In the spirit of a positive carnival

Editorial - Rossland News opinionated editorial. Welcome to Winter Carnival.

Welcome to Rossland’s 118th Winter Carnival. Established in 1898 it is the country’s longest running winter celebration. Festivals bring with them both positive and negative impacts on the host community. How can a festival be negative you ask – think traffic congestion, anti social behaviour or not being able to find a clean washroom.As one of the many community celebrations that populate our regional calendar, the Rossland Winter Carnival is good for our community!  You don’t survive this long without the community’s support.The community spirit at this carnival will set your heart alight. With a population of just over 3,500 people, Rossland has around 250 volunteers involved. The carnival gives Rossland a sense of identity and celebrates our outdoor culture. That’s just some of the things that make this carnival so much fun and uniquely special.Bringing people to the downtown core to socialize and spend money, the carnival is great for the local economy, good for building social relationships and acts as a catalyst for infrastructure development. We think this is one of the best homegrown winter festivals on this planet so enjoy everything the winter carnival offers our community but help to keep our festival positive. Try walking or using the free ride bus, be polite to strangers and don’t litter. Having a few drinks? Then know your limit. Above all be in the spirit of the community festival!