The annual Arborg Winter Carnival was one of the highlights during the frigid season.
There was a corporate challenge with different winter-like sports: wood chopping, curling, sponge hockey, big ball soccer, snow sculpture building, smooshing races – the usual family oriented sports.
Sometimes we had CKY-TV Winnipeg cover the event. It didn’t air, but I’m sure someone has footage of my one of skating friends and me as we cheered “Let’s go, Legion, let’s go.” When we realized the camera was on us, we were so excited!
Back then, the AWC wrapped up on Sunday when the Arborg Skating Club held its annual ice carnival. When I look back on video of those carnivals, the arena was packed with people. They lined the arena walls and filled the stands. Kids waited to jump the sides to get balloons when they did the drop during the finale, up until 1986 when the drop stopped. Skaters waited eagerly by the board to get out there and show people what they could do. Parents froze in the stands as they cheered on their child, who they blinded with their flash cameras.
Parents knew this was the only time their child would be dressed as a lollipop, baker, Irish girl, strawberry, gingerbread girl, pirate or lion. They wanted to capture the moment. It’s was priceless.
Enter in the tail end of the 80s and early 1990s when the skaters would win medals and be announced as “our next skater won a gold medal in the Interlake Interpretive Competition,” or “a bronze medal in elementary ladies at Regionals.” It’s a feeling of satisfaction and achievement.
Then, the carnival concludes, and you wait.
You wait for the Interlake Spectator to come out with the highlights of the winter carnival. It was a thrill to be in the paper. Local or national, it didn’t matter. You’re in the paper.
This year, the Arborg Skating Club will be holding their ice show on March 14. The theme is Just Dance 2014, and it will feature this generation of “our next skater won a gold medal at STARSkate provincials,” and “a silver medallist at STARSkate provincials” and “placed 10th in level 1 at the Manitoba Winter Games.”
The Arborg Skating Club secured Bree Langlais from the Selkirk Figure Skating Club to guest skate. Langlais placed fifth at the Skate Manitoba Sectionals in Senior Women this season.
STARSkaters will skate their free programs and group number to music that will get your toes tapping and fingers snapping. Skaters who are sure to entertain are Sarah Jensen, Natasha English, Eva Jensen, Olivia Orbanski, Kayla Weik and Jenica Sul. These skaters are planning programs to Madonna’s Vogue, Pink Panther, Black Swan, Micheal Jackson’s Thriller, Tango and New York, New York.
CanSkate, STARSkate and Rising STAR skaters will perform numbers to the Jitterbug, a Conga Line, Hula, YMCA, 1960s Go Go Dance, Footloose, and more.
Make sure you arrive well before the show starts at 7:00pm for a good seat. And don’t plan to skip out early. The last number is the Macarena. Relive the 90s and get those arms ready!
Interlake Spectator, 1990
Interlake Spectator, 1991
Arborg Skating Club – program