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Cochrane history: Cars parked on the ice of Lake Commando for 1965 winter carnival

It will be 60 years this February, since the first ever Cochrane Chimo Winter Carnival.  For our local history feature this week, we check out the third one, in 1965.

Full coverage in the Northland Post leading up to the mid-February event indicated that a total of 31 young women were vying for the title of Carnival Princess.

And as public library archivist Ardis Proulx-Chedore found out, a wildlife display was a new feature.

“The main collection is being brought by the Department of Lands and Forests, and supplementing it will be a valuable collection of furs, stuffed animals, birds and fish by Mike Miller, Monteith taxidermist.”

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The wildlife display was in a circus tent on the swimming dock at Lake Commando.

As Proulx-Chedore also reads, carnival lapel buttons would entitle carnival goers to attend all the events on the lake.

“There will be free parking on the lake. The parking area should take from 150 to 200 cars. Direction signs will help visitors find their way around the lake attractions.”

Thanks to Ardis and the library for supplying material for our weekly history feature.

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