Corydon C.C. eager for WinterFest return

Community carnival promises fun, still seeking volunteers


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River Heights

Corydon Community Centre’s Winterfest is back and ready to welcome the community for a week of events from Jan. 25 to 29.

“It’s exciting,” community centre general manager Abbie Bajon said. “We haven’t done it since 2020 in January. So this is nice that we can actually do it, because last year we started planning and of course, it was cancelled.”

Bajon said the week will bring many activities for children and adults alike.

Photo by Cody Sellar

Corydon Community Centre general manager Abbie Bajon is seeking volunteers to staff the winter festival.

“We’ll have carnival games. We’ll have outdoor fire pits. We’ll have some stuff on the outdoor ice, and we’ll have a big bouncer,” she said.

There will also be a silent auction, called a “player’s choice raffle,” all weekend, a wine and beer raffle, and a 50/50 draw. On Sat., Jan. 27, there will be a pancake breakfast, and an outdoor hockey tournament will be played throughout the festival.

For adults, there will also be an outdoor pond hockey tournament and a “snow pitch tournament,” in which people will be playing a slow-pitch softball tournament in the snow at the Crescentwood location of Corydon Community Centre.

Events will be spread across the three locations — Crescentwood, Sir John Franklin, and River Heights — but the River Heights location will serve as the principal location, particularly for the “family fun” events.

“So we have lots of things planned, but we’re just trying to finalize those based on volunteers, because it takes volunteers to be at all the stations,” Bajon said.

To this point, Bajon said they’ve only filled approximately 18 per cent of the volunteer slots. For the Corydon Community Centre, as well as other community centres around the city, the drop in volunteerism has been a lingering issue since the onset of the pandemic — although Bajon said the writing may have been on the wall before that.

She said she hopes it won’t be necessary to cancel events, and may have to use paid staff in place of volunteers.

“Which takes away from it as a fundraiser,” she said. “This is our biggest fundraiser of the year.”

Bajon encouraged people to volunteer or just to come down and enjoy the festivities.

“It’s a great time,” Bajon said, recalling previous years’ events. “Bajon said the family activities are free, so all children can participate.

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Cody Sellar

Cody Sellar
Community Journalist

Cody Sellar is the reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review West. He is a lifelong Winnipegger. He is a journalist, writer, sleuth, sloth, reader of books and lover of terse biographies. Email him at or call him at 204-697-7206.

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