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Ontario's longest-running winter carnival celebrates 76 years

Penetanguishene Winterama salutes Old Man Winter with wide range of activities to satifsy the young and young at heart
Penetanguishene events and recreation co-ordinator Marla Bailey-Viscoff says Winterama is a great community event.

From axe-throwing to cardboard toboggan races and even a polar plunge, this weekend’s 76th annual Winterama in northern Simcoe County promises something for everyone.

Penetanguishene’s homage to winter kicks off Friday with a performance and fireworks at the waterfront followed by a full schedule of events with both outdoor and indoor activities for all ages.

Besides the aforementioned offerings, returning favourites for the province's longest running winter carnival include the parade, snow tubing, a craft show, log-sawing competition and ice fishing.

The Winterama hockey tournament is also making its return.

Penetanguishene events and recreation co-ordinator Marla Bailey-Viscoff says Winterama gives everyone a chance to come together as a community and celebrate the event’s long, storied history.

“By coming to Winterama, you are not only supporting the town, but the hardworking and committed volunteers and groups that organize amazing activities, adding to the Winterama schedule and igniting community spirit,” Bailey-Viscoff says.

“For visitors, Winterama is the perfect place to have a full winter experience, even with the unseasonal mild weather.”

The cost of the Winterama button, which is your ticket to all town-run activities, is $5 during the event. Early-bird buttons are being sold for $3 each at the town hall and library as well as the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum & Archives and Penetanguishene Foodland.

And with uncertain weather this year, Bailey-Viscoff says there will be more inflatables, games and other offerings as well as lumberjack shows to ensure there are a range of activities that aren’t dependent on snow.

For the famished, the museum is serving up traditional pea soup while outdoor vendors range from Beaver Tails, Smokes Poutine and Sweet Treats Factory to Party Tyme Treats and offerings by various community organizations.

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