The Arborg Ice Show – The New Generation

Big Ball Soccer, part of the corporate challenge, my Dad in the red toque, Winter Carnival 1986
Big Ball Soccer, part of the corporate challenge, my Dad in the red toque, Winter Carnival 1986

The annual Arborg Winter Carnival was one of the highlights during the frigid season.

My Dad competing in the wood chopping event, Arborg Winter Carnival, 1987
My Dad competing in the wood chopping event, Arborg Winter Carnival, 1987

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.

Tammy as a baker, third from the left, 1987
Tammy as a baker, third from the left, 1987
Paramedic Services won for this snow sculpture, Arborg Winter Carnival, 1986
Paramedic Services won for this snow sculpture, Arborg Winter Carnival, 1986

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.

Interlake Spectator, Wild Wild West review, Tammy on the upper right, 1991
Interlake Spectator, Wild Wild West review, 1991

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.

Interlake Spectator, Movie Mania Advertisement, 1990
Interlake Spectator, Movie Mania Advertisement, 1990

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!

https://theskatingscene.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/arborgskatingclub_program_justdance2014.pdf

CREDITS:
Interlake Spectator, 1990
Interlake Spectator, 1991
Arborg Skating Club – program

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Author: Tammy Karatchuk

Marketing Manager. Social Media Strategist. Freelance Reporter/Photojournalist. Red River College Creative Communications Alum 2011. Former 680 CJOB reporter/weekend anchor; Edmonton Shaw TV broadcaster; and Edmonton Journal figure skating reporter. Author of memoirs and contemporary romance.

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