Skate A’Burg to celebrate 40th Ice Carnival

By Joel Charron

It’s a celebration that has been 40 years in the making.

Skate Amherstburg is busy preparing for their 40th Annual Ice Carnival on April 2 and president Sharon Kawai promises that this milestone year will be “over the top.”

Lauren Kawai works on her spin in practice.

“We are really excited about this,” said Kawai. “We decided instead of doing our normal show we wanted to step up our game and knock it out of the park.”

The theme of this year’s Ice Carnival is “Please Don’t Stop The Music,” and is the first Ice Carnival in the United Communities Credit Union Complex.

“We wanted to some how celebrate our 40th year and show how music is such an integral part in figure skating and the fact that we want to keep it going for another 40 years,” explained Kawai.

The Ice Carnival will feature roughly 150 of Skate Amherstburg’s figure skaters, starting with four-year-old skaters and going right  up the line with intermediate and senior skaters.

To help celebrate their 40th Ice Carnival; Jeffrey Buttle will make an appearance. Buttle is a three time national champion, 2006 Olympic bronze medalist and 2008 World Champion.

Open Air Events will provide a down screen for an intermission show that will feature past ice carnivals.

“We are working really hard to make this year something people will always remember,” said Kawai.

Although Kawai said the group is excited and happy to be in the new complex, she pointed out that they have been met with some challenges

Korie Paquette and Johnathan Drury work on a routine for Skate Amherstburg’s 40th Annual Ice Carnival

along the way. Many skaters are still adjusting to the larger ice surface, which has also caused a small dilemma with the lights being strung up around the boards. In the old building the lights were a perfect fit, however in the new complex the lights around the boards came up a little short. Kawai said the town is trying to find lights in its inventory to help.

There will be two shows with the first being at 12:30 p.m. and the second at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children 4-12 and free for children three-and-under. Tickets go on sale March 21 and will be available Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 4-7 p.m. in the lobby of the Untied Communities Credit Union Complex. For members of the public unable to purchase tickets during those times, call Sheila Treleaven at 519-736-4269.

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