Loretta Lewis is expecting to be flat out during the upcoming Marystown Lions Club’s Winter Carnival.
Lewis, who has a long history of community involvement and is presently a town councillor, is the carnival’s patron for its 44th year.
“I’m looking forward to it,” she told The Southern Gazette.
Some will remember Lewis, whose day job is as principal at Keyin College in Marystown, was a former carnival queen in the late 1970s when the event held a pageant as part of the festivities.
“To me, it’s a way to connect with all different age groups and all the different venues and all the different activities,” she said of the role of patron.
The carnival will take place from Friday, Feb. 22 to Sunday, March 3.
This year’s theme is Fun for Everyone, and according to Lion Geoff Lomond, that’s the plan. There’s something for everybody to enjoy, he said. Many of the events are free or a freewill offering.
The carnival will kick off on Feb. 22 with Toutons and Tunes at the Marystown Lions Centre, an event that was introduced last year. Austin and Nora Antle will be providing the tunes.
Given the weather conditions, Lomond is optimistic the Marystown Volunteer Fire Department’s ice fishing derby will go ahead at Linton Lake this year. It was a big success in 2017, the first year it was held, but had to be cancelled last year because ice conditions did not cooperate.
“There was a lot of interest in it, a lot of people enjoyed it, so we’re hoping it’ll go off this year,” he said of the event, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23.
Another returning event this year is the variety show, dubbed “Come From Ere 2,” on Sunday, Feb. 24 at St. Gabriel’s Hall.
Organized by the Town of Marystown and the Lions Club, it was a big hit last year, as well, and will once again feature a number of skits and musical acts. Admission is a freewill offering for the Kids Eat Smart Program.
“We did it (at Sacred Heart Academy) last year and it went over really well,” Lomond said. “It had a nice good crowd and a variety of entertainment. This year we’re going to be at the hall. We’re hoping that’s going to help with the acoustics.”
An assortment of other events that have become staples of the carnival over the years are also being held once again. The full schedule is posted on the Marystown Lions Club’s Facebook page.