The Lions sponsored the horse drawn wagon rides

by Robyn Eagle, M-W and District Chamber of Commerce

On any given year, you’ll find numerous events in Merrickville, bringing tourists and shoppers to enjoy all the amazing offerings of our village. But on Family Day this year, the Merrickville-Wolford and District Chamber of Commerce hosted the Snowflake Festival, a community appreciation event intended only for our residents. This festival is a way to say a big ‘thank you’ for supporting and shopping local.

‘Snowperson’ building contest was enjoyed by all

It has been a long two years of limited events and gatherings. People are craving coming together, talking to their neighbours and letting their kids be kids, and that is exactly what this festival provided. There were horse-drawn wagon rides around the fairground track, music, fire barrels to warm up or roast marshmallows, free hot chocolate, chili and coffee, a ‘snowperson’ building contest, and much more! Many thanks to the Chamber Members who sponsored this event to make it possible.

A number of local organizations supported the event, including:

  • The Volunteer Firefighters: who displayed their equipment in the Community Centre parking lot, along with a fire prevention display and hot dogs for a donation going to the Merrickville Food Cupboard;
  • The Merrickville Trails Society: who provided a guided tour of the Riverwalk Trail;
  • The Library: who provided inside activities for children;
  • The Legion: who provided a warming station and bar;
  • The Lions: who sponsored the horse drawn wagon rides;
  • Merrickville Public Works: for helping with set up, preparing the track, and efforts to get the rink ready…sadly mother nature didn’t co-operate;
  • Village of Merrickville-Wolford: for providing the venue.

Additionally, Rideau Bridge to Canada had a 50/50 draw, which raised over $325 for the project. Thank you to all who supported, the winning ticket, #588396, has been claimed. The winners of the Snowperson building competition were Heritage Stables and the Aiken Family.

Thank you to our volunteer photographers, Chuck Willemsen and Line Pelletier, for capturing images from the day and which can be found on the Facebook event page. The day finished off with a wonderful fireworks display hosted by the Municipality of Merrickville-Wolford.

The Festival was a true testament to how wonderful our community is; the people who live here, the businesses who operate here, and the organizations and groups that support us. The Chamber would like to thank everyone who participated to make the day the success it was, and look forward to doing it again next year!


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