Although there will be a different format to this years Winter festival in Canmore this year, we are please to say that the Carnival is on!

This year’s carnival features three self-guided events, including a Found Object Snowman Challenge, a Winter Carnival Scavenger Hunt and a Homegrown Songwriting Competition.

There are Already 29 teams pre-registered to participate in the Winder Carnival Scavenger hunt so don’t hag around! The course takes roughly 1.5 to 2 hours to complete, and will be open on Friday, to Sunday (Feb. 21) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are 22 stops along the way where teams must answer a question, take a photo/video or complete an activity, and prizes will be awarded in a number of categories.

Another new addition to the festival lineup this year is the Homegrown Songwriting Competition. Speaking to the theme of “Come Together,” amateur musicians and songwriters are encouraged to submit work with a focus on the strength, creativity and resilience shown in the Canmore Community in this difficult time.

Submissions should not exceed five minutes in length and will be accepted from Feb. 18 to April 2, 2021, in youth and amateur categories.

Category winners will have an opportunity for their songs to be professionally recorded in May, as well as being showcased as part of the Canada Day 2021 festivities.


Town of Canmore’s Lauren Thomas says

“I’m also really excited about the Found Object Snowman Challenge,” Thomas said. “I like the idea of taking what we’ve learned over the last year and applying it to this challenge. Being able to look at things in a different light and creating something new out of it is just a fascinating idea.

“COVID has taught us to look through a different lens, expressing that creatively is important right now.”

There are 12 spots available for the Found Object Snowman Challenge, that will be held on Saturday, (Feb. 20).

An official grab bag will be provided to participants, and other found objects such as recycled materials, discarded household items, and shop scraps can be used to create a snowman-inspired sculpture. Each group has one hour to complete their masterpiece and the community will vote on a People’s Choice awards in three categories, first and second place, and honourable mention.

Four build time slots will be assigned throughout the day, and registration for this event closes on Feb. 18.

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