3rd Annual Winter Carnival

Family Day Fun for Everyone!

Family Day - Monday, February 20, 2017

Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Snow or no snow -the event will be on 

Thorndale Fair Grounds & Community Centre

Cost: FREE!

Cash & cheque donations appreciated.

Thanks to the Municipality of Thames Centre who donated the use of the facility for the day.

New this year:
Mass Welcome Mob: Community Centre 3:25pm. Pre-register with us to ensure you will receive your special mob gifts. 
Community Group Matching Game: How well do you know Thorndale groups?
Minute to Win It Games with Tabby in the Community Centre!

Perfect timing, Mother Nature
Thanks Mark Goris for clearing some paths
Pony Rides thanks to Cherry Grove Stables
Thank-you Suzanna!
Thorndale Lions Sleigh Rides
Mt. Olivett Masonic Lodge Tug of War
Optimist Club Plank Races
Plank Ski Races by the Optimist Club
Agricultural Society's Bonfire & Marshmallow Roasting
Thorndale Area Churches Sled Pulling Races
Slingshot Station run by Thorndale Repair Shop & the Goris Family
Thorndale Fire Dept. Road Hockey Game
Sno-Pitch supported by the Men's & Ladies Slo-Pitch Leagues
Musical Entertainment arranged by Purple Hill Country Opry Hall
Making Hacky Sacs with Healthy Kids Community Challenge
Face painting with RBC Bank, Argyle
Olaf! Thanks to RBC Bank & Youth Volunteers
The always popular, Model Train Station
Future Olympian?
Enjoy refreshments courtesy of the Optimist Club, Women's Institute & Farmers' Market Committee
Thanks for quenching our thirsts!
Watch for Market updates!
Congrats to our door prize winners!
Thanks to the Optimist for the Hot Dogs!




Outdoor Winter Fun & Games from 1-3pm

Visits from Olaf (BMO -Thorndale Branch)
Horse drawn wagon rides (Lions Club)
Tug of War (Mt. Olivett Masonic Lodge)
Road Hockey. Please bring your own hockey stick.
Relay races (Thorndale & Area Churches) 
Bonfire & marshmallows (Thorndale Agricultural Society)
Plank-ski races (Optimist Club)
Tennis ball slingshot (I Love Thorndale)
Baseball Zone on the tennis courts (Janis Armstrong) Please bring your own glove.
Model Railway Building is also open for visitors.
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Indoors from 1- 4pm:
Story time & colouring with the Thorndale Library,
Music (thanks to George Taylor at Purple Hill Country Hall)
Face Painting with Sylvia (SylverDesign) 
Minute to Win It Games (Thanks Welcome Mob Leader, Tabby!)
Hot Dogs (thanks to the Optimist Club)
Popcorn (thanks to the Thorndale Farmers' Market Committee)
Warm drinks (thanks to the Women's Institute).
Water Does Wonders (Healthy Kid Community Challenge) 

3:25 Mass Welcome Mob!
All free!

Be sure to smile for the camera. Thanks to Bridget Heeman, Thorndale Fair Ambassador for volunteering to take photos for her 3rd year! 

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 Join our event on our Facebook page to receive updates
To learn more about volunteering (ie. set-up, welcoming, tear down, etc) for this family-focused FREE event, please contact us
View and Print your own event map here: 2016 map

Words of Thanks!

The 3rd annual Winter Carnival was a complete success!

Creating, planning, organizing and executing an event of this magnitude is not for everyone, BUT the incredible showing of community, friends, neighbours and family supporting myself, the service clubs and the community is almost overwhelming.

I would like to VERY sincerely thank so many individuals, families, community groups, volunteers and even a few businesses for working so hard to pull this event off without a hitch. There were so many hands on deck yesterday, it was pretty awesome to experience. We are very fortunate to be living in such an involved community.

There is no way I want to try to thank people individually for fear of leaving someone out, but please know that your small efforts, your big efforts and your expenses have not gone unnoticed. Not one person, organization or group disappointed. And Tabby, you're a rockstar!!

The smiles on the hundreds of faces that attended, the excitement heard in kids' voices that the hot dogs are free (nearly 700 hundred of them!) -everything was free! and seeing so many families just playing around and having a great time is totally worth the hours of work put in to this, the mess in my car and the sticky floors in my house right now. Family time and play doesn't have to be complicated. Keep it simple!

If you attended the event, thank-you as well. Keep sharing your pictures - it's great to see it through everyone's lens. If you dropped money in the donation bin, thank-you very much for that as well. If you missed it, well - you missed it 🙂

We had visitors from far beyond Thorndale, even some that are considering moving to Thorndale so they thought they'd come "check it out." I'm sure they were impressed by the spirit in this community. Thanks for an opportunity to give them a great impression.

The success of this event is through collaboration, and as such we created a Matching Game to create awareness for the Thorndale Community Groups and their role in Thorndale. The winner of the digital camera (donated by IT Cloud Advisors - thanks Roberta J. Fox-Lawson & Steve!) was Danny D (who was busy volunteering during our event). Congrats to Danny!

Lastly, thanks to my family. Dan who tolerates the hours I spent pouring in to I Love Thorndale and my kids who patience when mommy is busy "sending messages" is sometimes hard to hold on to. It was so nice to be able to enjoy the day together. And to my dad (Jim Babcock) & Yvonne Woods-Babcock who haven't missed a winter carnival yet (and that doesn't surprise me)! They came home and had the table set, roast beef dinner ready to eat, dishes washed and helped get our kids ready for bed. Grateful to have tired feet, but be surrounded by such loving support.

With all that said, please continue to support the work of the many groups in Thorndale (Dinner theatres, Lions breakfast, bingos, bike rodeos, fairs, dinners - there's so much).

As always, I encourage you to enjoy the great resource that our website is: http://www.ilovethorndale.ca/


Cheers Thorndale & neighbours - you guys are great!

PS. if you have any suggestions for improving the winter carnival, you can email them to info@ilovethorndale.ca