Just because there’s a global pandemic doesn’t mean the winter fun has to stop. Roslyn Warren, Chair of the Margaree-Fox Roost Winter Carnival 2021 COVID Edition learned that other communities were hosting a virtual winter carnival so Margaree-Fox Roost decided to do the same.
“We’ve always had a winter carnival for the last 20-something years,” said Warren. “We figured we can’t do anything socially this year because of COVID.”
This year’s carnival ran from March 14 through March 21. The committee drew up a week-long agenda of daily activities and invited participants to share them on their Facebook page for others to see and enjoy.
Among the events were baking, St. Patrick’s Day outfits, snow sculpting, window decorating, and even a scavenger hunt to find things most people had in their homes.
Participants were also able to win gift card prizes, awarded at the end of the carnival. But there was no judging involved. Anyone who participated in the day’s events qualified for the daily’s draw.
“It seems to be going pretty well. It seems everyone is enjoying looking at the photos,” Warren said.
Warren says that future years may see a hybrid carnival where in-person events can also be done online.
“A lot of people, if they can’t get out, are just enjoying the pictures that people are posting. Maybe we’ll do a bit of both.”