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Tyne Valley Winter Carnival indoor and outdoor events continue Saturday and Sunday

Hundreds of people attended an outdoor night skate organized by the Tyne Valley Winter Carnival last year. Organizers are again hoping for a big turnout at the event this Sunday and that the weather cooperates.
Hundreds of people attended an outdoor night skate organized by the Tyne Valley Winter Carnival last year. Organizers are again hoping for a big turnout at the event this Sunday and that the weather cooperates. - Submitted

TYNE VALLEY, P.E.I. - The Tyne Valley Winter Carnival has returned for an encore performance following its successful revival in 2017.

The community event had been defunct for a number of years before a group of locals decided to revive it last year. It was well received, so organizers were happy to bring it back for 2018, Feb. 9-11.

“It’s a big event,” said Adam MacLennan, vice-chairman of the Tyne Valley Oyster Festival, which is the parent organization of the winter festival.

“It’s all about getting kids outside, about bringing families together and it’s something that our volunteers are great at doing.”

“Whether it’s the Oyster Festival in the summertime or now with the Winter Carnival going strong each year, it gets people to realize that good things happen in Tyne Valley and good things can happen in rural P.E.I.”
-Adam MacLennan

Some of the carnival’s remaining events include crafts and games today at the Tyne Valley Public Library, 10 a.m. to noon, and outdoor skating on the pond, with free skates, helmets and hot chocolate, 5:30-7 p.m., on Sunday. A full list of events is on the Tyne Valley Oyster Festival’s Facebook page.

MacLennan added that the success of the winter festival is due to the dedication of the Oyster Festival’s Kids Day Committee, which has organized the revived event.

It just goes to show what a dedicated group of people can accomplish in a small community, he said.

“Whether it’s the Oyster Festival in the summertime or now with the Winter Carnival going strong each year, it gets people to realize that good things happen in Tyne Valley and good things can happen in rural P.E.I.”

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