Famous for its sand, Sauble Beach will instead celebrate in the snow in a couple of weeks.
Sauble Beach Winterfest 2020 will be held in the Lake Huron shoreline community on Jan. 17 and 18 with a number of events for people of all ages.
“It is a chance to get all our locals together and maybe bring back some of the seasonals as well to enjoy some of the winter events that are happening at Sauble or South Bruce Peninsula,” said Ron Howard, who co-ordinates the event with Bruce Worthington.
The festivities for the 41st annual event put on by the Sauble Beach Chamber of Commerce kick off on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. with a parade from the Sauble Beach sign, up Main Street and to the community centre.
“Anybody, including businesses, can join the parade,” said Howard. “They just have to be down there at the Sauble sign at 6:30 p.m. to get lined up.”
At 7 p.m., the Sauble firefighters will light the giant Christmas tree bonfire at the community centre.
Members of the public are welcome to drop off their formerly live Christmas tree at the community centre to be a part of the bonfire put on by the local firefighters association.
“We usually get quite a pile of trees,” said Howard.
A kids dance will also kick off at 7 p.m. with a dance for children under 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. and a dance for teens from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is $5 for the dance, which will be held in the Sandpipers Room. Snacks and drinks are available.
New this year on opening night of Winterfest is trivia night to be held in the hall of the community centre beginning at 8 p.m. The 19-plus event which includes a cash bar, pizza and snacks, will see teams of a maximum of eight compete for prizes.
Howard said the trivia has been added to give people something to do in the evening following the bonfire.
“Our goal is to have a high-energy event for that night,” said Howard. “All the proceeds for that are going back to the chamber of commerce for our summer events.”
The evening will be hosted by Worthington and DJ Howard. Cost is $10 per person with registration available by e-mail at email@example.com by calling 519-379-3767 or at the door.
A silent auction is also part of opening night from 7 to 11 p.m., with funds raised going to the Amabel-Sauble school Grade 7-8 Saskatchewan trip. The silent auction will also continue on Saturday.
Day 2 of the event kicks off with a pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. served by the Sauble Beach Lion’s Club and friends. Adults are $10, children are $5 and kids under four are free.
The Sauble Ski Club invites everyone out to the Sauble Beach cross-country ski and snowshoe trails one kilometre north of Sauble Falls on Sauble Falls Parkway for free skiing and snowshoeing and to enjoy hot dogs and apple cider. There will be limited equipment available at the chalet, but it is best to come prepared.
The road hockey tournament starts with registration at 9:30 a.m. with games starting at 10 a.m.
A baby contest will be held at 11:30 a.m. with funds raised going to Amabel Sauble Child Care.
A barbecue begins as soon as the pancake breakfast ends, with burgers, hot dogs, chili and cold drinks available, with funds going to the Amabel Sauble School Grade 7-8 trip.
Kids games and bouncy castles begin at 12:30 p.m., while euchre begins at noon with registration, followed by the games beginning at 1 p.m, all at the community centre.
The Winterfest Dance featuring Midnight Blue will close out the event beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be picked up at RT Automotive, Sauble Golf and Fretz’s ValuMart and Naves’ Esso in Sauble Beach and Fiddlehead Resort in Oliphant.
Howard said they are hoping for a good blanket of snow at Winterfest this year, but in recent years it seems to have coincided with the annual “spring thaw.”
The thaw has quashed plans for an outdoor ice rink at the ball diamonds by the community centre the last couple of years, but he is hopeful conditions co-operate so that it can happen this year.
More details and to keep up-to-date on Winterfest plans, the public can visit the Sauble Beach Winterfest 2020 Facebook page.