Gravenhurst Moves Winter Carnival To Hybrid Format
The Gravenhurst Winter Carnival is being revamped into a hybrid event, which will feature both virtual and in-person outdoor events.
During their January meeting, Gravenhurst Town Council heard that due to continuing COVID restrictions and concerns, the annual event needed to rethink what it was offering this year.
Councillor Sandy Cairns, who is on the Carnival committee, gave council an update.
Taking place in February, the in-person activities will be geared towards individuals and families rather than a large gathering of the community; these include a winter trail treasure hunt featuring items from the carnival mascot Skokie.
“That's what Gravenhurst Winter Carnival is all about; getting outside enjoying the beautiful winters we have," she says. "We're hoping for families to get involved because it's safe and it's fun.”
Virtual events will also take place, while the Gravenhurst BIA is one of the main event sponsors and is encouraging participation by offering the chance to win Downtown Dollars during both outdoor and virtual activities.
Council also heard that the Polar Bear Dip has not yet been ruled out. Those interested can follow the Gravenhurst Winter Carnival Facebook page for updates on the event.
“We have a small but mighty committee and some real talent out there working really hard to put things together,” says Cairns.