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Ringing out the season at the Bunny Jamboree

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On Saturday, Feb. 23, the River East Ringette Association kicked things old-school with a different take on the yearly Bunny Jamboree.  

Every year, instead of playoffs, our youngest players end the year with a celebration of ringette sponsored by Tim Hortons.

The host association changes every year but the theme is always fun and friendship.  Over the years, the jamboree has included on-ice ringette stations and/or mini ringette games and medals from Tim Hortons presented to all the players.

This year, River East Ringette decided to host the event outside in a winter carnival-type atmosphere at North Kildonan Community Club. The 24 teams who participated were able to play ringette on the outdoor rinks — which was a first for many. Parents couldn’t help but reminisce about their own playing days as they watched their wee ones from the boards.

There were also indoor activities such as bouncers and face painting for the players and their families and all the players were treated to a hot dog and chips. Tim Hortons supplied coffee and hot chocolate for everyone. There was even an old-fashioned candy scramble in the snow!

Many older players came out to help with the event.  River East’s U14 tween A team spent most of the day face painting, time-keeping and keeping the bunnies safe on the bouncers and many U14 Magic AA players were there to hand out medals and take pictures with the younger girls.

The U12 North Kildonan Cobras were also well-represented at the event and were busy helping out wherever they were needed with a couple of players setting up a table to sell duct-tape creations, a big hit with everyone!

The hall at North Kildonan was full of smiles and laughter from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., when the last team cleared out.

I think it is safe to say that this year’s bunny jamboree will not soon be forgotten.

A big thank you goes out to Tim Hortons for sponsoring the bunnies and making the jamboree such a success.

Thank you as well to ALL the volunteers, players, parents, and coaches!

What a great way to end the year!

Suzanne Dyck is a community correspondent for River East.

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