HANTSPORT, N.S. — On the final day of the fifth annual Hantsport Winter Carnival, Paul Morton, who organized the event, was delighted to see the community come together.
Morton, who revived the once-popular carnival in 2014, said the event continues to gain momentum, becoming a festival that families look forward to.
“The numbers seemed to be up again. Everybody seemed to have a good time. Laser tag was a big hit,” said Morton.
This was the first year for laser tag and Morton said he counted at least 100 different people trying out the new activity, with several playing more than one game.
“ The first night, when it was really cold out, there were 60 different kids,” said Morton, noting it wasn't just children enjoying the sport.
“Everybody that I've talked to seemed to be positive; everything seemed to go well and was well-attended,” he said.
The event ran from Jan. 25-28 and featured everything from chocolate bar bingo to a bonfire and fireworks.
Due to the mild weather on the last day, the highly anticipated Winter Olympics-inspired activity had to be cancelled, but that didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. Dozens of adults brought children out for the carnival’s last laser tag event. Kids ran around the grounds squealing with laughter as they fired their laser weapons at each other.
To finish up the day, participants gathered at the Hantsport Fire Hall to play some chocolate bar bingo. With an old bingo card and a handful of washers, kids and adults played together, all trying to be the first to shout bingo.
Morton said he's thankful for the outpouring of support from the community, and in particular, the volunteers.
“I'd like to thank all the volunteers who helped out on the weekend. If it wasn't for them, we couldn't make this happen.”
~ With files from Carole Morris-Underhill