City council issues turkey curling challenge

The die has been cast by Flin Flon city council. They’re entering a team in the turkey curling event at this year’s Denare Beach Winter Festival and they’re daring the Town of Creighton and the Village of Denare Beach to do the same.

Councillors discussed the annual challenge at the Jan. 21 city council meeting.

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“I want to issue a challenge to the other two councils for the turkey curling. I want us to put together a team,” said councillor Colleen McKee.

“Between our council and our administration, I think we could come up with four curlers.”

McKee, fellow councillors Karen MacKinnon and Ken Pawlachuk all jumped on the chance, even after being reminded they were speaking at a public meeting and their answers would be put on the public record. It was unknown who would be the team’s fourth member. Mayor Cal Huntley said he’d consider joining up.

“I want a trophy,” McKee said.

One night later at the Jan. 22 meeting of Creighton town council, when asked about the challenge, Creighton Mayor Bruce Fidler took the news lightheartedly.

“Good luck to them,” he said.

“We can be persuaded to do anything with the right prize at the end,” he added with a chuckle.

Every year during the festival, the village hosts what has been billed as the Turkey Curling World Championships – 16 birds are frozen, covered in coloured duct tape with handles attached to them and are used as curling rocks in games held on the bunk behind the Denareplex.

Neither the Town of Creighton or the Village of Denare Beach have sent an official team of council members on the ice in recent years, but several members of both councils already take part in teams made of family members or friends.

This year’s Denare Beach Winter Festival will take place from Feb. 21-23.

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