Skate Amherstburg prepares for 41st Ice Carnival


By Joel Charron

After celebrating their 40th Ice Carnival in extravagant fashion last year, Skate Amherstburg is headed back to basics for their 41st Annual Ice Carnival.

Entitled “Just Dance,” Skate Amherstburg’s 41st Annual Ice Carnival will take place March 31 at UCCU Complex at 2 p.m.

“We really couldn’t help ourselves last year,” joked Skate Amherstburg president, Sharon Kawai.  “It was a new building and it was our 40th anniversary, we just had to get the Olympic skater.”

Kawai said Skate Amherstburg is starting a new era.

“We’re going to mix it up a bit this year,” he said.

The 41st Ice Carnival will feature 120 skaters of all skating levels and will feature an ice-dancing segment from their senior and intermediate level girls.

“We finally convinced our male dance partners to show what ice dancing is really like,” joked Kawai.

Kawai mentioned there will even be a segment featuring the Amherstburg Midget Majors Stars.

Kawai said the ice carnival is an opportunity for all skaters to showcase what they have learned over the past 25 weeks.

In the past, Skate Amherstburg has put on two shows, one in the afternoon and another in the evening, however to cut down on ice fees and to make it easier for the younger children they decided to do only one afternoon show.

Tickets for the 41st Ice Carnival are being sold at the UCCU Complex. Prices are $8 for adults, $5 for children ages four-12 and under three are free.

Kawai urges people to buy their tickets in advance.

“We are limited,” she said.  “If people are interested in coming it’s a good idea to buy their tickets a head of time.”

Kawai also mentioned if the ice carnival happens to sell out, Skate Amherstburg will entertain the idea of opening up the standing room only area, for a “significantly reduced price.”

Tickets will be sold until March 30.

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