support of homegrown events like ours. Lots of residents dropped in to bring cookies as well which was much appreciated. All left over goodies were donated to the Home Club and youth program operated by Somerset West Community Health Center at Laroche Community Center.

However, the star of this event is always the horse-drawn sleigh ride. It takes your breath away when you see those huge, handsome horses come across the fields of Laroche Park. Both kids and adults run from the toboggan hill and skating rinks to meet the horses. For some of the youngsters, it’s the first time they’ve seen a team of horses up close.

The annual Mechanicsville Winter Carnival has been held at Laroche Park for over 30 years and Gary Scharfe of Hollybrook Farms has provided his horses and sleigh every year. Its an important tradition in Mechanicsville and we are glad Gary returns so faithfully. Huge thanks too, to Keith Brown with the Laroche Park Sports Association, the folks who maintain the rink and sponsor the annual sleigh ride.

The Mechanicsville Community Association is the group whose ongoing work continues to improve our neighborhood. The MCA is always seeking volunteers and board members. If you would like to get involved, please send us an email at MechanicsvilleCA@gmail.com or join us on Facebook at Mechanicsville Community Association, or visit our website: http://mechanicsville.ca .

More photos of the MCA Winter Carnival are available online at Newswest.org (below).

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Photo: Caption: Gary Scharfe of Hollybrook Farms captains one of the most popular teams ever to visit Laroche Park, to the delight of young and old at the 2017 MCA Winter Carnival. Photo by Lorrie Marlow.

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Photo: Caption: Photo by Lorrie Marlow.

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Photo: Caption: Photo by Lorrie Marlow.

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Photo: Caption: Photo by Lorrie Marlow.

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Photo: Caption: Photo by Lorrie Marlow.

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