Rossland Winter Carnival hits town next week

The 116th Rossland Winter Carnival is only one week away and it’s looking to be a great event.

Lisa Wegner

The 116th Rossland Winter Carnival is only one week away and it’s looking to be a great event. This year, the carnival runs from Jan. 24-27

Lisa Wegner, an organizer for the carnival, noted that the carnival is still in need of volunteers and that those interested can find out more information online at

A table for volunteer recruitment will also be set up at Ferraro Foods on Saturday Jan. 19,  so, she said, there is still lots of time to join the fun!

The Get Hyped party is at the Prestige on Tuesday Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. and will be an opportunity for volunteers to receive their buffs and other great items, as well as lots of food and entertainment.

“It is the commitment and efforts of this community, the volunteers and our sponsors that has consistently put us on the map in a very positive light,” Wegner noted.

She added that the scheduled taping of Canada A.M. on Friday, Jan. 25 is an opportunity to show the world what Rossland means to it’s residents.

The carnival website is being kept up to date and has an extensive list of the event times and places.

On Thursday, the Nelson and District Variety Show will start things off, 7 p.m. at Rossland Secondary School.

That will be followed up with the Bobsled Calcutta at the Garage Restaurant, where you can bid on your team to win Saturday’s race.

On Friday morning, starting at 2:30 a.m., Canada AM will be filming on location for a live broadcast for Eastern viewers. There will be events including Bobsled Shine and Show, Ice Carvers and Rail Jam, as well as plenty of prizes, free coffee and hot chocolate, for coming out.

Over the course of the day there will be events such as Learn to Luge, King of the Mountain ski, telemark and snowboard race and the carnival parade.

Saturday, the day starts with the Firefighters Pancake Breakfast, then the Sonny Samuelson Bobsled Race down Spokane.

The Game Rail Jam will be on downtown, as well as the World Championship Bigolfathon at Red. The Rossland Public Library and the Rossland Historical Museum will have extended hours as well.

Sunday features the Olaus Invitational BC Luge Cup Race at Red, starting at 9 a.m., as well as Kid Carnival and the John Heintz Relay Race, a relay from the top of Red Mountain to the Lions campground.

In the afternoon, Norwegian journalist Svein Saeter and Rossland born historian Ron Shearer will talk about Olaus Jeldness from their two unique perspectives- Norwegian and North American.

The presentation starts at 3 p.m. at the Prestige.

For a more detailed itinerary, go to, or see schedules printed in the Rossland News and West Kootenay Advertiser.


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