By Jamie Mountain
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
LATCHFORD – Dig out your shovels and put your best creative thinking cap on.
The Latchford recreation committee is hosting a snow sculpture contest, with the judging to take place on Sunday, March 14.
“We’ve put things out on our Facebook page and we’ve sent stuff out to the mailboxes for families to put their names in and we’ll have a couple of people that will go around and kind of judge (the sculptures),” said recreation committee chair Sharon Gadoury-East.
She said that the sculptures can be whatever participants feel like creating.
“The kids always come up with some pretty cool ideas, I find,” she noted in a telephone interview.
“They can do whatever they want, a nice snow sculpture of some sort.”
Gadoury-East said the participants will create their snow sculptures in their own yards. In order to follow social distancing guidelines, the judges will drive by “and take a look and then we can talk on the phone and decide who’s going to be the winners.”
She also said the recreation committee would have more discussions at their next meeting February 11, but were thinking about having some prizes for the first, second and third-place finishers.
“We’re going to discuss some things. I’d actually like to have some prizes, so this is what we’ll do at our parks and rec meeting,” she said.
“We’ll see about some prizes and then kind of go from there.”
The recreation committee is also hoping to host a winter carnival that same weekend, but Gadoury-East said they don’t know yet if the pandemic restrictions will loosen enough in time.
Under the province’s current lockdown restrictions, gatherings outdoors are limited to just 10 people.
“We can’t really decide what we’re going to do as we’re locked down for another week,” said Gadoury-East.
“Our meeting is next week for council and I don’t know if (the government) is going to open the restrictions up enough that we can do very much. I’m thinking we might not be having a March Break carnival, but our snow sculpture contest will still be going on.”
Gadoury-East reasoned that with the snow sculpture contest, at least people can participate from the safety of their own yards or vehicles.
“People don’t have to get out of their cars when we get them to go around and look at them.”
She added that those interested in taking part in the contest must register with the Latchford town office by March 5 by calling 705-676-2416.
“It should be interesting, I’m actually looking forward to see if people participate and do up some cool things.”
Jamie Mountain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Temiskaming Speaker