Posted by: HamptonIona | March 9, 2013

Hampton Iona Community Group Winter Carnival

On the sunny and crisp Sunday afternoon of the Family Day Weekend, the Hampton Iona Community Group held its annual Winter Carnival in Iona Park. There was lots to do and plenty to eat.

A wide variety of games were played throughout the afternoon including Shoot to win and a vigorous Tug of War. Our thanks to the City of Ottawa for providing the sports equipment. Mountain Equipment Co-op brought snowshoes for both kids and adults to enjoy tramping about the snowy park and provided instruction about how to use them. Excellent ice conditions allowed for great skating on the rink. Folks who found the temperatures a bit cool, warmed up beside the crackling bonfire while toasting marshmallows.

After working up an appetite, many people enjoyed barbequed hot dogs and sausages from the grill. They munched on hot, freshly popped, buttered popcorn generously donated by the Best Western Plus Macies Hotel. Working up a thirst meant sipping from a cup of tasty hot chocolate courtesy of the Bridgehead on Richmond Road. For those still hungry, there were bags of tortilla chips to snack on courtesy of the City of Ottawa.

A large crowd came out to enjoy the weather and the music, including Mayor Jim Watson. Local MPP and Minister of Labour Yasir Naqvi served up hot chocolate and cookies at the Food Table.

Thank you to Dovercourt Recreation Centre for providing the tables and chairs. Many thanks to our generous sponsors and to our large crew of enthusiastic volunteers for making our Winter Carnival both fun and friendly.

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