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Cochrane history: Winter carnival, 1993

It might not look a lot like it, but winter carnival season is fast approaching.  So in our Cochrane history segment this week, we go back to planning for the 1993 carnival.

The January 13th edition of the Northland Post carried a story about the event expanding to include two weekends, and the week between them.

Carnival chair Claude Bourassa sayi it was because of the increasing number of activities on the lake, and during evenings.

“The one weekend was becoming too congested,” he told the newspaper. “All motel rooms were booked up and there were too many events to run on the lake, so we were having to move them elsewhere”.

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Bourassa said there was also an effort underway to run more events for children and young people.

Among other additions, the parade route was moved off the fire route in town.  Organizer Ken McWhirter said it was also getting away from too many trick turns.  He said floats were continually getting longer, year to year.

Thanks to the Cochrane Public Library for throwing open its archives to us, so we can present our weekly look at local history.

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