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Video: Hundreds pack the Onaping Falls Winter Carnival

Hundreds of Sudburians turn out to celebrate winter at the seventh annual event

There was a little something for everyone at the Onaping Falls Winter Carnival, held Feb. 2-4 in Levack, Onaping and Dowling.

Winter carnivals have been around in the Levack/Onaping and Dowling areas for more than 55 years, but seven years ago, the communities at the western edge of Greater Sudbury decided to come together for a joint, three-community winter extravaganza.

Rylee Dawson, 8, enjoys maple syrup taffy at the Dowling Leisure Centre on Feb. 3. She was at the carnival with her mother, Lacey Osborne. Mark Gentili /

The carnival kicked off on the evening of Feb. 2 with the first annual Onaping Falls Winter Carnival Miss Snowflake Pageant at the Dowling Leisure Centre. Unfortunately, wasn’t able to get the results of the carnival by press time, but we hope to bring those to you soon.

On Saturday, events really got going at the Dowling Leisure Centre. There were carnival games and activities both inside and outside the centre, with plenty of food and treats to go around. The always popular vintage snowmobile show drew a good crowd. The day ended with a community bonfire.

On Sunday, the Onaping Falls Curling Club hosted a carnival breakfast and kids curling event, followed by the third annual Ookpik Cardboard Box Derby at the old Levack ski hill. The curling club also hosted the popular carnival euchre tournament. The Onaping Falls Nordic Ski Club also hosted skiing and snowshoeing. 

The closing ceremonies were slated for Sunday evening at the Onaping Falls Legion for the carnival button draw and live entertainment.

Onaping Falls Winter Carnival volunteers Jana Niemi-Lahnalampi (left) and Jodi Nobel, a member of the carnival committee, show off this year’s carnival buttons. Mark Gentili /
Sophie Risk, age 8, who was at the Onaping Falls Winter Carnival with her grandmother Linda Risk, gets her face painted. Mark Gentili /
Maple Hill Farms was on hand at the Dowlilng Leisure Centre on Feb. 3 serving up sweet maple taffy. Mark Gentili /
Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré chats with constituents outside the Dowling Leisure Centre on Feb. 3, during the Onaping Falls Winter Carnival. Mark Gentili /



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