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Frontenac Heritage Festivalby Jeff Green -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Planning is underway for a new event in the SharbotLake area, a festival to celebrate the winter heritage of Central Frontenac.

The schedule is still being finalised for the event, which will take place during Canadian Heritage Week, between Thursday February 22nd and Sunday, February 25th. Among the confirmed events are a heritage quilt show, a community square dance, a Saturday evening concert featuring two-time Juno award winner Jenny Whitely and friends, and some pancake breakfasts and community dinners as well. The Sharbot Lake High School Winter Carnival is scheduled for the Friday as well, and it is kicked off with a pancake breakfast.

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This, the first year of what organisers hope will become an annual event, is timed to coincide with a Letterheads event, a sort of busman’s holiday for sign painters, which is being hosted by local sign painters and muralists Roger MacMunn and Donna Larocque. They have coaxed several of their industry peers, some from as far away as Saskatchewan, into visiting the area to participate in workshops and seminars. MacMunn and Larocque have recently completed two murals for the Township of Central Frontenac, and participants in the February Fever event will be working on four projects. When completed, the projects will be donated to the community.

Another event that will be taking place on the Saturday is the Safe and Sober Alliance Snow Rodeo, which is coming to Central Frontenac for the first time. The Rodeo, which will include a snowmobile and an ATV poker run, has been held at the Odessa Fairgrounds for the past three years, but it has been lured north with the promise of snow.

The Safe and Sober Alliance is a partnership of several groups and institutions, including KFL&A Public Health, the OPP SAVE Team, several OPP detachments, the Kingston Police Force and the RCMP. The Frontenac ATV club will be organizing the ATV run and the SharbotLake and Snow Road Snowmobile clubs will bw organizing the snowmobile ride. The plan, at this point, is for the Rodeo to be based at the site of the new Sharbot Lake Fire Hall. Along with the ATV and snowmobile rides, there will be a mock trail crash demonstration, the Greater Kingston enhanced Ride Van will be on site and available for tours as well, and there will be activities for the whole family.

The Heritage Festival organizers are finalizing plans for other events, and further details will be available in the coming weeks.

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