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The Winnipeg Police Pipes and Drums kicked off the opening ceremonies at the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings followed by a surprise celebrity appearance.

Ron Burgundy salutes his adoring fans prior to throwing the first rock durig the opening ceremonies of the Roar of the Rings at MTS Centre Sunday.

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Ron Burgundy salutes his adoring fans prior to throwing the first rock durig the opening ceremonies of the Roar of the Rings at MTS Centre Sunday. Photo Store

Glenn Howard shares a doughnut with Ron Burgundy following the opening ceremonies at the 2013 Roar Of The Rings championship in Winnipeg.

JOHN WOODS / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Glenn Howard shares a doughnut with Ron Burgundy following the opening ceremonies at the 2013 Roar Of The Rings championship in Winnipeg.

Sixteen curling teams vying for two spots representing Canada at the 2014 Sochi games filed out onto the ice with the crowd roaring for the hometown favourites.

The banner was raised and official rocks were thrown by former Team Canada Olympians

who hit the button.

Winnipeg is hosting what's been called the most significant curling event ever held in the city. There are more than 1000 local volunteers and fans and media from across North America watching it — including Ron Burgundy, the celebrated newscaster portrayed by Saturday Night Live alumnus Will Ferrell.

After the opening ceremony, Burgundy appeared unexpectedly at ice level in a dashing burgundy plaid blazer.

"Very classy!" said Trish Rey a fan of both curling and Burgundy.

The crowd roared for the celebrity.

He was given a quick lesson on throwing a stone by one of the competitors.

"I'm a little nervous for him," said Rey.

His feet didn't leave the hack but he still managed to throw a stone that hit the 12-foot ring. The crowd cheered and burgundy raised his arms in triumph.

Rey was relieved and pleased he's at the event.

"It's cool, hey?"

Burgundy shared his knowledge of fashion, Winnipeg and curling at a quick media scrum in the bowels of MTS Centre today.

Let's hope he knows more about curling.

The newscaster portrayed by comedian Ferrell in the movie Anchorman called plays on the televised broadcast of this afternoon's draw.

He was asked what he could bring to the game of curling.

"I can bring a certain amount of dignity and class," said Burgundy.

"This is made from quality man-made fibres — a beautiful polyester blend."

When asked what Winnipeg means, he had an explanation.

"It's Latin in its root," he said? mistakenly confident. "It means a small tundra bunny who lives in a hole on the side of the hill."

 As Burgundy ascended to the press box at MTS Centre as cheers erupted from the stands Sunday.

"Ron Burgundy!" roared those who recognized the character.

Some curling fans — who had no idea who he is, seemed unamused by the distraction.

A group of five young men decked out in Anchorman blazers from Valu Village cheered for him and held up signs but were ignored by him.

"Why won't you look at us, Ron?" they bellowed.

They bought tickets to the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings mainly because of Ron Burgundy, said Nic Zilinski. It's an important event that will decide which teams will represent Canada at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, he said. They were also cheering for Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones rink, he said.

"We need to be at this event and support whoever is going."

Ron Burgundy waves to his fans during the opening ceremony.
Ron Burgundy samples some local cuisine courtesy of skip Glenn Howard (right) at the opening ceremonies at the 2013 Roar Of The Rings.
Ron Burgundy cradles a doughnut at Roar of the Rings.
Ron Burgundy prepares to throw the first rock at Roar of the Rings.
Ron Burgundy gets pointers before throwing the first rock at Roar of the Rings.
Ron Burgundy tosses the first rock at Roar of the Rings.
Burgundy celebrates after releasing a rock as Glenn Howard (right) and his team look on after opening ceremony.
Ron Burgundy gets down to business as curlers start throwing stones.
Ron Burgundy and legendary TSN curling broadcaster Vic Rauter (right) call the shots.
Ron Burgundy waves to the crowd at the MTS Centre.
Ron Burgundy mingles with curling fans at the MTS Centre.
Ron Burgundy added to the star power Sunday at the MTS Centre.
Ron Burgundy presses the flesh Sunday at the MTS Centre.
Ron Burgundy signs autographs Sunday at the MTS Centre.
Ron Burgundy faces his toughest task — addressing the media — at Roar of the Rings.
This burgundy leather club chair and ottoman, which once belonged to former New York City mayor Ed Koch, looks very comfortable and would be a wonderful place in which someone such as Ron Burgundy could relax after looking through this exciting slide show.
Ron Burgundy waves to his fans during the opening ceremony. - MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
Ron Burgundy samples some local cuisine courtesy of skip Glenn Howard (right) at the opening ceremonies at the 2013 Roar Of The Rings. - John Woods / The Canadian Press
Ron Burgundy cradles a doughnut at Roar of the Rings. - Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press
Ron Burgundy prepares to throw the first rock at Roar of the Rings. - Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press
Ron Burgundy gets pointers before throwing the first rock at Roar of the Rings. - Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press
Ron Burgundy tosses the first rock at Roar of the Rings. - Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press
Burgundy celebrates after releasing a rock as Glenn Howard (right) and his team look on after opening ceremony. - John Woods / The Canadian Press
Ron Burgundy gets down to business as curlers start throwing stones. - Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press
Ron Burgundy and legendary TSN curling broadcaster Vic Rauter (right) call the shots. - MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
Ron Burgundy waves to the crowd at the MTS Centre. - Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press
Ron Burgundy mingles with curling fans at the MTS Centre. - Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press
Ron Burgundy added to the star power Sunday at the MTS Centre. - Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press
Ron Burgundy presses the flesh Sunday at the MTS Centre. - Miek Deal / Winnipeg Free Press
Ron Burgundy signs autographs Sunday at the MTS Centre. - Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press
Ron Burgundy faces his toughest task — addressing the media — at Roar of the Rings. - Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press
This burgundy leather club chair and ottoman, which once belonged to former New York City mayor Ed Koch, looks very comfortable and would be a wonderful place in which someone such as Ron Burgundy could relax after looking through this exciting slide show. - Associated Press Archives
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Updated on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 3:04 PM CST: Added write through

5:26 PM: Adds slide show.

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