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January 26, 2014
Winners at 3rd annual Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival Local talent was celebrated and awarded Ÿ The top honours in the Southern Georgian Bay Comedy/Drama category went to Eden Remme Watt for her film, Clifton Finds A Party. Ÿ The top award, the Platinum Award, for area music video went to Mary Ann Watts for directing Wasaga Beach singer Rebecca Stephens' video for the song "There Is A Light". Ÿ The top Southern Georgian Bay Documentary winner is Peter Richardson for his film, Wasaga Ice. Ÿ A twelve year old boy took top honours in the Southern Georgian Bay Action category. Devin Gillman, a big fan of the TV series The Walking Dead, won for his movie called Wasaga Beach Zombie Mash. Ÿ Sylvia Bray and Grandma's Beach Treats in Wasaga Beach won the big prize in the Video Advertisement group. Ÿ There were also national and international films awarded at Saturday night's Festival.
Eden Remme Watt
Rebecca Stephens and Mary Ann Watts
Devin Gillman, 12, Wasaga Beach Zombie Mash
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Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival Chair Gary Cerantola
WBSFF Judge Joanne Blouin with Festival Co-Chair Dianna Chycki
What’s Happening Wasaga Beach Wasaga Beach Lions Club Bingo every Friday evening. Almost $5000 in prizes..$1000 Jackpot Game. RecPlex Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Contact: Lions Club at 705-429-3331 Wasaga Beach Toastmasters meet every Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Wasaga Beach Public Library. For more information call 429-6416 or 429-5464. Oakview Ladies Hobby Club meet Wednesdays from 7 pm - 10 pm. Whatever your hobby is... painting, crafting, quilting, scrap-booking come out and meet like minded ladies who love to share their knowledge and company while they work. If you always wanted to learn to do a certain craft or you if just need one night out a week for yourself please join us! Info : Laura at 705-429-3984 R e c y c l e d S n o w m a n C o n t e s t Location: Wasaga Beach Public Library, 120 Glenwood D r i v e . A l l a g e s c a n e n t e r ! Max height 25 cm or 10 inches tall. Ask us for details! (Info already promoted). Who Said Snowmen Have To Be Made From Snow? The Wasaga Beach Public Library is challenging you to create a snowman from recycled material. Your snowman must be no more than 25 cm (10 in) in height. Win great prizes for all ages! Families, adults and groups welcome to enter! Creations must be in to the library by Feb. 8. Public votes for best creations Feb 9 – 17. Great prize for the winner. Three Winners will be contacted. For more information contact the Library at |705-429-5481 or visit www.wasagabeach.library.on.ca S n o w S c u l p t u r e S e n s a t i o n s Location: Wasaga Beach Public Library, 120 Glenwood Drive. Play in the Snow anytime! Create your own giant snow sculpture! Everyone welcome to build outside the Library. We have tons of safe space for groups to build creations away from road and parking lot. Disclaimer The Wasaga Beach Public Library does not provide liability insurance for the protection of individuals or others who are participating in Snowman Mania activities at the library. Participation is understood to be at the sole risk of the participator. For more information contact the Library at 705-4295481 or visit www.wasagabeach.library.on.ca Recognition Day Location: Wasaga RecPlex, 1724 Mosley St. Time: 11 a.m. Recognition Day will be held on February 22, 2014. Nomination forms available at the RecPlex after January 1, 2014. Each year we set aside a day to recognize our athletes outstanding achievements and say thank you to the dedicated volunteers in our community. We invite you to join the celebration. For more information call Parks & Recreation at 705-429-3321 Jan 30 – Business After 5 Hosted by Reflexology for Health, Juice Plus and The Garden Tower held at 12 Northwood Drive, Wasaga Beach. Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Networking, auction prizes, delicious food and great people! Everyone is welcome! There is no charge to attend and membership is not required. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information contact: Denise Potter, Business After 5 Coordinator, WBWBA 705-429-0017 / firstname.lastname@example.org or Trudie McCrea, Office Manager, Chamber of Commerce – 705-429-2247 email@example.com / Cathy Holland-Hendry, Business After 5 Coordinator 705429-1112 Feb 1 – Annual Robbie Burns Supper Location: Prime Time Club, 1724 Mosley Street. Cost: $25.00 per person. Time: Happy Hour is from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Dinner at 6 p.m. followed by live entertainment with “Strange Potatoes”. For more information call 705-429-4266, call Mari Thompson at 705-429-2602 or Fran 705-4297877 Feb 1-28 – Activity Table Location: Wasaga Beach Public Library, 120 Glenwood Drive. Pages of activities & colouring. Adult supervision is required. For more information contact the Library at 705-429-5481 or visit www.wasagabeach.library.on.ca Feb 8 – Blood Donor Clinic Location: Wasaga RecPlex, 1724 Mosley St. Time: 9 a.m.–1 p.m. For more information and to make an appointment call 1-888-236-6283 For more information contact: the Chamber of Commerce 705-429-2247 /1-866-292-7242 or for more info visit our Events Calendar at www.wasagainfo.com
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Empanada's are a popular South American dish that always begins with a light spongy pastry. The dough tends to soak up the flavour of the filling, making them even more delicious the day after they are baked. The dough is less flaky than pie crust and it really is quite simple to make. These little meat pies can be made from just about any combination of ingredients. Chicken or beef, refried beans, sauteed onions and potatoes to mention a few. I have also included a recipe for Salsa Ranchero that Quick: if you had to guess how much of the surface of the is the perfect accompaniement to this Great Lakes are covered in ice, what would it be? For Canadians, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that dish the ice coverage on the Great Lakes is currently above average. Bitterly cold temperatures have dominated much of this winter, helping to produce the greatest amount of ice cover on the Great Lakes in 20 years. Scientists say the ice appears to have started building as early as late November and with even more cold weather expected over the next couple of weeks, officials say the lakes will continue to freeze. Scientists forecast over 60 percent of the Great Lakes' surface will see ice cover this winter season. That's up from an average of 50 percent. Last year, ice covered about 38 percent of the Great Lakes, which was a dramatic jump from 13 percent in 2011-2012.
According to Weather Network meteorologist Dayna Vettese, certain weather conditions play a crucial role in the formation and stability of the ice. "The best way for ice to form on the lakes is the obvious one, cold temperatures. Calm weather is another one." She says windy, stormy conditions tend to stir up waters, making them turbulent and harder for the thinner ice to build. Sea ice is important in a lot of direct and indirect ways to meteorology and forecasting. It affects things like temperatures, ocean currents and winds. "So in any region that is affected by the influence of a nearby lake, ice can have an impact on your local climate," explains Vettese. "It is very difficult to develop lake effect snow when there is ice on the surface of the lake." When venturing on the ice, police advise to never go alone, wear the proper clothing and carry the appropriate equipment such as a life preserver.
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Empanada Dough: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup masa harina flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup ( 4 oz ) margarine, melted and cooled 1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash The Method In a large bowl, sift together the flour, masa harina, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the melted butter. Gradually add 1/2 cup to ¾ cup of water, working it in with your hands to incorporate; the dough should be easy to handle and not sticky. Form the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic, and chill for 30 minutes. Lightly flour bench and rolling pin. Divide the dough in 1/2 so it will be easier to work with and roll it out to 1/8-inch thickness. Using a 4inch cookie or biscuit cutter, cut out 10 circles of dough (tapas) or divide into balls and roll into a circle. Repeat with the other 1/2. The Filling 2 lbs ground beef 2 small potatoes, diced into one inch cubes and boiled until soft 1 onion, peeled and coarsely chopped 5 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped 1/4 cup green olives, finely chopped 2 hardboiled eggs, coarsely chopped 1 cup beef broth 1/2 cup raisins, soaked in warm water for 1 hour (optional) 1 teaspoon oil The Method Sauté the onions and garlic in the oil over medium heat for 1 minute. Put the ground beef in and begin to brown. When the beef is cooked through, add in the broth, green olives, raisins and bring to a simmer. Let the liquid reduce until it's almost gone. Fold in the eggs and potatoes and place by the spoonful into your prepared empanada dough and bake at 350 degrees or fry in about an ½ inch of hot oil. SALSA RANCHERA In addition to serving it as a table sauce, use the salsa for huevos rancheros or to season shredded meat for tacos, etc. 2 pounds fresh tomato 3 cloves garlic 4 serrano chili peppers 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 medium white onion 1/4 cup chopped cilantro 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 2 tablespoons lime juice The Method Roast or broil tomatoes, garlic and peppers until charred. Cool and place in food processor bowl. Pulse several times to create a slightly chunky sauce. Add onion, cilantro, salt and lime juice. Adjust seasoning. Yield about 1 quart. ‘til Next Thyme Chef Brian Edwards...
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Snowmobiling is a sport and like all sports there are rules and policies that govern and impact that sport. Three critical policies are; 1) the Criminal Code of Canada, 2) the Motorized Snow Vehicle Act of Ontario R.S.O. 1990 (MSVA) and 3) your local municipal bylaws. In the Town of Wasaga Beach it is By-Law #2000 – 06 & #2005 – 82. These pieces of legislations all apply to the safe operation of this motor vehicle. As with the operation of all motor and non-motor vehicles common sense should be present and generally when it is not riders get hurt and sometimes killed. Sadly to date in the Ontario Provincial Police patrol areas of the Province of Ontario 6 individuals have died as a result of being in collisions involving motorized snow vehicles. In most of these deaths the speed of the motorized snow vehicle was a contributing factor. The MSVA is Provincial Legislation that applies to the Province of Ontario and gives municipalities in Ontario approval to enact bylaws that impact the operation of motorized snow vehicles or more usually called snowmobiles in that jurisdiction. We find that the general knowledge of snowmobile enthusiasts in regards to laws that control their sport vary greatly and as such I would like to increase that knowledge with examples of laws that if not obeyed increases the danger of injury or death to either the operator or the public: · Snowmobile operators who drink and drive face the same penalties under the Criminal Code of Canada for Impaired Operation, Excess 80 mgs. and Refusing to Provide a Breath Sample as if they were driving their motor vehicle on a roadway. · Section 14(1) of the MSVA states a maximum speed limit for motorized snow vehicles travelling on highway property where automobile's maximum speed is 50 km/hr or any public park or exhibition grounds is 20 km/hr. This section also states a maximum speed limit for motorized snow vehicles travelling on highway property where automobile's maximum speed is greater than 50 km/hr or on trails is 50 km/hr. · Section 9 (1),(2)&(3) of the MSVA outlines the requirements that the operator of a motorized snow vehicle must have to operate this type of motor vehicle either along the highway, crossing it at 90 degrees or operating it on an OFSC Trail. For all 3 the operator has to be at least 16 years of age and possess a valid Drivers' Licence or a valid motorized snow vehicle operator's licence or be a resident of any other province, country or state and holds a licence issued by such province, country or state which authorizes the person to drive a motorized snow vehicle. The exception is on the OFSC Trails where the operator can be 12 years of age and must possess a valid motorized snow vehicle operator's licence. Remember to check out my next edition of “On Duty” on Beach Booster, where I continue my discussion on snowmobile safety.
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Entertainment in The Beach! “Bringing the World to Wasaga Beach through a shared passion for film and the power of storytelling” unfolded at the Third Annual Wasaga Beach Film Festival this past weekend as the Red Carpet rolled out at the RecPlex. It was a spectacular event filled with entertainment throughout the day starting with the Artists' Exhibits in Hall 1A and reception performances by Darlene Watters. This year's Short Film program was comprised of 44 short films/videos including 9 International entries from Australia, Italy, Tel Aviv, Israel, London, England, Los Angeles, Sweden and Japan. Two halls were used to accommodate the viewing and voting Hall 1A and Oakview Room with Masters of Ceremonies :Harold Bickerstaff, Chair of Collingwood Theatre, and Steve Green from Clearview Community Radio in Oakview Room hosting during the day. Between showings dance numbers provided by DanceRoom and Dance By Design wowed the crowd. The public had an opportunity to vote for their favourite in each of the seven categories. Votes were tabulated with 40% from public view & vote, 30% from the judges and 30% from the website. The Short Film jurors were: Genevieve Appleton from White Wave Production, Tom Strnad, from Mountain Goat Film Company, Joanne Blouin, TV host, Damian Spaulding from Georgian Bay Arts and Thomas Finn, entertainer. The winners were announced at a Red Carpet Gala Awards beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m. where guests were greeted with a superb display of culinary delicacies provided by Taste of Paradise.
Applause, Applause to the Third Annual Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival The Red Carpet Gala Awards took place in Hall 1A hosted by Gary Cerantola, Chair of the Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival and Promote Wasaga Committee. Gary welcomed his audience in English and in French. The Singing Triangle Squad opened the show with their Broadway songs: Annie and Mamma Mia. A tribute was made by Lion Member, Bill Frieday to the late David Hicks, photographer, honouring his services to the WBSFF for the past two years. A digital presentation of films and videos clips were screened followed by awards and certificates acknowledgement. During the evening, an array of artists performed such as Sawyer Bullock, magician extraordinaire, the lovely songstress, Rebecca Stephens and a spectacular ballroom dance show by Christina and Jone from Dance by Design. As special Red Carpet visual greeting from Rick Mercer direct from his CBC studio comparing the Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival to Sundance North or as he interpreted:“Sundance North” may get so famous that the Sundance Film Festival in Park City Utah just may become known as the “Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival of the South” along with an audio greeting from Steve Strongman, 2013 Juno Award Best Blues Album Winner. Rogers TV one of the major sponsors was on site filming the entire film festival for a telecast at a later date. Special guests in attendance included Alan Duggan, Irish actor and producer of Claddagh Series from Montreal. This was Alan's second appearance at the festival along with dignitaries Hon. Dr. Kellie Leitch, MP, who came by for a visit, Jim Wilson, MPP, Mayor Cal Patterson and Simcoe Warden and Deputy Mayor David Foster. Susan Irvine, Acting President of the Chamber of Commerce, expressed a few words supporting the film festival. It was a fun filled evening sharing the vision of the Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival. Here's to “Bringing the World to Wasaga Beach through a shared passion for film and the power of storytelling.”
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Susan Irvine, Acting President of Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce pictured above with husband Dale. Susan, in her speech, brought words of encouragement for the future of the Wasaga Beach Short FilmFestival.
Here are the National and International Winners of the 2014 Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival: International General Platinum Award sponsored by Stonebridge Town Centre “My Reality by Overworld” by “Carola Mendoza Alegria” International General Gold Award “The Raft” by “Jan Thuring” International General Silver Award “Home From War” by “Steve A. Hartman” National General Platinum Award sponsored by Stonebridge Town Centre “Promise” by “Jonathan Filipovic” National General Gold Award “Sisterz” by “Joanthan Filipovic” National General Silver Award “Eat Timor Peace Mission” by “Genevieve Appleton” Dianna Chycki is host of Beach Corner and Cochair of the Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival. Beach Corner broadcast weekly Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. sponsored by the Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival.
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The Third Annual Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival All I can say is; “Excitement and Community Pride”. We saw a lot of smiles on festival day and at the Red Carpet Gala Awards. The Gala room was packed, the Ritz was on, our local artists and local entertainers got great reviews. Our estimated 60 volunteers outside of and at the event made it happen. Shawn Crozier, producer of the New Georgian Triangle Music Festival hosted in Wasaga Beach brought out the entertainer side of him like no other had ever seen to bridge the gap when there were a few technical challenges in the program. Our New Waves All Ladies Wasaga Beach Probus group stepped up to provide an army of volunteers from giving out popcorn to provide event and artist coordination. It was very apparent that we as a community are on to something. The vision for the Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival, “Bringing the World to Wasaga Beach through a shared passion for film and the power of storytelling” is taking root and it’s the sharing part of it that is most important to make our community of Wasaga Beach the preferred place in which to live, work and play. The goals for next year are already taking shape in terms of doubling submissions, taking the operation to a non-profit status to take advantage of the large grants that will leverage our local business dollars to attract more visitors and working with the town to find a place for the festival at the envisioned “Festival Square” at Beach One. There are so many to thank that contributed to this festival. The Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival Committee and the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce extend their gratitude for Wasaga Beach businesses support, community support, Town of Wasaga Beach matching dollars, artist and entertainer support and the list goes on. Letters of appreciation will be sent out thanking all supporting businesses and people in the coming days. In his video address at the Red Carpet Gala Awards from his Toronto show studio set Rick Mercer said it best. Our Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival dubbed as “Sundance North” may get so famous that the Sundance Film Festival in Park City Utah just may become known as the “Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival of the South” “Be the Beach”, send me your thoughts and comments at Gary@beachBOOSTER.com on how we make our efforts count. Gary Cerantola is President of Critel Professional Services and chairs the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce Promote Wasaga and the Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival C o m m i t t e e s . Yo u c a n n o w l i s t e n t o G a r y o n www.beachBOOSTER.com Monday at 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm on “It’s Your Town – Beach Talk”
How our local places were named Chatsworth Chatham Approx. Pop. 6,500. In Holland Township., Grey County, on Hwys. 6 &10, 13 km S of Owen Sound. The first settler, in 1842, was a Mr. Coyer, who built a log tavern at the site of the present community on the Garafraxa Colonization Road. The place was first called Johntown for early landowner John Deavitt, and Hollland for the township. When the post office opened in 1851, it was named Holland East. In 1857 the name was changed at the suggestion of postmaster Henry Cardwell to Chatsworth, after Chatsworth near London, England, his hometown and seat of the duke of Devonshire. Writer, temperance leader, and women’s activist Nellie Letitia McClung was born in Chatsworth in 1873. She moved to Manitoba when still a child and lived in Western Canada until her death in 1951.
Nellie Letitia McClung 1873 - 1951 Nellie McClung, born Nellie Letitia Mooney, was a Canadian feminist, politician, and social activist. She was a part of the social and moral reform movements prevalent in Western Canada in the early 1900s.
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Being Ready for the Cold As snowmobilers prepare for the second deep freeze for the season, we need to be ready! Today's technology has allowed the clothing to become lighter , pliable all the while being warmer. Gloves are no exception to this as well, and the biggest advancement are boots. Boots which use to be heavy and bulky are no longer as advancements in fabrics and design have allowed the boots to be lighter and provide great warmth to our feet. The snowmobile has also made changes and advancements in keeping us as riders warmer. Higher windshield's keep those temperatures off the rider, and engine heat has been routed to the riders feet to improve comfort in extreme temperatures. Years ago the popular one piece suit was the mainstay for snowmobiling, todays 2 piece design allows for greater movement as well as providing warmth which was always a deciding factor when choosing a 2 piece suit. This is no longer a consideration as manufacturers new designs provide superior warmth. Many manufacturers have different levels of suits but they all provide the warmth needed to allow a fun day on the trails. Please be aware of the cold, stay bundled up and be safe ! Dave Farr Director of Strategic Planning WSC
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How Old Man Winter Affects Trail Grooming Groomed snowmobile trails don’t just happen overnight, especially in the early season or after a major storm. Look at the variables… Frozen Ground: Ideally, Old Man Winter sends freezing temperatures for several weeks prior to that first snow. Sub-zero puts deep frost into the ground to provide a cold base to help preserve any snow that falls. Without this freezing or if snow falls first, the earth remains warm. This is bad for building a trail base – which is essential for a long season and good grooming. Worst case, a lot of snow falls without prior frost and insulates the ground from ever getting cold enough to make great trails. Frozen Water: The mercury has to drop low enough and long enough to start forming good ice before it snows or we end up with uncertain ice conditions. Worse, poor freezing means that swamps, bogs, marshes and creeks won’t support the weight of grooming equipment. If so, groomers can’t get to many areas to begin packing snow into a base that will support a trail. Worst case, a lot of snow falls before good ice forms and insulates any existing ice from ever freezing solidly enough for a good trail. The Right Kind of Snow: Trails need snow with substance, meaning decent moisture content. The drier the snow, the fluffier and the less suited it is to being packed down. Ideally, enough good snow will fall to allow groomers to travel over it with minimal risk of damage from underlying rocks, stumps and other immoveable obstacles. Enough is also needed so that a groomer can drag snow to fill cracks, crevices and hollows to smooth the trail. Depending on the condition of the underlying surface, a smoother trail may take several snowfalls and groomer passes. Worst case, not enough of the right kind of snow can either prevent grooming from starting or considerably slow down the process of setting a trail base. Too Much Snow: Too much snow at one time becomes a significant barrier to getting a trail ready. Just as it takes several days to dig yourself out after a major snowstorm, groomer operators have to dig out themselves, get to the buried groomers and dig them out, and then try to break through the snow on the trails, often making first passes without pulling a drag just to get through. Getting a massive amount of snow knocked down enough to pull a drag over can take several days, assuming more snow doesn’t fall in the meantime. Craig Nicholson, The Intrepid Snowmobiler "this section is provided to the Wasaga Snowmobile Club for their provided content. Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Beach BOOSTER Group and Beach BOOSTER has the right to fill the space with snowmobile related content if sufficient contribution is not provided by the club”
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Building an Event! On January 4 and 5, Beach BOOSTER Promotions presented the inaugural Wasaga Beach SLEDFEST. As the mandate of the Beach BOOSTER Group continues to be, make Wasaga Beach an even better place to live, visit and do business, our goal for SLEDFEST was to bring an organized snowmobile event back to Wasaga Beach and draw winter visitors to our town on a traditionally quiet January weekend. It was only last October that we became aware of an opportunity to move a planned event to Wasaga Beach, but only if we were able to secure all the necessary approvals and gained support from the community. We knew this left us little time to make things happen... but saw this as a chance to recognize the long and rich history of snowmobiling in The Beach with an event at our Main Beach. The first step was to gain the approval from Ontario Parks (MNR) to use the Main Beach. This was done early and all the completed paperwork, insurance confirmation, security deposit and land use fees were provided to Ontario Parks as promised. An undertaking of this size and significance, especially with the limited time available, would not have been possible without the knowledge, experience and professional contacts of Mr. John Bors. John is a relatively new member of our community
Mel Packaj and Catherine Thompson of Georgian Bay Life presented
Shawn Crozier kept us entertained as a presenter
and his enthusiasm to bring an event like this to our Main Beach matched that of Beach BOOSTER. A partnership was formed for this project as John took on the role of Race Director... and so much more! John’s experience gained from other motor sport events gave him the knowledge and also very important contacts with people and organizations in the Snowmobiling world and these relationships proved essential for the success of our inaugural event. One of the most important components John’s experience provided was the participation of the North American Snowmobile Drag Racing Association (NASDRA). Ms. Linda Masse of NASDRA brought the professionalism needed to host an event like SLEDFEST with the latest electronic timing systems, high tech equipment trailer, starting lights and of course a trained team of professionals to keep all the racers organized, happy and safe. The transformation of a deserted, snow covered Main Beach... into a world class Event Site was a huge challenge. Although there were misleading media reports of astronomical dollar amounts suggested by The Town of Wasaga Beach for participation in SLEDFEST, these were prepared by town staff as a “worst case scenario” suggestion (in case we had to truck in snow) and were never part of the original Beach BOOSTER proposal! We thank the town for their time in preparing the necessary reports and helping us with procedures. Special Events provided us with miscellaneous special event items including traffic cones, fencing, tables and traffic barriers and also arranged for a road closure to be manned by a Bylaw Officer. The use of the Transit Building on 2nd Street as a warming station was appreciated. Municipal parking lots around our event site were cleared of snow and some snow banks were cleared from Spruce Street on the Friday prior to our event. Post-event estimates prepared by town staff suggest an “in
Drag Strip created on the World’s Longest Freshwater Beach Photo courtesy of High Eye Aerial Imaging
Pisten Bully grooms the track Photo courtesy of Enrique Photo Art
Magician Sawyer Bullock entertained on stage
Local Entertainer Thomas Finn presented
kind” (not cash) inter-departmental expense of approximately $9,000.00, according to the internal accounting procedures. The herculean task of preparing our Main Beach was completed... in extreme weather with temperatures of minus 30, with the amazing work of our team made up of volunteers using their own equipment or that sourced by Beach BOOSTER through CRS in Collingwood. Our team removed the snow from Beach Drive, prepared for vendors and displays, cleared and cleaned the garbage receptacles and groomed the spectator area to welcome our guests. Parking areas were kept accessible by our team of volunteers on Sunday by removing the overnight snow. Prior to the weekend and under the guidance and supervision of Race Director John Bors and the officials from NASDRA, our team created a World Class 660 foot Drag Strip on our World Famous Main Beach. The track was fully lit for late afternoon racing and included a safe run off area and return lane. Many thanks go to Track Vehicle Repair in Elmvale for their generous supply of a high tech Pisten Bully Groomer for track preparation and maintenance. SLEDFEST 2014 succeeded in bringing snowmobile enthusiasts BACK to Wasaga Beach for an organized event, the first of its kind in over two decades! With 3,000 spectators (almost 80% from out of town) and 249 registered racers, local businesses were happy to welcome visitors to The Beach! This event was a true community effort and could not have been done without our many valued volunteers (see article in previous beach BOOSTER publication) and the support of local businesses. Although we have some very exciting plans for a bigger and better SLEDFEST for January 2015, we hope to start early to gain the needed support from The Town and some additional sponsors. Joe Bickerstaff
Enthusiasts from all over enjoy our Beachfront. Photo courtesy of Enrique Photo Art